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6 Jul 2001 // 4:00 PM

        3rd Degree: Radio 7

“What you will NOT see is a crappy self made CD recorded on a friend’s MY-FIRST-4-TRACK.” This is but one of many bold

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3 Jul 2001 // 12:03 AM

The White Stripes: White Blood Cells

The first thing that separates the White Stripes from the redundant, boring wank that passes for adventurous music these days is that the White Stripes can actually, you know, rock.

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2 Jul 2001 // 4:00 PM

is one of the more compelling performers in contemporary country, a musical landscape cluttered with well dressed divas (and sometimes their husbands), Hat Acts, and an unsettling new interest in 'boy bands'.

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        Various Artists: Wu-Chronicles Chapter II

The Wu-Tang Clan aren’t only one of the most innovative hip-hop groups of the last decade, they’re a corporate entity, albeit one that

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        Various Artists: Nuthin’ But a Gangsta Party 2

Making a mix tape and buying a mix tape are two entirely different experiences. You make your own and you’re only limited by what

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2 Jul 2001 // 4:00 PM

        Peter Tosh: Live and Dangerous: Boston 1976

Peter Tosh was the consummate Wailer in this critic’s humble opinion. He was the only one who fully realized that he could use reggae’

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        Tindersticks: Can Our Love…

Back in the ‘80s, when asked what he thought of Morrissey and his incessant moping, the Fall’s Mark E. Smith wryly suggested that the

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2 Jul 2001 // 4:00 PM

Jazz. Rock. Two genres that sometimes don’t always complement each other. For every interesting and entertaining band out there that pulls off some great

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	Clogs: Thom’s Night Out

To me, the name “Clogs” sounds like it would be associated with dark or dissonant music, perhaps the side project of a goth or industrial

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30 Jun 2001 // 4:00 PM

G. Love threatened to take James Brown's title for Hardest Working Man in Show Business away from him recently -- at least for the night he was playing Park City.

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29 Jun 2001 // 4:00 PM

. They eschew attention, yet they're media darlings. Reactions to their recent recordings are anything but lukewarm, yet they refuse to explain themselves. They transform studio-centric creations into live songs that are both towering and incandescent, yet they tour infrequently.

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28 Jun 2001 // 1:00 AM

Jamie Hewlett and Damon Albarn's (Blur) idea for a thoroughly manufactured, animated and performing (in the classic sense) antidotal pop group has now bubbled up through the mucky soup of today's mediocre pop landscape and staked out its own pristine territory.

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        Various Artists: Avalon Blues: A Tribute to the Music of Mississippi John Hurt

Tribute records trade on our respect for the artists they supposedly pay tribute to, and bet that we’ll pay good money for an album

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27 Jun 2001 // 4:00 PM

        Sloppy Meateaters: Forbidden Meat

Well here we are again with another pop-punk band that is poised with axes in hand and a sizable fan base to back them up.

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        Nineteen Forty-Five: Together We’ll Burn Like Autumn Leaves

I used to call it the Chapel Hill work ethic. Certain Southern bands of the early nineties-Superchunk, Archers of Loaf, Small (23), and the like seemed

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        Graig Markel and Verses on Venus: The Summer Fire EP

Let me take a few moments here to describe the packaging of this EP. It doesn’t come in a jewel box, but in a

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One reason nouveau traditional genres like roots rock or twang arise is to offer new expressive tropes when the old ones wear out. Rock and

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26 Jun 2001 // 4:00 PM

the dubious distinction of 'supergroup'. Yet they're all still anonymous enough that you don't get the pretension that is usually attached to anything 'super'.

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	Eliane Elias: The Best of Eliane Elias

Eliane Elias is one of those musicians who have tended to slip through the critical net and therefore she receives less than her share of

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	Various Artists: Fluorescent Tunnelvision

It’s 2001 and what better time for the kind of space (rock) oddities collected on Fluorescent Tunnelvision? This new Mother West/Submergence compilation charts the

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25 Jun 2001 // 4:00 PM

        Various Artists: Totally Dance

If you’re a club-hopper you’ll know chart hits like Dido’s not-so-bad “Thank You” presented here in a “deep dish vocal remix.” This

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        Saru: Downtempo Dojo

It used to be Trip-Hop now it’s Downtempo. A better name, I think, if a little unspecific. Anyhow, this is as good an example

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25 Jun 2001 // 4:00 PM

        Res: How I Do

Am I the only one who allows himself to think outside the box.? —Dale Gribble, King of the Hill Though neo-soul and its various incarnations

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        Q-Burns Abstract Message: Invisible Airline

There is always a particular risk involved in attempting to fuse two distinct musical genres. Apart from artistic difficulties, which are often overwhelming, there is

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25 Jun 2001 // 4:00 PM

        Parker and Lily: Hello Halo

Parker and Lilly are a dream pop band formed in New York early last year. Vocalist Parker Noon sings in the breathy trademark of that

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        Prime Sth: Underneath the Surface

And then there are the bands that just have it. Maybe the music is a groovy little gimmick that overwhelms your body like an electric

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25 Jun 2001 // 4:00 PM

        Lila McCann: Complete

Oh where to begin here? Admittedly, I’m not at all a country music fan. I don’t flat out dislike the genre, as my

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25 Jun 2001 // 4:00 PM

Patty Loveless: Mountain Soul

Mountain Soul is not a career-revival strategy but a homecoming for Patty Loveless.

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        Alicia Keys: Songs in A Minor

In the aftermath of Jill Scott’s surprising breakthrough last year and in what is year four of the Badu evolution, there have been several

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25 Jun 2001 // 4:00 PM

	David Garza: Overdub

There is something strangely disconcerting about witnessing the monkey’s wedding of modern rock’s incestuous breeding. The last couple of years have thrown out

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25 Jun 2001 // 4:00 PM

	Duotang: The Bright Side / The Intentions: self-titled

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	The Beta Band: Hot Shots II

The Beta Band were featured prominently in the film version of High Fidelity when John Cusack’s character said “I’ll bet I can sell

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	The Bionaut: Lubricate Your Living-Room

There’s something charmingly retro about this collection of tracks released between 1993 and 1997—given that electronica, with its focus on technology and sound innovation, changes

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25 Jun 2001 // 4:00 PM

	Bliss 66: Trip to the 13th

We’re still waiting for the first truly successful modern rock band. Apart from million-selling Vertical Horizon, there’s been plenty of good records that

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25 Jun 2001 // 4:00 PM

	The Berlin Project: The Transition Radio EP

The cover of The Berlin Project’s Transition Radio EP features a cool picture of a girl looking into a storefront window that features various

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25 Jun 2001 // 4:00 PM

	BR5-49: This Is BR549

Maybe it was an attempt to get played on the radio. Perhaps it was the recent jump from Arista to Lucky Dog Records that had

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25 Jun 2001 // 4:00 PM

	Blue Öyster Cult: Blue Öyster Cult / Secret Treaties

Despite Blue Öyster Cult’s 30 years in the business, it is surprising how little music fans know of the band or their vast catalog

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	Patti Austin: On the Way to Love

It is something of a surprise to see Patti Austin back on a major label. The record industry has been pretty ruthless with regard to

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24 Jun 2001 // 4:00 PM

Someday Ian Astbury and the boys might be able to play a concert based on scads of new material. Until then, the diehards who grew

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24 Jun 2001 // 4:00 PM

        Various Artists: Sulphur Compound

The man behind Sulphur/Sulfur Records is Robin Rimbaud, a.k.a. Scanner, a.k.a. Scannerfunk, dubbed the “telephone terrorist” for his passion for

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21 Jun 2001 // 4:00 PM

“I’m a Fucking Visionary”George Carlin Stays Hungry (and Angry) This isn’t my father’s George Carlin, to pervert a phrase, something Carlin

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21 Jun 2001 // 1:00 AM

In his attempt to reconcile his blues heritage with his pioneering psychedelic rock, Hendrix created an unbelievable recording that defies any categorization. Like Johnson, his accomplishment was singular.

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Pat Martino: Live at Yoshi’s

Martino, whose career stretches right back to supplying rock ‘n’ roll licks for the likes of Chubby Checker and Bobby Darin, first made his mark playing with some of the ‘60s’ best known organ combos. Even the most nostalgically inclined will have to admit that this current line-up is the equal to any of them. But remember—PLAY IT LOUD.

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20 Jun 2001 // 4:00 PM

Judging by the relatively small crowd that had gathered to see Brave Combo play once they’d ambled onstage just after 8:30 p.m. on a

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19 Jun 2001 // 4:00 PM

	Annie Lin: Kicking Stars

Folk music, strictly speaking, is a tradition in which the repertory has more importance than the artists who perform it. The songs convey information, history

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        Luther Vandross: self-titled

TThanks to comedian Steve Harvey and a host of other folks, most of America is familiar with the name “Loofuh”, the one-name nickname of vocalist

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18 Jun 2001 // 4:00 PM

        The Shins: Oh, Inverted World

Time to bemoan the current state of indie rock again. One of the major problems of the genre today is that it is entirely too

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18 Jun 2001 // 4:00 PM

        Slicker: The Latest

Okay, here’s the deal. Slicker is the alter ego of John Hughes III. Hughes is also the head of Hefty records and, yes, his

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18 Jun 2001 // 4:00 PM

        Stone Temple Pilots: Shangri La Dee Da

What happens when you take four band members, put them up in an idyllic beach house, and film their every move? Well yes, you do

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        Ministry: Greatest Fits

“From the project’s start in mid-2000, Greatest Fits has taken one year to execute. This makes it the quickest-ever Ministry LP!!!” —Warner Brother’s

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18 Jun 2001 // 4:00 PM

        Edwin McCain: Far From Over

Of the handful of mid-Nineties pop/rock acts snatched out of South Carolina by the majors in the wake of Hootie-mania, Edwin McCain is virtually

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18 Jun 2001 // 4:00 PM

	Iffy: Biota Bondo

Here’s what happens when a buncha nifty punk-rock stoners put a glide in their stride, a dip in their hip, and step on to

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18 Jun 2001 // 4:00 PM

	Gorillaz: self-titled

GGorillaz are, for all good intents and purposes, an animated band. When I say animated, I don’t mean they wave they’re arms around

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	Dry Kill Logic: The Darker Side of Nonsense

The garishly decorated liner notes to Dry Kill Logic’s first Roadrunner release (their first two albums, as Hinge, were released on their own Psychodrama

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18 Jun 2001 // 4:00 PM

	D12: Devil’s Night

Ever since Eminem was introduced into the mainstream, he has caused controversy with his lyrics. Be it writing a song about killing his wife, a

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	Chicago Underground Quartet: self-titled

Start with Chicago trumpeter/electronician Rob Mazurek. He’s cool; he’s played on albums by Tortoise and Stereolab and Isotope 217 and all those cool

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18 Jun 2001 // 4:00 PM

	Burning Spear: The Ultimate Collection

More than a quarter century after achieving his first major success with the 1975 album Marcus Garvey, Winston Rodney—better known as Burning Spear—remains one

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18 Jun 2001 // 4:00 PM

	Betty Already: Amerimaniacs

I wish Betty Already’s Amerimaniacs were as funny or interesting as the band would like me to believe. Instead, it just sounds like obnoxious

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18 Jun 2001 // 4:00 PM

	Michael Brecker: Nearness of You—The Ballad Book

Why is it that some talented people strive to do the opposite of what, to them, comes naturally? Ask many comic geniuses what they’d

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14 Jun 2001 // 4:00 PM

Built To Spill Tunes Up (Again and Again) Sometimes you’re too good for your own good. That’s not something that many fans of

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14 Jun 2001 // 4:00 PM

	Beans: Crane Wars

Beans. They’re from Canada, don’t you know. They make music. Sort of. I think they might be artsy. Then again, they might just

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14 Jun 2001 // 1:00 AM

Now that Iverson is a superstar in professional basketball, critics are no longer able to point to his controversial gangsta image as a sign of the juvenile unruliness that had prevented him from winning early in his career. Instead, Iverson is widely praised for recognizing the error of his ways in order at last to 'grow up,' to 'accept responsibility,' and to 'become a man.'

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U2

13 Jun 2001 // 4:00 PM

successfully wooed a near sellout crowd for it's first D.C. show on this tour. The crowd loved the band; the band loved the crowd. We all loved one another.

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13 Jun 2001 // 1:00 AM

Death to diversion! Rather than push the usual summer herd of 'beach novels,' 'PopMatters'' writers invite you to spend this summer exploring books from their lists of important works. In this first installment of the series, Valerie MacEwan revisits some classics and suggests some Southern writing that goes beyond 'Frankly, my dear...'

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11 Jun 2001 // 4:00 PM

        Various Artists: Dublab Presents: Freeways

Los Angeles is a big city. That’s an understatement, of course, but it’s an understatement worth repeating: Los Angeles is a big, big

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11 Jun 2001 // 4:00 PM

        John Vanderslice: Time Travel is Lonely

John Vanderslice seems to have grown up in the time between Mass Suicide Occult Figurines and Time Travel Is Lonely. He still has the same

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        Tesla: The Best of Tesla: The Millennium Collection

Had Tesla risen to fame ten years earlier they would’ve have been heralded as a great, gritty rock and roll band taking their place

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11 Jun 2001 // 4:00 PM

        Toby Dammit: Top Dollar

Yeah, I used to frequent the dance clubs when I was younger. Back in ‘93 and ‘94 it was not uncommon at all to see me at

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        Brian Setzer ‘68 Comeback Special: Ignition

Somehow, throughout Brian Setzer’s long career, it’s escaped a lot of people’s notice that he’s an absolutely phenomenal guitarist. Part of

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11 Jun 2001 // 4:00 PM

        The Silos: Laser Beam Next Door

From his interviews, lead Silo Walter Salas-Humara appears to dislike being associated with folk or roots music. Which, for anyone, who has ever heard the

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11 Jun 2001 // 4:00 PM

        Stereo MC’s: Deep Down & Dirty

Nine years later, the British band returns with a millennial update of their horn-and-drum laden sound. Deep Down & Dirty adds a few twists to

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11 Jun 2001 // 4:00 PM

        Sugar Ray: self-titled

One person’s marketing dream is another person’s hellish nightmare. Welcome to the dichotomy that is the current self-titled release from the Southern California

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11 Jun 2001 // 4:00 PM

        Super XX Man: Volume V

If you’ve been keeping up with yours truly this year, then you know I absolutely frothed over Those Peabodys. So it was with much

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        The Philadelphia Experiment: self-titled

With a bevy of releases and forthcoming projects from the likes of Jill Scott, Music Soulchild, Res, The Roots, Amel Larrieux, Ursula Rucker, Black Thought,

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        The Pearlfishers: Across the Milky Way

Can we talk for a minute? Let’s transcend this music reviewer/audience dichotomy—that’s not what human relationships have come to today, is

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11 Jun 2001 // 4:00 PM

        Neotropic: La Prochaine Fois

Riz Maslen is somewhat of an enigma in electronic music. For starters, she’s not that electronic. In the past she’s leaned toward creating

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11 Jun 2001 // 4:00 PM

	Willie Nelson: Rainbow Connection

Over the course of a long and winding career, Willie Nelson has been a lot of things: gifted songwriter, outlaw country singer, concept album master,

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        Bob Marley and the Wailers: Catch a Fire / Burnin’

Catch a Fire, Bob Marley and the Wailers’ first major label release, was the album that set the band—primarily Marley, of course—on the

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        Bob Marley and the Wailers: Natty Dread

Their sound was already classic. Despite being together close to a decade, the release of Catch a Fire in 1973, marked the first the music of

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        Kevin Kling: Stories off the Shallow End / Home and Away

Kevin Kling speaks like he’s a little kid jumping up and down, giddy with enthusiasm to tell you something. As is the case with

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11 Jun 2001 // 4:00 PM

	Fontanelle: F

The electronic jazz/post-rock instrumental experimentation of Fontanelle’s 2000 self-titled debut suggested a slightly funky hybrid of Can and early-‘70s Miles Davis. F offers

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	Electric Light Orchestra: Eldorado

“The communion of the saints, in earlier times it was set by painters in a golden heaven, shining, beautiful and full of peace . . . It is

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11 Jun 2001 // 4:00 PM

	David Candy: Playpower

Utilizing the same retro-futuristic attitude as groups like Pizzicato Five and Air, the musician known as David Candy (a persona of Washington D.C. musician

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11 Jun 2001 // 4:00 PM

	Ass Ponys: Lohio

With “indie rock” wallowing in self-consciousness and annoying twee-pop, it is with relief that one realizes the utter lack of pretension that characterizes an Ass

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11 Jun 2001 // 4:00 PM

	Absinthe Blind: The Everyday Separation

A name like Absinthe Blind would lead listeners to expect more than pleasantly composed modern rock. The Everyday Separation is huge in its scope and

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8 Jun 2001 // 4:00 PM

        Starflyer 59: Leave Here a Stranger

Starflyer 59 make shoe-tapping, dreamy, anxious, melancholy, playful, quirky, wistful pop/rock, and if that sounds like a peculiar combination, now you’re getting the picture.

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        Various Artists: Chitlin’ Circuit Soul

“It was 1954, 1955. I’m either 15 or 16 years old. The place is somewhere in a barn with a bandstand along the east Texas/Louisiana border. We

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4 Jun 2001 // 4:00 PM

        Various Artists: Cosmic Funk

What is the first thing you think of when you hear the term “mood music?” Sex, right? “Mood music” is, in fact, “in the mood

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4 Jun 2001 // 4:00 PM

        Rufus Wainwright: Poses

Rufus Wainwright is the Real McCoy—talent in spades. Not that he needs to hear that repeated for the umpteenth time. When his eponymously titled

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4 Jun 2001 // 4:00 PM

As I listened to this Roulette for the first two times, I prepared myself to write a review that would point out things like the

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4 Jun 2001 // 4:00 PM

        Ron Sexsmith: Blue Boy

The charm of Canada’s Ron Sexsmith has always been the seeming ease and simplicity of his lyrical storytelling, at once immediate, unadorned and direct.

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4 Jun 2001 // 4:00 PM

        Raft of Dead Monkeys: Thoroughlev

Raft of Dead Monkeys’ album Thoroughlev is absolutely one of the best albums to come out this year. It is reminiscent of the work of

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4 Jun 2001 // 4:00 PM

        Ted Nugent: Full Bluntal Nugity

The ever-controversial Ted Nugent is many things to many people. To some, he is an arrogant, outspoken, self-righteous, crossbow-packin’, gun-totin’ murderer of defenseless animals. To

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4 Jun 2001 // 4:00 PM

	Herbert: Bodily Functions

The electronic medium is one that is tremendously appealing to the air-guitar enthusiasts of the world simply because it allows one who is not classically

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	Howard Hewitt: The Very Best of Howard Hewitt

Miki HowardThe Very Best of Miki Howard(Rhino/Atlantic)US release date: 3 July 2001 by Mark Anthony Neal hewitthoward-verybest.jpg :. e-mail this article:. print this article:.

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	Bobby “Blue” Bland: The Anthology

Who was the greatest singer to emerge from the unique creative conditions that marked the Memphis music scene in the early fifties? For most there

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4 Jun 2001 // 4:00 PM

	Big Wreck: The Pleasure and the Greed

Big Wreck’s 1997 debut In Loving Memory Of may not have been a thoroughly consistent record, but it definitely contained several impressive highlights like the

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	Heidi Berry: Pomegranate

Like so many of her colleagues at the 4AD label, Heidi Berry made music cherished by critics and a small if devoted group of fans

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4 Jun 2001 // 4:00 PM

	The Asteroid No. 4: King Richard’s Collectibles

There is a place, a mindset, a way of viewing the world, where Lennon and McCartney are king. Jagger and Townshend rumble through the hallways,

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4 Jun 2001 // 4:00 PM

	Johnny A.: Sometime Tuesday Morning

Chill out hepcat and dig them crazy singing strings. If impressively smooth guitar sounds are your thing, then Johnny A. is your main man. Whatever

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