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Wednesday, July 10 2002

Elvis Costello & the Imposters

What a flashback. By the middle of the first song of this show, I realized that I had occupied the same seat in the same


Monday, July 8 2002

Zoo Story: Come Out and Play

Los Angeles. Home of big sounding bands. Enter Zoo Story, another one of those big sounding bands. Amongst their crew are former Tonic drummer Kevin


Unwritten Law: Elva

If it were possible to convert 90% of southern California’s punk/pop bands into fossil fuels, we could solve two very big problems. Gasoline would


Superdrag: Last Call for Vitriol

Power pop may not be the best-selling sub-genre of rock, but it sure is one of the most resilient. It’s been kicking around since


The Louvin Brothers: Satan is Real

If gospel bluegrass can fathom its own Velvet Underground, then here they are: Ira and Charlie Louvin, a.k.a. The Louvin Brothers. Their comprehension


Kaia: Oregon

There are several reasons why Kaia Wilson is perhaps the perfect object of an unrequitable rockstar crush. First, she’s staggeringly cute. Second, she’s


Johnny Cash: The Best of Johnny Cash (20th Century Masters—The Millenium Collection)

A quick count reveals that Johnny Cash has released around a 100 albums of original material since his humble beginnings in the ‘50s. Not bad, but


Bluiett and the Baritone Nation: BlueBlack

One baritone sax always makes its presence felt, whether it be Harry Carney with the Ellington orchestra or some honking, early ‘50s rhythm and blues


The Powerpuff Girls Movie (2002)

Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup are smart, self-assured, and admirable.


Men In Black II (2002)

What the sequel does make abundantly clear is that the apparently accidental harmonies of the first can -- indeed must -- be turned into calculation.


Like Mike (2002)

It's easy to see why Bow Wow -- ambitious, clever, self-confident -- appealed to the folks who put this film-cd-gear- package together.


Thursday, June 27 2002

Tom Waits: Alice / Blood Money

Arguably the only living legend for whom all four cylinders are still firing, Waits’ career stretches back to 1973’s Closing Time, an album of after-hours


Weezer: Maladroit

Weezer’s fourth album—and second in less than a year—Maladroit begins with a minor-key heavy metal riff, distorted to hell and messy as


The Vines: Highly Evolved

Highly Evolved is everything a debut album from a great band should be: far from perfect but never a wasted mistake. Like many bands on


Ultimate Fakebook: Open Up and Say Awesome

Three is the key, a magic trinity of band members (3) and number of albums released (again 3) converging in a powerful sonic force that makes Open


Nelly: Nellyville

When it comes to hip-hop, I am definitely old school. Roxanne Shante and a then-unknown Biz Markie headlined my first rap concert. I saw the


Fermin Muguruza: Brigidistak Sound System

Damn, didn’t I just review this CD? Oh, wait: that was Basque reggae fanatic Muguruza’s first disc for Piranha, FM 99.00 Dub Manifest. That


Looper: The Snare

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King of Woolworths: Ming Star

Manchester artist Jon Brooks, AKA King of Woolworths, can easily be construed as Just Another Underground Techno Geek, another in what’s rapidly becoming a


Cousteau: Sirena

One day last December, when dragging myself through a slow day at my record store job, a woman asked me about “that band . . . the one


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