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Thursday, June 14 2001

Beans: Crane Wars

Beans. They’re from Canada, don’t you know. They make music. Sort of. I think they might be artsy. Then again, they might just


Wednesday, June 13 2001

U2

successfully wooed a near sellout crowd for it's first D.C. show on this tour. The crowd loved the band; the band loved the crowd. We all loved one another.


Monday, June 11 2001

    Various Artists: Dublab Presents: Freeways

Los Angeles is a big city. That’s an understatement, of course, but it’s an understatement worth repeating: Los Angeles is a big, big


    John Vanderslice: Time Travel is Lonely

John Vanderslice seems to have grown up in the time between Mass Suicide Occult Figurines and Time Travel Is Lonely. He still has the same


    Tesla: The Best of Tesla: The Millennium Collection

Had Tesla risen to fame ten years earlier they would’ve have been heralded as a great, gritty rock and roll band taking their place


    Toby Dammit: Top Dollar

Yeah, I used to frequent the dance clubs when I was younger. Back in ‘93 and ‘94 it was not uncommon at all to see me at


    Brian Setzer ‘68 Comeback Special: Ignition

Somehow, throughout Brian Setzer’s long career, it’s escaped a lot of people’s notice that he’s an absolutely phenomenal guitarist. Part of


    The Silos: Laser Beam Next Door

From his interviews, lead Silo Walter Salas-Humara appears to dislike being associated with folk or roots music. Which, for anyone, who has ever heard the


    Stereo MC’s: Deep Down & Dirty

Nine years later, the British band returns with a millennial update of their horn-and-drum laden sound. Deep Down & Dirty adds a few twists to


    Sugar Ray: self-titled

One person’s marketing dream is another person’s hellish nightmare. Welcome to the dichotomy that is the current self-titled release from the Southern California


    Super XX Man: Volume V

If you’ve been keeping up with yours truly this year, then you know I absolutely frothed over Those Peabodys. So it was with much


    The Philadelphia Experiment: self-titled

With a bevy of releases and forthcoming projects from the likes of Jill Scott, Music Soulchild, Res, The Roots, Amel Larrieux, Ursula Rucker, Black Thought,


    The Pearlfishers: Across the Milky Way

Can we talk for a minute? Let’s transcend this music reviewer/audience dichotomy—that’s not what human relationships have come to today, is


    Neotropic: La Prochaine Fois

Riz Maslen is somewhat of an enigma in electronic music. For starters, she’s not that electronic. In the past she’s leaned toward creating


Willie Nelson: Rainbow Connection

Over the course of a long and winding career, Willie Nelson has been a lot of things: gifted songwriter, outlaw country singer, concept album master,


    Bob Marley and the Wailers: Catch a Fire / Burnin’

Catch a Fire, Bob Marley and the Wailers’ first major label release, was the album that set the band—primarily Marley, of course—on the


    Bob Marley and the Wailers: Natty Dread

Their sound was already classic. Despite being together close to a decade, the release of Catch a Fire in 1973, marked the first the music of


    Kevin Kling: Stories off the Shallow End / Home and Away

Kevin Kling speaks like he’s a little kid jumping up and down, giddy with enthusiasm to tell you something. As is the case with


Fontanelle: F

The electronic jazz/post-rock instrumental experimentation of Fontanelle’s 2000 self-titled debut suggested a slightly funky hybrid of Can and early-‘70s Miles Davis. F offers


Electric Light Orchestra: Eldorado

“The communion of the saints, in earlier times it was set by painters in a golden heaven, shining, beautiful and full of peace . . . It is


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