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14 Oct 2000 // 4:00 PM

        Reckless Kelly: The Day

On previous releases, Austin roots-rockers Reckless Kelly have been accused of toeing too close to the Steve Earle line of country rock. With this new

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	Ashley Park: Town and Country

Ashley Park’s music is straight out of the ‘60s. But whose isn’t nowadays? Town and Country is Ashley Park’s debut album, and

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10 Oct 2000 // 12:03 AM

Bob Dylan: John Wesley Harding

Bob Dylan’s John Wesley Harding is an album of half-spoken secrets, hushed whispers, illegible writings, and missing pages.

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9 Oct 2000 // 4:00 PM

	Various Artists: Heavy Flute

If you will forgive an already somewhat dated pop culture reference, in the words of South Park‘s Stan Marsh, this is sweet! As the

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9 Oct 2000 // 4:00 PM

        Michael Wolff: Impure Thoughts

Ben Varkentine: Who was it that said if you can’t tap your foot to it it’s not a jazz song? Michael Wolff: Gregory

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9 Oct 2000 // 4:00 PM

        Orgy: Vapor Transmission

Orgy made their name on Alternative radio last year with their cover of New Order’s “Blue Monday”, from their 1998 release Candyass. It was an

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9 Oct 2000 // 4:00 PM

        The Lull Account: self-titled

The Lull Account is the musical equivalent of traveling through fog. Sparse and shadowy, they pull listeners along without revealing where they’re going or

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        Waylon and Waymore Blues Band: Never Say Die Live

The great thing about most country music, much like processed cheese food, is that it never really goes bad. Of course, it is only cheese.

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	Keith Jarrett: Whisper Not

In 1985, Keith Jarrett had a breakdown of sorts. His forays into classical music were taking him away from jazz, and the strain caused by this

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9 Oct 2000 // 4:00 PM

	Joe Jackson: Night and Day II

The millennium is truly at hand: Joe Jackson has put out an album I don’t love. You have to understand the magnitude of this.

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9 Oct 2000 // 4:00 PM

	Catch 22: Alone in a Crowd

Wow…now, that’s an unexpected feeling. The last thing I expected when I threw on the latest from Victory’s lone ska-punk band, Catch 22,

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9 Oct 2000 // 4:00 PM

Kasey Chambers: The Captain

Kasey Chambers sounds Old Nashville. She hails from Australia, and is being touted as a potential major country music star.

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        Afu-Ra: Body of the Life Force

Martial arts references in hip-hop music are abundant. Part of the brilliance of Jim Jarmusch’s recent film Ghost Dog was the awareness it had

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8 Oct 2000 // 4:00 PM

	90 Day Men: (It Is It) Critical Band

I don’t know what it is about people drawing upon bands of the past that never really made it out of DC. There has

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8 Oct 2000 // 4:00 PM

	Big Ass Truck: Who Let You In Here?

With the increasing genre-fication of mainstream radio into ever-smaller stylistic neighborhoods, is there room for a band like Big Ass Truck? The Memphis, Tennessee combo’

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	Deke Dickerson & The Ecco-fonics: Rhythm Rhyme and Truth

With a name like Deke Dickerson, only three vocational options exists: Air Force test pilot, high school girls’ basketball coach, or roots rocker. Given that

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3 Oct 2000 // 4:00 PM

I went with my friend Shannon, who almost didn’t get in. We were both lax in terms of buying our tickets, and it seemed

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3 Oct 2000 // 12:03 AM

Radiohead: Kid A

Kid A forces its patrons to submerge themselves into the wiles of noise, to work for melody and signifieds, to seek within and find something that wants, needs, and is able to understand.

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3 Oct 2000 // 12:03 AM

Green Day: Warning

Real old school punks know that punk is about following your own path, and that’s just what Green Day are doing.

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3 Oct 2000 // 12:03 AM

Blonde Redhead: Melodie Citronique

Although Melodie Citronique isn’t the best starting point for the Blonde Redhead virgin, the fact remains that it’s a far better return on your money than the glut of formulaic discs currently playing pied piper to the wallets of American consumers.

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	Robbie Williams: Sing When You’re Winning

If Robbie Williams knows one thing, it’s that he’s a star. As a former member of Take That, the British answer to New

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        Wobbleshop: Bittergreen

People make music for all sorts of reasons: to make a personal statement, to make a name for themselves, to express themselves artistically, to make

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2 Oct 2000 // 4:00 PM

	Versus: Hurrah

For this reason, they’ve long been an underappreciated force in indie rock. What they do is subtle enough that they’re sometimes easily overlooked

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2 Oct 2000 // 4:00 PM

	Scarface: Last of a Dying Breed

Scarface has always scared the shit out of me, particularly in the video for the Geto Boys’ classic, “Mind’s Playin’ Tricks on Me,” and

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Glass Music is possibly the most apt title I’ve ever heard, and it’s also one of the simplest. No, this isn’t a

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2 Oct 2000 // 4:00 PM

	The Movielife: This Time Next Year

The modern hardcore pantheon has always felt fragmented, at least to a relative outsider like myself. The New York hardcore kids listen to their stuff,

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2 Oct 2000 // 4:00 PM

        The Lassie Foundation: Pacifico

Pop rock and roll somewhere between Heroes-era Bowie and The Flame-era Cheap Trick, The Lassie Foundation lay layered vocals over pools of guitars for an

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	King Black Acid: Loves a Long Song

Over the last 10 years, somehow Eddie Vedder’s seriousness spawned a legion of “alterna-rock” singers who sound like every word they speak is the most

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2 Oct 2000 // 4:00 PM

	Joan of Arc: The Gap

The art of aviation has always fascinated me. Here we are, earth bound creatures, with out the ability to propel our selves into the air

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	Guru: Jazzmatazz, Vol. 3: Streetsoul

As one-half of the legendary Gang Starr, Guru has been working to maintain the lifeblood of hip-hop for over a decade. His “side project,” the

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2 Oct 2000 // 4:00 PM

	Don Caballero: American Don

Don Caballero, a Pittsburgh quartet with a history of interesting avant-rock records, is an instrumental band—no vocals. In that, they have plenty of company

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2 Oct 2000 // 4:00 PM

	Creeper Lagoon: Watering Ghost Garden

It’s pretty hard not to like the depressing, yet poppy, guitar-driven songs of Creeper Lagoon. In fact, even without creating what might be thought

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2 Oct 2000 // 4:00 PM

It is obvious Canadian songwriter Dan Bryk has been burnt by the red hot flames of love a few too many times. Lovers Leap is

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28 Sep 2000 // 4:00 PM

has never garnered more than modest record sales in the U.S., the British trio has earned a dedicated cult following.

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28 Sep 2000 // 1:00 AM

All the fanfare in the world won’t tell you what it’s like to visit a museum. Seattle’s Experience Music Project (EMP) had

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	Various Artists: Brand Spankin’ New

I like 99 cent samplers. That’s a small risk to become acquainted with new artists, and a small price indeed to pay for Patty Larkin’

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Now that the 2000 Festival is over, there are still a few posters up, but most signs of it have been swept away by the street-cleaning crews. Some of the stars have gone home or wherever they go.

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25 Sep 2000 // 4:00 PM

	Various Artists: Entertainment Weekly Greatest Hits: 1984

Thoughts on listening to this CD: Music remains music. From Bill Haley’s’ rock combo to Christina Aguilera’s aural pornography. Whenever one generation questions

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25 Sep 2000 // 4:00 PM

	Mark Selby: More Storms Comin’

Mark Selby’s Vanguard debut rocks. The opening track, threatening as it is, “Don’t You Throw That Mojo on Me” is about as houserockin’

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25 Sep 2000 // 4:00 PM

	The Solipsistics: Jesus of the Apes

This is the fourth album from the Solipsistics, produced by Earle Mankey, the man who brought us the great Jupiter Affect record released this year.

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25 Sep 2000 // 4:00 PM

	Pearl Jam: Arena di Verona

Sometime around 1993, Pearl Jam began removing the middlemen that obscured the way their music was marketed to the public. They stopped making videos, abandoned the

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25 Sep 2000 // 4:00 PM

	Morphine: Bootleg Detroit

When Morphine leader Mark Sandman collapsed and died in July of 1999, music lost one of it’s most unique and talented voices. During the band’

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	The Mayflies USA: The Pity List

Though I’m slightly embarrassed to say it now, I didn’t think much of The Mayflies the first time I heard The Pity List .

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25 Sep 2000 // 4:00 PM

        Lower East Side Stitches: Lower East Side

The Lower East Side—once home to the immigrants, the dreamers, and the destitute has become residence to a new legion of dot-commers, sheeshee bistros,

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25 Sep 2000 // 4:00 PM

	John Hiatt: Crossing Muddy Waters

Things couldn’t be much better for John Hiatt right now. Seen on public television weekly as the host of Sessions at West 54th Street,

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	Lesley Gore: The Best of Lesley Gore: 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection

While the new millennium did not start with the expected power outages and mass looting, it did bring us a number of new compilations of

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25 Sep 2000 // 4:00 PM

	Stan Getz: My Foolish Heart: Live at the Left Bank

This Getz performance, recorded May 20, 1975, presents his saxophone in quartet with Richie Beirach’s piano, Dave Holland’s bass, and Jack Dejohnette’s drums. It

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25 Sep 2000 // 4:00 PM

	Faith & Disease: Beneath the Trees

This is Faith & Disease’s sixth release, and their first on the Projekt label. The gothic genre has divided a number of ways, providing

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	Black Eyed Peas: Bridging the Gap

Black Eyed Peas’ debut album Behind the Front was an energetic hip-hop party thoroughly derivative of A Tribe Called Quest and De La Soul, right

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25 Sep 2000 // 4:00 PM

	Anton Barbeau: 17th Century Fuzzbox Blues

Anton Barbeau is one of the best unknown pop singer-songwriters in the world, period. If this were 1970, and PopMatters was Creem, and I were Lester

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25 Sep 2000 // 4:00 PM

Back before it was “cool” to act like you didn’t care, before there was punk rock, new wave, grunge or indie rock, bands prided

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24 Sep 2000 // 4:00 PM

The Barenaked Ladies seemed a bit lethargic for the first half of their Chicago set, which mostly featured songs from the group’s latest release

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	Phife Dawg: Ventilation: Da LP

A Tribe Called Quest’s breakup left three talented musicians pursing their own endeavors. As much as the media focuses on Q-Tip over the others,

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19 Sep 2000 // 12:03 AM

Phoenix: United

On United, the music is unoriginal and the lyrics lack substance.

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19 Sep 2000 // 12:03 AM

Madonna: Music

And indeed, for Madonna, music, like most everything else, is always going to do something.

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19 Sep 2000 // 12:03 AM

Björk: Selmasongs

Björk Gudmundsdottir has the ability to create music both whimsical and melancholy. Her latest release, Selmasongs illustrates this ability to an extreme. “Sometimes

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18 Sep 2000 // 4:00 PM

Adventures In Stereo, the Beach Boys influenced pop group from the UK, stopped in Seattle near the end of the month-long Bobsled Tour, featuring artists from that label.

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18 Sep 2000 // 4:00 PM

	Pele: The Nudes

The Nudes: ones who are without dress or adornment. Music without dress: when melody is in its barest essentials, what does it become? What does

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18 Sep 2000 // 4:00 PM

	Octant: Car Alarms and Crickets

The 30-second introduction to Car Alarms and Crickets might have you fooled. Inside this barrage of samples, manipulated and spliced into something industrially eerie, lies

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	The New Amsterdams: Never You Mind

The ever-popular Get Up Kids play power-pop with punkish tones and a populist, crowd-pleasing bent. They rock for the people, to get the kids jumping

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18 Sep 2000 // 4:00 PM

        Little Feat: Hotcakes and Outtakes

The greatest American rock band, if such a beast can be captured, wasn’t The Doors—Morrison’s putrid poetry hasn’t aged well, and

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	Talib Kweli & Hi-Tek: Reflection Eternal

Talib Kweli belongs to an ever-growing legion of young hip-hoppers who celebrate the roots of the music while melding it with neo-soul rhythms and a

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18 Sep 2000 // 4:00 PM

	Damien Jurado: Ghost of David

This is the kind of recording that Paul Simon and Neil Young used to release. You know…the kind of songs that glow like a

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18 Sep 2000 // 4:00 PM

	The Go-Betweens: The Friends of Rachel Worth

What a difference a decade makes. Or not, as the case may be, at least when it comes to a new Go-Betweens records. Last heard

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	EC8OR: The One and Only High and Low

EC8OR are some angry kids, that’s for sure. What they’re angry about, though, is a little harder to figure out. Like Atari

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18 Sep 2000 // 4:00 PM

	Terri Clark: Fearless

Country sensation Terri Clark has done a lot of growing up since debuting in the genre five years ago. On her latest endeavor, Fearless, the

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17 Sep 2000 // 4:00 PM

	The Marshmallow Coast: Marshmallow Coasting

“Audience Is Listening,” the opening track of The Marshmallow Coast’s latest offering, Marshmallow Coasting, may be the most bizarre mini-intro ever committed to disc.

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14 Sep 2000 // 4:00 PM

's performance at Towson's Recher Theatre, not even as the band opened their set with 45 minutes of music from Mermaid Avenue, the two-volume collection of unfinished Woody Guthrie songs that Tweedy and co-collaborator Billy Bragg put to music.

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14 Sep 2000 // 4:00 PM

	Deep Dish: Renaissance Ibiza

“It’s for people who are not too happy, for people who are in touch with the evil side of themselves…so all the happy

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11 Sep 2000 // 4:00 PM

	Voodoo Glow Skulls: Symbolic

You get a general inkling as to the nature of this record when the opening cut, ““We’re Back” features a rant from Guttermouth’s

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        Tom Tom Club: The Good the Bad and the Funky

While Tom Tom Club began as a side project for Talking Heads’ rhythm section Tina Weymouth and Chris Frantz, it has become the couple’s

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11 Sep 2000 // 4:00 PM

	Tidewater Grain: Here on the Outside

Tidewater Grain adds a bit of heart and integrity into the hard rock scene, and that’s refreshing compared to the ever growing Korn and

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	The Softies: Holiday in Rhode Island

Sigh. The Softies. Sometimes, it’s so great to know exactly what you’re getting in a band. Take the Butthole Surfers, or the Beastie

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11 Sep 2000 // 4:00 PM

	Supershine: self-titled

Doug Pinnick is certainly no stranger to side projects. The King’s X bassist/vocalist has been somewhat of a hot commodity in rock music

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11 Sep 2000 // 4:00 PM

	The Sound of Urchin: self-titled

It’s impossible to take The Sound of Urchin seriously, but you’re probably not supposed to. Lacking in any sort of solemnity, The Sound

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	Joan Osborne: Righteous Love

The first time I turned on the radio and heard “St. Theresa,” (the opening track off Osborne’s 1995 release, Relish) I felt branded for life.

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	Robert Nighthawk: Live on Maxwell Street 1964  (Deluxe Edition)

This rare recording of Robert Nighthawk on Maxwell Street in 1964, just like the Maxwell Street of today, is clouded by controversy. You can read about

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11 Sep 2000 // 4:00 PM

        i5: self-titled

The latest in pre-packaged, good looking girl groups is i5, a group of five Spice Girl wannabes put together by Giant Records. Although all five

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	The Hives: Veni Vidi Vicious

I’m convinced that there’s something about Veni Vidi Vicious, that illicits borderline personality. One minute I’m singing its praises to everyone I

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11 Sep 2000 // 4:00 PM

	Favez: Gentlemen Start Your Engines

Favez is nothing revolutionary. They play straightforward, honest alternative rock, and that’s it. They don’t experiment with sound or deviate from the standard

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11 Sep 2000 // 4:00 PM

	Fraley: Wild Rose of the Mountain

J.P. and Annadeene Fraley are a couple who record kick-ass Kentucky fiddle tunes. But wait—there’s more. Rounder’s handsomely packaged Wild Rose

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11 Sep 2000 // 4:00 PM

	Evan and Jaron: self-titled

Mention sibling harmonies, and the first name on everyone’s lips is Everly. Talk about twins in a rock band, and inevitably Nelson comes to

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	Eddy “The Chief” Clearwater: Reservation Blues

Eddy Clearwater is not exactly a quiet treasure. He’s been known to make the most of his stage entrance wearing a chief’s full

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11 Sep 2000 // 4:00 PM

	Cold: 13 Ways to Bleed On Stage

Okay, so I should’ve known better. The bit in the PR packet that came with the CD where it says Cold “counts Limp Bizkit’

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	Barenaked Ladies: Maroon

If you’ve heard all the hype, read the Entertainment Weekly exceedingly glowing review, or listened to critics call the new album by the Barenaked

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Chris McQuarrie doesn't look like someone from Hollywood. He doesn't wear black, his face is pleasant and his voice soft and deliberate, without the speed and breathlessness that afflict folks who spend too much time inside the business.

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7 Sep 2000 // 4:00 PM

Formed out of the rubble of the late, lamented Jawbreaker, Jets to Brazil has garnered a reputation as a literate post-punk pop band, and they proved it spades live.

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6 Sep 2000 // 4:00 PM

Eve 6’s lead singer Max Collins was sick of being stuck behind his bass during the group last tour and he vowed to shed the

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5 Sep 2000 // 12:03 AM

Ryan Adams: Heartbreaker

Heartbreaker lives up his auspicious live set and delivers one of the year’s best albums.

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4 Sep 2000 // 4:00 PM

	Damon and Naomi: With Ghost

Complex, highly literate, melodically and harmonically brilliant, poignant, sad, beautiful, personal, detached, disturbing, strange, compelling, trance-like, soft, masterful, passionate, understated, message-filled, powerful, present, dynamic, psychedelic,

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4 Sep 2000 // 4:00 PM

	The Damage Manual: self-titled

If you look up “supergroup” in your imaginary dictionary of rock terms, you’ll probably arrive at the same definition as I did: “An ensemble

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4 Sep 2000 // 4:00 PM

	Bettie Serveert: Private Suit

This CD is the latest from one of the coolest bands in the world, hailing from the coolest country in the world, released on the

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4 Sep 2000 // 4:00 PM

	The Black Heart Procession: Three

The closest I ever got to walking the edge of a horrible drunken loneliness was from listening to the Nick Cave song “I Let Love

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2 Sep 2000 // 4:00 PM

A tour featuring Dynamite Hack and Weezer may seem like the newer band hoping to ride the coat tails of the one who's already formed a huge fan base.

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2 Sep 2000 // 1:00 AM

The last weekend of August has meant one thing and one thing only to Londoners for 36 years, the Notting Hill Carnival. This street party is

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A talking head confronts the reader in a panel of American Splendor: On the Job (Dark Horse Comics, 1997). He’s a middle-aged blue collar intellectual,

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Fabián Bielinsky greets me with a warm and hearty handshake.

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30 Aug 2000 // 4:00 PM

	Hanin Elias: In Flames (1995-1999)

It comes as no real surprise to learn, from Hanin Elias, that the Digital Hardcore Recordings stable is—like so many previous organizations espousing radical

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Roberta Bayley interview

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