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Monday, August 5 2002

“Warm? Cool? What’s the Difference?”: Reevaluating ECM

Is there anything common linking these artists? A sound? An aesthetic? A philosophy? I don't really think so. All they have in common is their brilliance at playing jazz music, and having once been signed to the same label.


Monday, July 29 2002

Playing Ball: Spearhead Frontman Michael Franti Takes to the Streets

Michael Franti has made a life ignoring conventions. Maybe it stems from a formative childhood, a black boy adopted by white parents. Maybe it arises from an unwillingness to merely regard music as an frippery, an entertainment, merely a dramatic gesture


Living on a Lover’s Leap: An Interview with Canadian Singer/Songwriter Dan Bryk

Dan Bryk's songs have a distinct quirkiness that all have their own separate charm.


Wednesday, July 24 2002

The Second Summer Reading List: Books of the Non-Essential Variety

A Brief Summer Reading List, Fiction for Women“Literature: proclaiming in front of everyone what one is careful to conceal from one’s immediate circle.”—


Monday, July 22 2002

Reality Slights

That first U.S. 'Big Brother' may not have made 'great television,' but the cast and producers of 'Big Brother' -- whether they intended to or not -- offered a positive take on about human nature.


Friday, July 12 2002

In Conversation with Mark Kano of Athenaeum

"I like anything with a good melody, and a meaningful lyric. This probably isn't very hip of me, but I think the Indigo Girls are my favorite group of all time", says Mark Kano of Athenaeum.


Manchild Revisited: Race Crusader or Falling Star?

We're talking mucho bucks and financial strategy and public image when all is said and done. It's big-time scumbag business.


Wednesday, July 10 2002

A Soul Spectrum Supplement

Any one comp will give you a fair picture of the possibilities each scene has to offer. One or two will find their way into your lives, as perfect headphone or car driving accompaniment to your summer groove.


Monday, July 1 2002

The Coolness of John

I understood the value of John Entwistle's rock-solid strength amid the pinball-bouncing craziness of his bandmates' fierce energy. If they were the sizzle, 'The Ox', as he was affectionately known, was the steak.


Success Story

The camera falls on Entwistle, who's caught with a half-assed grin that quickly turns into a grimace. That one shot says it all for John: the guy standing at the back who had more up his sleeve than he was letting on.


John Entwistle, 1944-2002

Onstage, while Townshend would be smashing his guitar, Moon kicking over his drum kit and Daltrey scraping the microphone on one of Moon's dislodged cymbals, Entwistle would stand in front of his bass cabinet playing various scales right through the chaos around him.


Friday, June 28 2002

The Clarks

Mention The Clarks to most music fans outside of Pittsburgh, and you're likely to be met with a look of blank indifference. However, the fact that the four-piece band stole the show when sharing the stage with Three Doors Down at the Iron City's IC Light Amphitheatre last summer, tells you all you need to know about The Clarks' popularity in and around their hometown.


Hard Hitting Blues: The Last Man Standing: James Brown

The tag 'Soul Brother Number One', attributed to the great funk God James Brown, didn't come without him paying dues -- literally and figuratively.


Hard Hitting Blues: Smitty’s Blues

Byther Smith has been a working man his whole long life, and rightly takes pride in that honest fact.


Hard Hitting Blues: Ten Reasons Bo Diddley Is the Forgotten Heavyweight Champion of Rock

Bo Diddley is more important than the Stones, more crucial than the Beatles, more fundamental to rock as a lyricist and an instrumentalist and a conceptualist than Elvis Presley or Buddy Holly or Brian Wilson.


Hard Hitting Blues: Remembering the Mighty Man

Mentioning his name will jumpstart memories of powerful Chicago-style soul blues that telegraphs a rhythm into the soul of any blues fan.


Hard Hitting Blues: Professor Longhair

Longhair is the Picasso of keyboard funk.


Hard Hitting Blues: Walkin’ the Blues: Willie Dixon

Dixon's stature only grew with the British Invasion.


Hard Hitting Blues: Champion Jack Dupree: Great Long Ways From Home

Dupree's own life, as well as his music, provide a narrative that touched on so many aspects of the 20th century African-American experience that it at times beggars belief.


Hard Hitting Blues: Jelly Roll Morton

The life of the New Orleans piano 'professor' who grew up playing in whorehouses and clip joints has long been the stuff of legend in both jazz and blues music.


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