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Wednesday, January 8 2003

UB40: UB40 Present the Fathers of Reggae

It’s been nearly two decades since British reggae group UB40 had a hit with “Red Red Wine”. Since that highpoint, the group has faded

Tandy: The Lowdown: 1997-2002

There has been a great band under our noses the whole time, and their name is Tandy. Headed by American singer-songwriter Mike Ferrio

Saint Etienne: Finisterre

Poor Saint Etienne. Back when they first appeared in the early ‘90s, they seemed like the next Pet Shop Boys, a couple of British music

The Roots: Phrenology

On 1995’s Do You Want More?, the first widely available album by the Roots, there was a track called “Essaywhuman?!!??!” that was essentially an excuse

Darryl Purpose: A Crooked Line

When one thinks of a male folk singer from anywhere but Texas, the image of a squirrelly guy in long hair and wire-rim glasses is

The Mishaps: Get Away Volume

Is punk dead? You know, I’m just not sure. I’m certainly pushed towards a big fat yes when I look around at what

Ladytron: Light & Magic

Two cuts into Ladytron’s sophomore effort Light & Magic, they drop “Seventeen”, a delicious slice of early ‘80s electro-sleeze with all the right elements—

Hayden: Live at Convocation Hall

Double live albums are dodgy enterprises any way you cut it. While they can sometimes be interesting for the diehard fan of an artist, for

The Flaming Sideburns: The Flaming Sideburns Save Rock ‘N’ Roll

This late into 2002, you’d think the ever-growing number of Scandinavian rock bands that have been heavily hyped Stateside has reached its saturation point. However,

Jane Bunnett: Cuban Odyssey

Jane Bunnett is undoubtedly one of North America’s most talented and authentic interpreters of Cuban music, having been involved with the country’s music


What Rob Williams and Co. expose in this deftly written series is that power lies as far from the common man as is possible; it rests in the hands of the wealthiest elite.

My Friend Dahmer (a.k.a. Young Jeffrey Dahmer)

At the tender age of 12 Derf befriended Jeffrey Dahmer. He witnessed firsthand the downward spiral that created the monster we all know Dahmer to be.

Glenn Tilbrook

Glenn Tilbrook practically skipped onto the tiny red-curtained Viper Room stage in Los Angeles, California. Dressed in a simple red and white T-shirt and jeans

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

S E T    L I S T The Last DJLove Is a Long RoadHave Love Will TravelFree Fallin’When a Kid Goes BadShadow

Love with Arthur Lee

S E T    L I S T My Little Red BookOrange SkiesYour Mind and We Belong Together7 and 7 IsSigned D.C.Everybody’s

Counting Crows

For those of you who are familiar with Counting Crows’ morose recordings, let me assure you that lead singer Adam Duritz did not walk out

Tuesday, January 7 2003

Stereo Total: Oh Ah

If you’ve heard that schticky polyglot pan-European lounge-act Stereo Total were a must to catch live (which is something I’ve been told over

Donna Summer: Bad Girls (Deluxe Edition)

Originally released as a double-LP in 1979, Bad Girls fully established Donna Summer as pop icon. Replete with the epic production work of Giorgio Moroder and

G-Unit: Beg For Mercy

If you want to be a full-fledged star in today’s rap world, there are a few prerequisites. First, you should have a compelling story:

The Green Pajamas: Through Glass Colored Roses: The Best of the Green Pajamas

The soft and breathy approach quickly starts to feel bland over the long haul, and there are times when you find yourself wanting to tweak the knobs in the studio and spice the songs up a bit.

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