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Saturday, May 4 2002

Los Imposibles Hombres Impasibles: Café Tacuba at the Crossroads

The real key to Café Tacuba is the fact that all four members write beautiful songs.


Working the Borders: The Tijuana and Monterrey Scenes

Tijuana and Monterrey are both closer to the U.S. border than they are to Mexico City, and both have enthusiastic and committed local music scenes that have little to do with trying to sound like 'chilangos' (natives of Mexico City) and everything to do with musical hybridism.


Thursday, May 2 2002

Ain’t Trickin’ Me

As soon as word got out that Left Eye was dead, the news-and-entertainment industry kicked into a depressingly familiar gear.


Tuesday, April 30 2002

Tell Me When It’s Over: The Paisley Underground Reconsidered

The Rain Parade Steve Wynn   If you ask Steve Wynn for one of his favorite memories from his days playing on the Los Angeles


Thursday, April 25 2002

Goodbye, Layne

I remember the feeling of sadness when I read that Staley had taken to wearing fingerless gloves, presumably to hide the puncture wounds on the backs on his hands, from injecting heroin when his other veins refused to cooperate.


Friday, April 19 2002

South by Southwest on a Shoestring: A Diary

Schwartz writes about her odyssey at this year's South By Southwest Festival in the 'Home of Live Music' [Austin, Texas]; the place where 'Music Still Matters.'


South by Southwest on a Shoestring: A Diary

Schwartz writes about her odyssey at this year's South By Southwest Festival in the 'Home of Live Music' [Austin, Texas]; the place where 'Music Still Matters.'


South by Southwest on a Shoestring: A Diary

Schwartz writes about her odyssey at this year's South By Southwest Festival in the 'Home of Live Music' [Austin, Texas]; the place where 'Music Still Matters.'


South by Southwest on a Shoestring: A Diary

Schwartz writes about her odyssey at this year's South By Southwest Festival in the 'Home of Live Music' [Austin, Texas]; the place where 'Music Still Matters.'


South by Southwest on a Shoestring: A Diary

Schwartz writes about her odyssey at this year's South By Southwest Festival in the 'Home of Live Music' [Austin, Texas]; the place where 'Music Still Matters.'


South by Southwest on a Shoestring: A Diary

Schwartz writes about her odyssey at this year's South By Southwest Festival in the 'Home of Live Music' [Austin, Texas]; the place where 'Music Still Matters.'


Wednesday, April 10 2002

Freedy in the Aftermath

Something of this clumsy love can get us through a season of war. By way of the benefit concert, pop has seemed like a parade of virtue; by way of everything else, it has sounded like knee-jerk nationalism.


Thursday, April 4 2002

Eight Years After: A Remembrance of Kurt Cobain’s Troubles and the Music They Inspired

At the start of the '90s, Kurt Cobain appeared to be the savior of rock 'n' roll. He was a beacon of hope to the black and flannel set, who saw him emerge from the fog of macho groups like Guns N' Roses as the only guy who could wear liberalism on his sleeve, begging sexist, racist, and homophobic rednecks not to buy his records, while still gaining their admiration by rocking fucking hard.


Tuesday, April 2 2002

Dueling Banjos: Scruggs-style vs. the Clawhammer

What Earl Scruggs brought to banjo was a 'little something extra', that being his middle finger . . . In fact, it can be said with a straight face that Scruggs is the father of industrial music, because his home environment had everything to do with his sound.


Friday, March 15 2002

Irish Music, Roots and Branches

Irish traditional song reflects the cultural cross currents and historical conflicts that long have linked Ireland and the British Isles. So what makes Irish traditional music 'Irish', and for that matter, what might distinguish it as 'Celtic'?


Oisin’s Arguments with St. Patrick

Taken together, the St. Patrick and Oisin tales constitute a dialogue that is also a theological battle between Christianity and Celtic paganism.


Cadence to Arms: the Dropkick Murphys

[The Dropkick Murphys are] quite possibly the most brilliant and exciting live band around today, really. And if they don't make you start thinking patriotically about Irish-American heroes like Mother Jones, Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, Michael J. Quill, and George Meany, then they haven't done their job.


Bono Re-finds His Inner Yeats

We knew, just 'knew', that U2 was so political and fiery and impassioned because they were Irish.


Wednesday, March 13 2002

Smooth Jazz Not Jazz Shock!

The fact is that this saccharine child of our times [smooth jazz] bears no more relation to modern jazz than Glenn Miller's sound did to Count Basie's or George Shearing's to Bud Powell's.


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