Wednesday, June 11 2003
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’
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,
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
[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
'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] 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 . . .
Tuesday, May 13 2003
In the spring of 1992, while white America blinked fearfully at the images of anarchy in the streets of South Central Los Angeles on their television screens, fans of Ice Cube's incendiary raps and rants simply nodded knowingly to themselves. No one could deny that Ice Cube not only had his pulse on the state of L.A.'s civic affairs long before they erupted into violence, but that he also concretized a vocal resistance to entrenched racism and oppression more capably than anyone in hip-hop at the time, including Public Enemy.
Monday, May 5 2003
The Chicago band offers a sophisticated mix that takes the '80s Manchester template as a starting point, the dark dance pop perfected by the likes of Joy Division and New Order, and fleshes it out with elements of trip-hop and a post-punk guitar fuzz.
Thursday, May 1 2003
She was the voice of a movement. Deep blues, even darker hues, from the Delta to Dakar. This woman, Black woman, was the voice of a people.
Friday, April 18 2003
Buzzcocks fans might be surprised to find that the group's new self-titled effort, its first of the new millennium, is a return to its hard-rocking roots. Fresh from some live dates in Australia, Shelley recently spoke to PopMatters about his recent projects and the Buzzcocks' plans for the future.
Tuesday, April 15 2003
Forget math rock -- let's hear it for 'one step?' Cori Taratoot scours American history and musical genres to interpret all the noise about Brooklyn's irreverent noisemakers.
Tuesday, April 8 2003
What if Kelly had been Justin Timberlake or Eminem? Would the conversation fall back so easily into one where a white man mistreated and exploited (raped?) a young black girl because of his racist views of black women?
Friday, March 28 2003
The original version of 'Compared to What' is a powerful example of black pop that wasn't afraid, echoing Audre Lorde, to speak truth to power.
Wednesday, February 5 2003
The chance to revisit these albums is not likely to result in any critical reevaluation, but at least it's a chance to enjoy a boldly experimental phase in the career of one of rock's most intriguing artists.
Wednesday, January 29 2003
Pall Jenkins talks about the band's new record, Amore Del Tropico, a sunnier but equally subversive look at love gone awry.
I'm not really sure if the critical neglect of Stew has anything to do with his being black . . . it's pretty clear that he's just not doing fashionable music.