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Wednesday, April 17 2002


What happened to swagger? Though I’ve grown to expect more complexity and emotional honesty out of rock stars, rock ‘n’ roll is one more

Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros

I had a dream about St. Ann’s Warehouse—it picks up just at the end of the April 6 Joe Strummer gig (the final night

The Shiners

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The Eels

Reclusive Eels Frontman Finally Leaves House, Brings Guitars With Him It’s doubtful that Mark Everett had any idea what the song “Fittin’ in with


In 39 minutes, the world is going to end. We are all waiting for that end to begin. There’s a sickness in the air, like

Beta Band

The guy in the yellow shirt (“Reconstruction Continues . . .,” his shoulder blades informed) didn’t seem to notice how close the crowd was packed, how smoky

Tuesday, April 16 2002

Sloan: Pretty Together

The Canadian quartet Sloan has always fashioned itself after the democracy within the Beatles. In both bands, all four distinct members contribute to the songwriting.

Josh Ritter: Golden Age of Radio

“After Bob Dylan took his guitar case on the road to New York . . . he inspired an earnest army of guitar poets who took a dubious

Tony Perez: From Enchantment and Timba to Full Force Jazz

Although it is not easy to stand out in the crowded Latin jazz market, Tony Perez has some distinct advantages. His instrument is the piano

Dan the Automator: Wanna Buy a Monkey?

Seeing the spine of a CD with Dan the Automator’s name on it is somewhat akin to finding a copy of Hamlet credited to

Bob Brozman & René Lacaille: Digdig

Without a doubt, Digdig is a record of nearly irresistible charms, and the good feeling contained in the music is more than infectious, it’s

Alkaline Trio / Hot Water Music: self-titled

It all depends on how you’re going to like this split EP by Chicago favorites Alkaline Trio and Gainesville, Florida’s Hot Water Music.

Gary Allan: Alright Guy

Gary Allan has built his career by being a commercially successful yet left-of-centre country artist, and as the genre recovers from an unpleasant onslaught of

Thursday, April 11 2002

Various Artists: Punch Drunk III

Shortly after the September attacks on the World Trade Center, an incident occurred within the punk underground community that illustrates an unsettling hesitancy among purveyors

Various Artists: A Tribute to Robert Altman’s Nashville

“Let me point out two things. Number One: All of us are deeply involved with politics whether we know it or not and whether we

Hobart Smith: Blue Ridge Legacy

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The Reivers: Saturday / End of the Day

Ahead of their time, or out of their time? The Reivers was cut from the same indie cloth as R.E.M., only they were

Gorillaz: G-Sides

The concept of cartoon bands has always fascinated me. You can’t ask for a better marriage between visual and audio than sharp animation and

Dimitri from Paris: After the Playboy Mansion

It’s not that cool to be cool anymore. Back when Dimitri from Paris put out A Night at the Playboy Mansion in 2000—or “Y

Brendan Benson: Lapalco

The good news is that Brendan Benson is back. Six years later, this singer/songwriter returns with a winning sophomore collection of a dozen personal

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