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Thursday, July 17 2003

Rising Son


Wednesday, July 9 2003

The First Instinct Is to Go Somewhere Completely Different: Interview with Joey Burns of Calexico

If you're looking for an artistic intersection between cultures that speaks volumes about the liminal experience left to those who cannot find a home within the dominant paradigm, take Arizona's Calexico for a spin.

Into the Wild Blue Yonder: Adventures with the Blue Man Group

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

Love Unlimited: In Memory of Barry White

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.

Wednesday, June 11 2003

Saturday Looks Good to Me

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 Darkness

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’


22-20SBest New British Band to Have Every Single Person in the Record Industry Across the UK Slavering The place—The Coachella Festival, Indio, California,

Now Hear This!

The revival has slaughtered garage rock. Pop continues to eat itself. What is a respectable music fan to do? Take a listen to our critics, of course, who weigh in on what joyful noises you may be missing.

Monday, June 2 2003

Burning Alive Never Felt So Perfect

[The Blood Brothers'] dichotomy of bone-breaking screaming and jittery pop shrieking is like nothing rock or any of its inert subgenres has ever heard -- and there is beauty in its brutal destruction. Unpredictably violent and spastically catchy, the two throats chew the traditional hardcore vocal structure into tatters as they spit a grotesquely poetic ode to how people cloak themselves in lies and fake personae.

Thursday, May 29 2003

Rebel Yawn

'American Life' maligns our generally antiseptic representations of the people we kill. You'd have had to log on to a Middle Eastern news network if you wanted to acquaint yourself with the unseemly fact that people die when bombs go off or that 'surgical' is an accurate description of bombing only if the surgery in question was performed in the Middle Ages.

Tony James and the ArgonautSSS

[Tony James] suffered a great number of years being a pariah of the music industry while his vision withered away before him. However, in [Sigue Sigue] Sputnik's Internet rebirth, we have one of the great stories of rock and roll made even greater . . .

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