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Monday, June 24 2002

El-P: Fantastic Damage

We’ve all been waiting for this one. Since El-P’s trio, Company Flow, broke up in March of 2000, we’ve all been sitting tight,


Benett: Welcome to the Jungle

That Benett is one crazy lady. Very groovy and very cool, mind you, but she’s definitely not your typical female singer-songwriter. Or is she


The Boggs: We Are the Boggs We Are

Jesus, talk about false advertising! What is this, some kind of Coldplay tribute band dragging in from a long night at the pub? The cover


Friday, June 21 2002

Juwanna Mann (2002)

It's no longer critiquing mainstream expectations, but instead, absorbing and reflecting stereotypes, drained of context.


Thursday, June 20 2002

Various Artists: Meet the Scene: An Introduction to Finnish Underground Guitar Pop

So, you know anything about Finland? Personally, the extent of my knowledge of all things Finnish is limited to lots of hockey players (including the


Howlin’ Wolf: The Real Folk Blues / More Real Folk Blues

When I first heard Howlin’ Wolf, his sound was eerie and strange to me, like nothing I had ever heard before. “How Many More Years”


The Star Room Boys: This World Just Won’t Leave You Alone

The Star Room Boys hail from Athens, GA, buut their style is more akin to roadhouse honky tonk than anything you normally associate with the


Moby: 18

18, the latest addition to Moby’s oeuvre, was released last month after much anticipation. His previous album, Play (1999), is the catalyst responsible for catapulting the


Judas Priest: Turbo / Priest . . . Live!

The infamous, 1986 cult classic Heavy Metal Parking Lot, a 16-minute documentary short about the kids partying in a suburban D.C. parking lot in the


Bryan Ferry: Frantic

Such the jokester, that Bryan Ferry. The man hasn’t done anything remotely frantic since “Both Ends Burning” from Roxy Music’s majestic 1975 album Siren.


The Bevis Frond: What Did for the Dinosaurs

There’s something awfully irritating about rock musicians complaining that today’s musicians don’t know how to rock as well as they do. Whether


Minority Report (2002)

Based on a story published by Philip K. Dick in 1956, 'Minority Report' is science-fiction of the sort that Dick preferred to write -- set in the future, but all wrapped up in concerns that are immediately relevant to the present moment (that the same concerns were relevant back in 1956 is not a little unnerving, as will become clear).


Lilo & Stitch (2002)

Lovably unconventional, Lilo & Stitch have some trouble fitting in with their peer groups -- regular kids in Lilo's case, multi-limbed aliens in Stitch's.


Juwanna Mann (2002)

Like its men-in-drag predecessors, Juwanna Mann doesn't critique gender stereotypes, so much as it uses them to espouse a morality lesson.


The Fast Runner (Atanarjuat) (2002)

Exotic and universal, The Fast Runner is as engrossing as any thriller, as majestic as any epic.


Wednesday, June 19 2002

Various Artists: Rock Music: A Tribute to Weezer

The possibility of a tribute album being a success is tenuous at best, and the few factors it hangs on determines whether it will sink


Various Artists: Paris Lounge 2

Hot on the heels of the hugely successful Paris Lounge set comes Volume Two. A little too hotly perhaps, for although this mixture of deep


The String Cheese Incident: Outside Inside

Ever since the Grateful Dead cut lousy albums back in the late ‘60s, reviewers have fallen back on a certain adage: a good live band


Harry Manx: Wise and Otherwise

In a way, Wise and Otherwise, a very natural sounding expression of East meets West, has been waiting 40 years to be realized. While the music


The Clarks: Another Happy Ending

Apart from maybe the onset of summer, there aren’t too many things more anticipated in Pittsburgh than a new record from the Clarks. This


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