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Thursday, April 25 2002

Masters of the Hemisphere: The Permanent Stranger EP

Bren Mead and Sean Rawls, dual leaders of Athens’ Masters of the Hemisphere, are eternal indie-pop pranksters, whose cache of irresistible hooks is dwarfed only


Nik Kershaw: To Be Frank

Wouldn’t it be good if everyone knew how good Nik Kershaw really is? Nik Kershaw is one of the most criminally unappreciated songwriters of


Darren Hayes: Spin

Back when I was first discovering music, good pop was relatively easy to come by. Everything, to me, was new and fresh, enticing and electric.


We Are Going to America (1992/2002)

We Are Going to America offers a fragmented and personal interpretation of the immigrants' experiences.


World Traveler (2001)

World Traveler returns to the 'problem' of Cal's appearance, as several characters... remark on his beauty.


The Scorpion King (2002)

The Rock is a star, straight up.


Murderous Maids (2002)

Murderous Maids proffers all the pieces to the case and yet never reveals a pattern.


Life or Something Like It (2002)

Most regrettably, Lanie's not a crazy chick at all.


Les Destinées (2000)

As its title suggests, the pall of inevitability hangs over Les Destinées.


Jason X (2002)

Jason X merely proceeds from one bloody splatter shot to the next.


The Cat’s Meow (2002)

'The Cat's Meow' insists, you can't go back to the good old days, because they were never so good as you think they were.


Wednesday, April 24 2002

Various Artists: Songs Without Words 2

The concept is simple. Take a number of artists from a variety of musical backgrounds, ask them each to write and perform a song. The


RL: RL:Ements

Buoyed by the production of Kay Gee (he of Naughty By Nature fame), the trio Next fit nicely into a post-Jodeci black pop world, alongside


Ill Ease: Live at the Holiday Sin

One-woman band Elizabeth Sharp is the skewed mastermind behind Live at the Holiday Sin, her third full-length release under the name Ill Ease. The title


Engine Down: Demure

As is the problem with most albums of its time in the independent world, where not releasing an album on a regular basis can force


Chantigs: Four Hats

San Francisco’s Chantigs have apparently been rocking it up for some time. Previous releases such as Up with the Chantigs found much favor amongst


Brothomstates: Claro

Sometimes it can be hard not to wonder when exactly the IDM movement stopped producing truly innovative works and started to become a cheap, Autechre-derivative


Azure Ray: November

Only six songs long, November will no doubt tweak your interest immediately. A bare bones, but warm vocal/guitar duo, this is a must for


Zero 7

Even as I sit here with my headphones on listening to Zero 7, the band that played to a packed, enthusiastic Irving Plaza crowd last Friday,


Bob Mould

Photo Credit: David Israel He Sings, He Plays Guitar, He Operates the Tilt-A-Whirl, and He Will Even Guess Your Weight Bob Mould first stunned fans


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