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20 Aug 2001 // 3:00 PM

Nathan Larson: Jealous God

There are plenty of artists out there with spiritual leanings, but very few willing to deal with God—with a capital ‘G’.

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        Charles Lloyd: Hyperion with Higgins

I wonder how many of the one million people who bought Forest Flower back in the hippy era will check this release out. Probably precious

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	The Isley Brothers: Harvest for the World / The Heat is On

Eternal, the most recent release by the famed Isley Brothers, is easily one of their strongest since their classic “3+3” era. Almost four decades before “Mr.

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20 Aug 2001 // 3:00 PM

	His Name Is Alive: someday my blues will cover the earth

The release of His Name Is Alive’s new album was held up, according to the 4AD website, by “near legendary” problems with the cover.

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	Dave Holland Quintet: Not for Nothin’

If Dave Holland ever tires of being mentioned only as the young English bass-player recruited by Miles Davis in the late ‘60s, then he does

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20 Aug 2001 // 3:00 PM

	Scott Henry: Buzz: The Politics of Sound

For all the bad press the rave community has gotten over the years, very few cases rival the sensational shut-down of the Buzz club in

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	Charlie Haden / Egberto Gismonti: In Montreal

I can’t imagine why this has taken 12 years to surface but the current fondness for Latin music won’t hurt its sales. In fact

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	Holly Golightly: Singles Round-Up

If the music industry were like an episode of the original Star Trek, Holly Golightly would be the goateed evil doppelganger of Julee Cruise. Or,

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20 Aug 2001 // 3:00 PM

	Miles Davis: Live at the Fillmore East

The group that Miles Davis brought to the Fillmore Auditorium on March 6 and 7, 1970, the so-called “lost quintet”, was a loud and fierce avant-garde jazz/rock

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20 Aug 2001 // 3:00 PM

	The Damned: Grave Disorder

The Damned are back. If that news excites you, then you’ll be happy to know that the regrouped punk band from days of yore

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20 Aug 2001 // 3:00 PM

	Elvis Costello: Spike / All This Useless Beauty

What makes Elvis Costello’s music so vital is its restlessness. For better or worse, he has continually refused to rely on formulas or reputation,

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20 Aug 2001 // 3:00 PM

	The Clean: Getaway

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	Black Cat Music: Hands in the Estuary, Torso in the Lake

Some interesting things about Black Cat Music: 1. They hate being compared to the Murder City Devils, and have considered making a section of their website

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20 Aug 2001 // 3:00 PM

	Bosco: Action

From the boom-clap-bash of the first track, “Satellite” to the meaningless but inoffensive snippet of the last, “Runk Pockers”, Bosco’s Action is undeniably the

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	Black Box Recorder: The Worst of Black Box Recorder

After the tetchy tirades of the Auteurs, Luke Haines decided to shift focus—his Angry Young Man for the ‘90s act never quite hit the

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	The Appleseed Cast: Low Level Owl Volume I

Boy oh boy, did I expect to hate this record. The press kit alone nauseated me, with its hyperbolic invocations of “blossoming atmospherics” and “waves

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20 Aug 2001 // 3:00 PM

	Laurie Anderson: Life on a String

One of the keys to Laurie Anderson’s material success as an artist has been the ability of her albums to stand on their own

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16 Aug 2001 // 3:00 PM

The real change in Radiohead, however, is in their demeanor. They no longer exude the air of whiny, depressed, petulant art-rockers.

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	Craig David: Born to Do It

R&B crooner Craig David took his native England by storm last year. He became Britain’s youngest solo artist ever (at 19) to have

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In the third of our summer reading lists, John G. Nettles suggests that you pick up a few books that carry the highest recommendation of all -- certain people don't want you or your kids to read them.

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        The Two-Minute Miracles: Volume II

Memo from the ISEPG To: J. Andrew Magoffin (p.k.a. “The Two-Minute Miracles”) From: The International Society of Eccentric Pop Geniuses (ISEPG) Re: Your

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        Strike Anywhere: Change is a Sound

My friend Edwin has a favorite statistic, one he brings out whenever the subject of punk rock and authenticity comes up: The Sex Pistols’ Never

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13 Aug 2001 // 3:00 PM

        Spiv: Everybody’s a Rock Star Tonight

I’ll tell you: this EP is worth buying just to hear what person would actually be in a project with Ken Stringfellow and have

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        Lonnie Plaxico: Melange

A lot of jazz fans, particularly those who worship anything that involves ex-members of M-Base, are going to love this album. It has complex arrangements,

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        k.d. lang: Live By Request

There’s really something fascinating about the whole concept behind A&E’s Live By Request. The idea of musicians performing on television is

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13 Aug 2001 // 3:00 PM

	Fernando: Dreams of the Sun and Sky

Fernando’s troubled folk-rock aches with a wildness it can’t quite contain. His guitars own up to their country and Mexican influences and his

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13 Aug 2001 // 3:00 PM

	Andrew Clyne: Plugged IN

Tech-house can be a bit difficult to pin down. It’s the bridge between techno and house, two genres which themselves have so many sub-genres

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	Centro-Matic: Distance and Clime

The Denton, Texas-based quartet Centro-Matic have a rock and roll sound that is melodic, crunchy, and gleeful, but also a bit obtuse at times. It

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	Randy Crawford: Permanent

Randy Crawford was barely 20 years old when she began touring as George Benson’s opening act in 1972. Shortly thereafter the late Julian “Cannonball” Adderley would

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	Aram: Ghosts in a Season

Sometime last year, singer/songwriter Aram (no last names, please) developed a throat condition that kept him from singing or even talking for six whole

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11 Aug 2001 // 3:00 PM

The plush and posh El Rey Theater, a brief walk from the perpetually sinking mammoths of the La Brea tar pits, may be an unlikely

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9 Aug 2001 // 12:00 AM

Perhaps the saddest thing about Monroe's death is the culture of pervasive necrophilia that has risen since. Elton John brings the house down and rakes in millions singing, without a trace of irony, about how heinously those 'other' people so exploited her.

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8 Aug 2001 // 12:00 AM

The promise of Internet publishing, that of a level playing field for the scions and the Grandmasters of intellectual property, has yet to consummate the relationship between creative idealism and the community of the modern world.

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8 Aug 2001 // 12:00 AM

Freelance writer Vanessa Leggett, 33, was jailed July 20, 2001 for contempt of court charges, at the Justice Department’s request, by an unnamed judge in secret proceedings

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6 Aug 2001 // 3:00 PM

        Various Artists: The Real Jamaica Ska

First off, just let me say that yes, the title of this CD is accurate—this is indeed real Jamaican ska, dating from what sounds

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        The Yayhoos: Fear Not the Obvious

The Yayhoos are talent-packed, but they could hardly be considered a supergroup. If it weren’t for the brief success of the Georgia Satellites, the

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        Wolfgang Press: Everything Is Beautiful

The Wolfgang Press (Michael Allen, Mark Cox and Andrew Gray) were one of 4AD’s most enduring bands, spending the entirety of their career (more

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6 Aug 2001 // 3:00 PM

        Uberzone: Faith in the Future

Never one to shy away from experimentation, Q shows the world how harmoniously breaks, hip-hop, techno, and house work together. Only a human being could use computers to such emotional affect.

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        Archie Shepp and Rosewell Rudd: Live in New York

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        Bob Marley & the Wailers: Trenchtown Days: The Birth of a Legend

Before Bob Marley achieved worldwide superstardom in the 1970s with such hits as “I Shot the Sheriff”, “Jamming”, and “No Woman, No Cry”, he achieved

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	The Isley Brothers Featuring Ronald Isley aka Mr. Biggs: Eternal

If Ronald Isley never sang another note, his position among the pantheon of male R&B/soul vocalists would remain intact. As the lead

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6 Aug 2001 // 3:00 PM

	Dan Hicks & the Hot Licks: Alive & Lickin’

Alive & Lickin’ will inevitably be compared with Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks’ peerless 1971 live album, Where’s the Money?, but Alive & Lickin’

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6 Aug 2001 // 3:00 PM

	John Hiatt: Anthology

For someone who has been plugging away at his chosen craft for close to three decades it is short of criminal that John Hiatt has

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6 Aug 2001 // 3:00 PM

	Gilberto Gil & Milton Nascimento: Gil & Milton

Just as every country has its own cuisine, its own set of festive occasions, maybe even its own versions of the Dewey Decimal System, nowadays

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6 Aug 2001 // 3:00 PM

	DJ Onionz: Future Acoustics

New York-bred DJ Onionz may have a great rep, but Future Acoustics certainly isn’t a great album. That is, it isn’t great to

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	Benton Falls: Fighting Starlight

When I reviewed Deep Elm’s Emo Diaries Chapter Six, I noted that Benton Falls’s “Tell Him” was one of the standout tracks on

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6 Aug 2001 // 3:00 PM

	Better Than Ezra: Closer

After three albums with Elektra, and after steadily declining sales for every album since their debut, Better Than Ezra hopped to an indie label for

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	Alfie: if you happy with you need do nothing

Alfie—it’s such a quintessentially British name for a quintessentially British band, what with it being the title of a quintessential British film starring

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6 Aug 2001 // 3:00 PM

	Arling and Cameron: We Are A & C

Though you may not think you know what the duo Arling & Cameron sound like, you most likely have heard their music. This postmodern-kitsch-lounge-electro-europop group’

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	Juan Atkins: Legends: Volume 1

For once, the word “legend” actually applies: Juan Atkins is widely acknowledged, along with his old partners Derrick May, Kevin Saunderson and Rick Davis, as

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2 Aug 2001 // 12:00 AM

'My wish, indeed my continuing passion, would be not to point the finger in judgment but to part a curtain, that invisible shadow that falls between people, the veil of indifference to each other's presence, each other's wonder, each other's human plight.'

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'Positively 4th Street', New York-based writer David Hajdu's account of the folk era, focuses on two couples whose lives became entangled in the complex history of early 1960s America -- Bob Dylan and Joan Baez, Richard and Mimi Farina. Here he tells 'PopMatters' about its genesis.

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	Ghosts and Vodka: Precious Blood

Maybe it’s because, as members of indiemo artrock bands Cap’n Jazz and Joan of Arc, Victor Villarreal and Sam Zurich got tired of

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31 Jul 2001 // 3:00 PM

Good evening and welcome to Lounge-A-Rama night at the luxurious Motel 6 in downtown Dayton, New Jersey. Tonight we’ll be featuring the song stylings of

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30 Jul 2001 // 3:00 PM

        Various Artists: Head Jazz

I am so not in a good head space to review this compilation right now. You see, as I write this, it’s just after

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	Various Artists: Brazilified

Every once in a while the music industry atones for its sins. Quango, a great world beat/dance label started in the mid-‘90s by

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30 Jul 2001 // 3:00 PM

        Varnaline: Songs in a Northern Key

Listening to Varnaline feels like being trapped under the ice of a half-frozen lake. It’s springtime and the crystals are crackling, breaking apart, occasionally

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30 Jul 2001 // 3:00 PM

        Tight Bros From Way Back When: Lend You a Hand

One could speculate that the state of Washington is still the place to look towards when it comes to the search for pure rock and

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30 Jul 2001 // 3:00 PM

        Sam Phillips: Fan Dance

After a five-year hiatus, Sam Phillips returns to form with the very intimate 'Fan Dance', a quality collection of adult pop that allows her sexy voice to deliver cryptically introspective musings in a finely focused, mostly acoustic scheme..

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30 Jul 2001 // 3:00 PM

        pete: self-titled

Keeeyrist. Haven’t I heard this before? Yes, I think I have. I will take “Songs That Remind You of That Crummy Styx Song Title ‘

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30 Jul 2001 // 3:00 PM

        Owls: self-titled

I think I’ve said this before in an earlier piece, but I feel that it needs repeating. If you ever get into this business

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        Wynton Marsalis: Popular Songs: The Best of Wynton Marsalis

First names of jazz: Louis; Charlie; Dizzy; Billie; Thelonious; Miles; Ornette; Wynton… Wynton? Popular Songs: The Best of Wynton Marsalis celebrates Wynton Marsalis’s 40th

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        Peter Murphy: aLive Justforlove

Peter Murphy’s new double disc, aLive Justforlove, couldn’t have a more appropriate title. Recorded late last year at the El Rey Theatre in

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        Mr. Wright: Hello Is Anyone Out There

Another release from Le Grand Magistery in the cool, stylistically abundant pop vein. Another release from Kevin Wright, whose Mr. Wright has put out two

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30 Jul 2001 // 3:00 PM

        Lift to Experience: The Texas-Jerusalem Crossroads

There is no way to begin a review of this challenging album without quoting this telling opening passage from “Just As Was Told”: ‘This is

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	A Girl Called Eddy: Tears All Over Town

The story behind A Girl Called Eddy’s debut EP Tears All Over Town, at least according to the press materials for it, is that

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30 Jul 2001 // 3:00 PM

	Cursive: Burst and Bloom

On “Sink to the Beat”, the first track of Cursive’s latest EP Burst and Bloom, lead singer Tim Kasher breaks down the “formula” behind

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	Crystal Method: Tweekend

Flashback 1997: A world fascinated with the power of computers, watching the Internet transform communications and business. In the midst of it all, computerized music is

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27 Jul 2001 // 3:00 PM

        Oval: Commers

I would think I was too old (or too dumb?) to understand “glitch” music—that squiggly, grating sub-genre of electronica composed of the shortest, sharpest

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Okay, there’s something I’ve been wanting to get off my chest for two or three reviews now. It applies to Les Petits Sous,

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	Ed Cherry: The Spirits Speak

Another month, another quality release from Canada’s adventurous but always listener-friendly label Justin Time. The Spirits Speak should stroll its way up a lot

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	Bilal: 1st Born Second

 One way to comprehend Miles is to view him not simply as an isolated mad genius but also a product of a distinctive aspect

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	John Benítez Trio: Descarga in New York

A short preamble—if you will forgive me. This album was produced self-consciously as a celebration of the multicultural encounters made possible by New York.

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        New Town Animals: Is Your Radio Active?

There’s not really a whole lot left to say about punk music. It’s a genre that’s been played out to its limited

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	Blue Oyster Cult: Agents of Fortune / Tyranny and Mutation

AAmerican hard rock/heavy metal is and has always been a rather sad beast. The best we could really ever muster was Aerosmith, whose recycled

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        Various Artists: The Silence in My Heart: The Emo Diaries? Chapter 6

Ah, emo. Has there been any other musical genre that has inspired so much love, ire, apathy, and agony in the last five years? Has

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23 Jul 2001 // 3:00 PM

        ‘N Sync: Celebrity

Dirty Pop . . . ‘N Sync . . . yo . . . BT . . .Sick and tired of hearin’ all these people talk aboutWhat’s the deal with this pop lifeand when is

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23 Jul 2001 // 3:00 PM

        Eddie Money: The Best of Eddie Money

Not so long ago, yours truly was part of a comedy troupe known as The Last Known Foto Group. We had an Internet radio show

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23 Jul 2001 // 3:00 PM

        Maple Mars: Welcome to Maple Mars

If any of you were to look at my reviews over the past year or so, you might notice that I have acquired a slowly

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23 Jul 2001 // 3:00 PM

        Jimmy Eat World: Bleed American

I used to be in a band. We were alright, as rock bands go, but there always seemed to be something not quite “there”, especially

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	Neil Diamond: Three Chord Opera

Say what you will about Neil Diamond—he knows how to work the media. The release of Three Chord Opera was aided by a marketing

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	DJ Assault: Jefferson Avenue

Sex and Techno, in the UK at least, are hardly two words that share much in common. Ever since Derrick May went all intellectual on

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	Jimmy Cozier: self-titled

After hearing the opening lines of Jimmy Cozier’s debut single “She’s All I Got” it is clear that the singer/songwriter is singing

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23 Jul 2001 // 3:00 PM

	Cake: Comfort Eagle

There is a school of thought that thinks predictability is the same as creative impotence, that if you can’t renew your sound every few

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23 Jul 2001 // 3:00 PM

	Butterfly Jones: Napalm Springs

Some say if you wait long enough, then everything old is new again. I say, when something as good as Napalm Springs updates several decades’

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16 Jul 2001 // 3:00 PM

        Various Artists: I Want My 80’s Box!

Preamble: I love ‘80s pop. Not because I’m being clever or ironic, but because I really love it and think the early-to-mid-‘80s is

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16 Jul 2001 // 3:00 PM

        The Workin’ Stiffs: Dog Tired . . . And Then Some

Firstly, I have some notes about this album that I wrote on a bubblegum wrapper. Hold on a sec. OK, here we go. Now let

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16 Jul 2001 // 3:00 PM

        Three 4 Tens: Change Is on Its Way

With an album title like Change Is on Its Way, Three 4 Tens take a surprisingly retro approach to their music. Reflecting and reveling in the

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        The Starting Line: With Hopes of Starting Over . . .

Perhaps I should preface this review by thanking those of you who take the time to read the pieces here and then write in with

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        Gonzalo Rubalcaba: Supernova

I’m trying to find a way to talk about this album. I didn’t think it would be necessarily difficult, but then I started

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16 Jul 2001 // 3:00 PM

        Rx Bandits: Progress

Seal Beach California’s Rx Bandits are back with their second album! What? You don’t know who these guys are? But they’ve played

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	I Am the World Trade Center: Out of the Loop

It’s remarkable how much the concept of D.I.Y. in music has changed over the last 25 years. Around 1978, things were very different for

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	Hundred Hands: Little Eyes

I’ve often complained to anyone who will listen that the current obsession with memoir and Oprah-style confession is the result of the misguided conviction

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	Mark Grant: Sound Design Vol. 2

In Chicago, the birthplace of house music, to establish your joint as one of the city’s best house clubs is no small feat. But

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	Groovenics: self-titled

Groovenics are a band with an identity problem. First of all, they’re a nu-metal act with a band name that is more reminiscent of

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	Edith Frost: Wonder Wonder

When Edith Frost sent her demo to Chicago’s infamous indie outlet Drag City she impulsively included a fanatical letter describing her affection for one

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16 Jul 2001 // 3:00 PM

	The Actual Tigers: Gravelled and Green

Smooth, picked electric guitars, a gentle, simple bass drum pattern, a warm wash of subtle synthesizers, catchy, well-crafted vocals—“Yardwork in November” epitomizes all that

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        Milagro Saints: Midnight America

The Milagro Saints are that relatively rare thing, an earnest old-fashioned folk rock band. Vocalists SD Ineson and Joyce Bowden met in New York and

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	Shinju Gumi: Mixing a Ghost

Shinju Gumi is a thirtysomething French composer and producer (a.k.a. Frédéric Paul) whose recent forays into the world of

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11 Jul 2001 // 3:00 PM

	Ashley Park: The American Scene

Funny what happens when you spend too much time reading press about an artist and record and not enough time listening. The “that wasn’t

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