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Monday, April 1 2002

SushiRobo: Drawings and Garbage Structures

Babe, I dig your sound! No really, I’m not just saying that. It’s so—how should I put this—original! What do you


Friday, March 29 2002

Reverend Horton Heat + Nashville Pussy

Reverend Horton Heat Nashville Pussy As I arrive at the Irving Plaza just a few minutes before Nashville Pussy are to begin their show, I


The North Mississippi Allstars

S E T    L I S T 51 PhantomSugartownLord Have MercyFreedom HighwayShake Em On DownThe Thrill Is GoneUp Over YonderSnakes in My BushesDrinking Muddy


Gorillaz

OK, imagine this. You’re standing in the beautiful Aragon Ballroom in Chicago watching the latest hyped multimedia event. You’d right click on the


Clem Snide + John Vanderslice + Short Stack

Driving, driving, driving. Listening to music and driving. Driving, driving, missing the exit off I-495 and driving. You’d think there’d be more signage


Ryan Adams + Leona Naess

Brown Sugar & the Emperor of Wyoming Songbirds of the rock era have never had it easy in the pop arena. Some, like Joni Mitchell,


Thursday, March 28 2002

Henri Salvador: Room with a View

You can’t avoid it. I’ve tried to listen to this as a standard album and to judge it accordingly. It can’t be


The Mountain Goats: All Hail West Texas

There’s something to be said for perseverance. For the better part of the last 10 years, John Darnielle, AKA The Mountain Goats (yes, we know,


Indigo Girls: Become You

Become You is among the best they’ve ever done, and if this album doesn’t charm you, nothing will.


Jools Holland: Jools Holland’s Big Band Rhythm & Blues

He may have been a member of Squeeze during their glory days, but to most people nowadays, Jools Holland is best known as the affable


Eels: Souljacker

Souljacker is as strong as any of Eels previous albums, but even crawling through the muck there is a lot more joy and life here than heard before.


Comet Gain: Realistes

When fans and rock writers look at the career of Comet Gain, a bratty quasi-punk outfit born and bred on the streets of London, there


The Chemical Brothers: Come With Us

Pop the new Chemical Brothers album, Come With Us into your CD player, and let the genie out of the bottle. A flurry of soundtrack


The Rookie (2002)

The conflicts are familiar, but 'The Rookie' presents them admirably and resolves them without sap overload.


Panic Room (2002)

In lieu of plot or character, 'Panic Room' offers the house.


Clockstoppers (2002)

For a movie about messing with time, it is quite linear and conservative.


Journeys With George (2002)

Bush is many things to many people: a tyrant, a savior, a great guy, a shyster, a man of the people, and a moneyed elitist.


Wednesday, March 27 2002

Dwight Yoakam: South of Heaven, West of Hell

I used to have the Airplane! soundtrack. It was, quite literally, the soundtrack to the film: music plus lines and sound effects, everything. Putting it


Twangbangers: 26 Days on the Road

Remember that old diesel-powered country classic, “Six Days on the Road”? Things certainly are accelerating and vistas expanding if 26 Days on the Road is any


Shani: Call of the Wild

Unusual semi-success story, here: young Shani Rigsbee can sing beautifully, so her parents up and move from Hot Springs, Arkansas, to Los Angeles to help


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