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Wednesday, May 8 2002

Tanya Donelly

S E T    L I S T After Your PartySwoonMoonbeam MonkeyThe StormLandspeed SongThe Night You Saved My LifeSlow DogAnother MomentDarksideWrap Around SkirtBreathe Around

The Chemical Brothers + Paul Oakenfold + Peter Tong + Sasha + John Digweed

Once in a Blue Moon A full moon on a Friday night in springtime is a convergence of more than enough elements to get the

Beulah + Mazarin

How much farther could you possibly get from the lazy, sun-drenched California of Beulah than New York’s gritty, gray, and grimy Bowery? Though not

Tuesday, May 7 2002

Various Artists: Happy 2B Hardcore Chapter Six: the Final Chapter

I think by now we’re all agreed that disco never died. Despite the strident well-publicized calls for its death by homophobes and metalheads, and

Monster Movie: Last Night Something Happened

Have people yet turned on to the sounds of Monster Movie? The year 2001 found the band debuting with their self-titled EP, a stunning and melodic

LoDeck: Bash It EP

In an attempt to deviate from the feel-good rhymes of Mos Def or the mainstream-damn-near-pop appeal of Jay-Z, Lo Deck is trying to be a

Gritty Kitty: Where Did You Find Each Other?

Five years ago, Athens quartet Gritty Kitty released their debut album, Mistaking Airplanes for Stars, an amateurish batch of boy/girl indie-pop that reflected perfectly

Mariah Carey: Greatest Hits

There’s a popular mythology out there that says that certain things—like pop divas and Fortune 500 companies—never die. I’m not talking your

Anathema: A Fine Day to Exit

A few years ago, Anathema were a death-metal band from Liverpool with songs of such crushing intensity they would make even Lemmy’s ears bleed.

The Shield

The success of 'The Shield' has doubtless upped the ante in regard to what networks will allow -- and resort to -- in order to gain ratings.

Insomniac with Dave Attell

As far as television is concerned, Insomniac's cracked lens takes us as close to reality as we can happily get.

The Gathering Storm

The point in 'The Gathering Storm' is that Churchill is 'human', that he has faults.

Monday, May 6 2002

Various Artists: Latin Groove

World music purveyors Putumayo really nails it with this compilation, a spicy musical stew that proves sound of musical worlds colliding can, indeed, be beautiful.

764-HERO: Nobody Knows This Is Everywhere

To many indie rock aficionados, the name 764-HERO is somehow synonymous with the gray, soggy Northwest climate. John Atkins’ terminally melancholy yowl coupled with his

Stan Ridgway: Holiday in Dirt

To most who were conscious of the New Wave, or even those who listen to lots of ‘80s radio now, Wall of Voodoo’s “Mexican

Fred LeBlanc: Here on Earth

It’s generally best to approach the solo albums that musicians make and release themselves with extreme caution. After all, if no one was interested

The Get Up Kids: Something to Write Home About

The Get Up Kids are not cool. That’s for sure. The Get Up Kids are about as far from cool as you can get

Dexy’s Midnight Runners: Too-Rye-Ay

The yahoos that stocked the rafters came looking for chart-toppers and low-brow fashion. But once the ephemeral was handed-over, those support gigs for Dexy’s

Angie Aparo: Weapon of Mass Construction

Angie Aparo first popped up on the radar with the release of his Arista Records debut, The American, back in 2000. The distinction pf being Aparo’

Sunday, May 5 2002

XTC: A Coat of Many Cupboards

Cult status or no, XTC’s raw deal at the hands of Virgin Records is slightly rectified herein, and helps repair a rift of under-representation that spanned decades and resulted in a bruising industry battle.

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