Wednesday, July 9 2003
The Blue Man Group's greatest talent is for making thrilling visual and sonic mayhem out of the act of banging on things, from their trademark PVC tubes to barrels filled with paint to, well, just big-ass, loud drums. Their second greatest talent is for taking the conventions of the avant-garde and making them work as mass entertainment.
Monday, July 7 2003
From Barry White's heyday in the mid-1970s to his recent reincarnation, courtesy of Ally MacBeal, the deep-voiced one has been the most instantly recognisable and most loved representative of unapologetic aural seduction in the music's history.
Thursday, July 3 2003
In truth, literal (if not legal) 'color-blindness' is impossible. Racism might ultimately be conquered, but that will take conscious effort.
Now, six years later, things are quite different: George W. is our president, Laura Bush is the First Lady, and the Texas Book Festival has morphed into one of the premier literary events in the country.
Tuesday, July 1 2003
Katharine Hepburn was self-reliant, headstrong, ambitious. She did what she wanted to do regardless of what the men in her life preferred, whether it was babysitting a leopard in Baby or interviewing foreign heads of state in Woman of the Year.
Monday, June 23 2003
The camera pans to reveal the famous shot of a Christ-like Luke, naked except for shorts, bloated and spread-eagled on a bed of eggshells.
Tuesday, June 17 2003
Gregory Peck was enthralled with the process of becoming someone else, and worked at perfecting it until the very end of his motion picture career.
Gregory Peck's Oscar-winning turn as Atticus was that powerful; it overwhelmed cinema, literature, reality itself.
At a time when the English horror film was too often content to revel in exaggeration for its own sake, Gordon Hessler brought a measure of craft and intelligence to material that might otherwise have been hackneyed.
Wednesday, June 11 2003
Frontman Thomas and his gaggle of musicians are masters of the AM sounds of the '60s, with a penchant for psychedelica; indeed, Thomas often seems a direct disciple from that musical era, as if frozen by prescient scientists to offset the catastrophic downfall of pop music brought on in the new millennium.
RACEBANNONBest Band to Break Your Lease With Their name may be lifted from a character in the kitsch cartoon series Johnny Quest, and this musical
THE PEE WEE FISTBest Indie-Pop Band with Substance and a Theramin Formed in 1995 by singer / guitarist / songwriter Pete Fitzpatrick, the Pee Wee Fist began as
NAMELESSNUMBERHEADMANBest Sci-Fi Pop-Folk-Electronic Hybrid People who’ve never been there might hear “Kansas City” and think Dorothy and Toto or, if somewhat more enlightened, jazz
LOMAXThe Best New Relentless Post Punk Noise with a Political Edge Ow My Ears Are Bleeding But Look at Me Ma, I’m Dancing! Band
THE KING OF FRANCEBest Band the New York City Band Craze Left Behind The King of France formed a little over a year ago—pretty
THE IN OUTBest Jagged Rock Band Not Copping the ‘80s Revival The In Out, one of Boston’s best bands, makes music that is cerebral,
CAROLINE HERRINGSinger Who Sings About Whiskey and Blood Sweeter Than Anyone You’ll Ever Hear Voted “Best New Artist” at the Austin Music Awards last
GULLIVERGreat Hope for the Widespread Revival of Rock and Soul Music Alabama’s Gulliver are a very young band—guitarist/vocalist Scott Boyer III is
GOAPELEOne Good Reason Not to Give Up on “Neo-Urban-New Soul,” or The Only Reason This Decade to Thank Clear Channel Outside of the Bay Area,
THE DARKNESSBest Cock Rock Spandex Wearing Pretenders To Judas Priest’s Throne And I Don’t Think They’re Doing It Ironically Especially Since They’