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Monday, April 8 2002

The Detachment Kit: They Raging.  Quiet Army

Chicago is a city with a proud rock ‘n’ roll tradition, but in the past few years, the well of talent has run horribly dry.


Thursday, April 4 2002

Sparkle*jets u.k.: Bamboo Lounge

One of the most important, yet one of the most oft-forgotten, details of being a pop band is that pop music is essentially fun. This


Moth: Provisions, Fiction and Gear

Moth is making its bid to be the next big thing in rock and roll. With the debut album, Provisions, Fiction and Gear, Moth just


Natalie Imbruglia: White Lilies Island

Three or four years ago, you had to feel just a tiny bit sorry for Natalie Imbruglia. For a fleeting moment, she was reasonably cool;


Johnny Gill: Ultimate Collection

Johnny Gill is easily the most enigmatic R&B vocalist of his generation. Blessed with a stunningly mature full baritone that he first introduced


Ghostface Killah: Bulletproof Wallets

When Charles Mingus was undergoing psychiatric treatment at Bellevue, he wrote a tune called “All the Things You Could Be If Sigmund Freud’s Wife


The Church: After Everything Now This

To say that The Church have been at it for quite awhile now is a bit of an understatement. To say that it’s a


Billy Mahonie: What Becomes Before

What Becomes Before by London outfit Billy Mahonie is a terrific fucking album, to put it bluntly. If PopMatters was into capsulized reviews, we’d


Travis

S E T    L I S T SingGood FeelingWriting to Reach YouPipe DreamsAs You AreDriftwoodThe FearSideLast TrainMore Than UsFollow the LightTurnFlowers in the


Leaves

In the recent past people tried to tell us that quiet was the new loud. Britain was awash with troubled singers standing on the shoulders


Lambchop

With the much heralded musical shift from the country-soul amalgam of Nixon, to the sparser, quieter textures of their latest offering Is A Woman, Lambchop


Hanson Brothers

What is the desire to recapture magical moments that belong only to the past? The term I’m searching for is something that goes beyond


Girls Against Boys + The Yeah Yeah Yeahs + The Pattern

It was all Clash over the Echo Lounge’s PA system on a Tuesday night. The debut album before the first band, The Drill Team,


. . . And You Will Know Us by The Trail of Dead

S E T    L I S T Richter Scale MadnessMistakes and RegretsMark David ChapmanGargoyle WaitingHomageFake Fake EyesAnother Morning StonerBaudelaireRelative WaysAged DollsA Perfect TeenhoodTotally


The Piano Teacher (2001)

Haneke's films challenge not only media violence, but also unsuccessful satires of media violence, like Oliver Stone's indulgent, bloodily hedonistic 'Natural Born Killers'.


No Such Thing (2002)

Arid and hermetic, it's the first misstep in Hartley's intriguing and varied career.


High Crimes (2002)

'High Crimes' is a movie starring Ashley Judd whom someone has determined is the ideal Flinty Woman in Danger.


E.T. the Extraterrestrial (1982/2002)

The rerelease of 'E.T.' raises questions that underscore the difference between the Reagan-Bush years and the years of Bush Jr. and Dick Cheney.


Death to Smoochy (2002)

PULL.


Crush (2001)

'Crush' is surely 'quaint,' but . . . it's also sad in ways it probably doesn't mean to be.


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