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Monday, January 21 2002

The Stratford Four: The Revolt Against Tired Noises

In past PopMatters reviews of the Mezzanines, Starlight Mints, and Je Suis France, I couldn’t help but point out how these contemporary guitar-based indie

Nine Inch Nails: And All That Could Have Been

The title of the new Nine Inch Nails disc, And All That Could Have Been, is perhaps a case of Trent Reznor taking a slight

Mates of State: Our Constant Concern

There really is no one else who sounds like Mates of State. Of course, every band has some quality that makes them unique, but Mates

Mekons: Fear and Whiskey

You wake up in the afternoon to headlines about a goofy reactionary figurehead President, and his pal the British Prime Minister, both of whom are

Richard Hawley: Late Night Final

Warning: what you are about to experience contains not a hint of irony or pessism, skepticism or half-truths, denial or doubt. There are no ulterior

Fieldy’s Dreams: Rock ‘n’ Roll Gangster

In the press release for Rock ‘n’ Roll Gangster, the first solo release from Korn bassist Fieldy (under the pseudonym “Fieldy’s Dreams”), he is

Check Engine: self-titled

Another day, another math rock band. That means lots of supposedly interesting time signatures that never creep into 4/4, guitar riffs that seem more intent on

Blue Six: Beautiful Tomorrow

Since its first 12” release in 1999, San Francisco’s Naked Music label has been at the forefront of a deep house revival that has brought legions

The Anniversary: Your Majesty

It seems like, lately, everyone has been avoiding the label of “emo” like the kiss of death. My friend (who knows more about these things

Algorithm: Composure

As early as 20 years after his death in 1669, art critics posited that Rembrandt had been using different techniques when it came to his method of

Thursday, January 17 2002


By the night’s end, it seemed everything had been destroyed—including the band. Drummer Ron Albertson eyed his band mates venomously, gingerly re-erecting his

Snow Dogs (2002)

In 'Snow Dogs', Cuba Gooding, Jr. is all giggles and slapstick. I lost count of the number of times he slipped on the ice or fell in the snow.

Wednesday, January 16 2002


I looked over my right shoulder. Just behind me, a couple was sharing a PDA unashamedly to the hot music. Their jaws were moving in

The Man Who Sued God (2001)


Monday, January 14 2002

The Shiners: Bonnie Blue

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Willie Nelson: The Great Divide

The cover of The Great Divide shows Willie Nelson holding his guitar. The guitar is impossibly time-worn. Scars and carved signatures cover its surface, and

Michael Jackson: Love Songs

Michael Jackson is a musical genius. After selling more than 100 million units during a 30-year career, single-handedly changing the game for aspiring “Pop Stars” with

Marvin Gaye: Love Songs: Bedroom Ballads

Marvin Gaye has long been acknowledged as the “Crown Prince” of the Motown Corporation. Beginning as a session drummer for the label (after a brief “

Ashford and Simpson: The Very Best of Ashford and Simpson

The familiar yellow and brown design of the Tamla/Motown label-the names Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell adorning 45s such as “Ain’t No Mountain

Friday, January 11 2002

The Handsome Family

The club was packed, and the crowd by the bar only shushed when Brett and Rennie, like a young, perverse Johnny and June, took the

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