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Wednesday, June 12 2002

Mates of State

Seeing Mates of State, whether its performing or sitting down for a chat, one cannot help but think that Kori Gardner (keyboards, vocals) and Jason


Luna + Sonic Boom

Luna S E T    L I S T 1995LovedustFour Thousand DaysWeird and WoozyBewitchedBlack PostcardsHello Little OneMermaid EyesTracy I Love YouLost in SpaceTiger LilyFreakin’


W.C. Handy Awards

The Orpheum Theater Charlie Musselwhite The W.C. Handy Awards weekend in Memphis is not any one activity but rather a set of vignettes that


Preserving the Pascagoula by Donald G. Schueler

Our present crop of undergraduate students seem convinced that nature is nothing more than that unpleasant experience between the air-conditioned dorm and the air-conditioned car.


Filthy: The Weird World of John Waters by Robrt L. Pela

The man who built a career and a legend on the gleeful gross-out, the subversion of suburbia, and the celebration of the unthinkably perverse turned out to be, above all, a classy guy.


The End of Innocence by Chastity Bono with Michele Kort

During the voyage to adulthood, Chastity struggles to find success outside the shadow of her powerful parents.


Alice Guy Blaché: Lost Visionary of the Cinema by Alison McMahan

As the Lumieres and Melies were developing the cinematic art, a woman by the name of Alice Guy Blaché arrived on the scene and established herself as the first woman filmmaker.


Tuesday, June 11 2002

36 Crazyfists: Bitterness the Star

In today’s world of rock, diversity is a much-needed ingredient to keep things moving forward. In recent years, the biz has become too comfortable


The National Trust: Dekkagar

The National Trust have concocted an unusual brew in their latest disc for Thrill Jockey, Dekkagar, using rich and syrupy ingredients that have not been


Nas: Stillmatic

Like all true Nas fans, when I heard these words sung on the hook of the first single from his last LP Nastrodamus, I cringed.


Van Morrison: Down the Road

Beginning with the opening groans of Van Morrison’s desperately optimistic harmonica, a minor crisis is at play here. “And I got to be so


The Flatlanders: Now Again

The landscape of Texas seems filled with vast expanses of land and sky, with trains and grain, dust clouds and full moons. The musical voice


Elf Power: Creatures

Since Elf Power first formed as the low-key recording project of Andrew Rieger and Laura Carter in 1994, the band has gone through a scattered cast


Electric Soft Parade: Holes in the Wall

Another sibling duo with the surname White have come to breathe life into a dying musical genre. While Meg and Jack White (of the White


Monday, June 10 2002

Various Artists: Smooth Grooves: Cruisin’ Classics

One of the functional myths of the post-World War II era circulated in the image of the Ford Mustang—top down, hair in the breeze—


SpinacHoney: Chosen

Roll over, spring. Summer’s just around the corner and that means it’s time to cue up the music that will define the year’


Rusted Root: Welcome to My Party

At a time when most teens were washing down their angst with copious amounts of grunge, the neo-hippie optimism of bands like Rusted Root was


Mark Eitzel: Music for Courage and Confidence

Mark Eitzel has spent the better part of the last 15 years—first with his band American Music Club, and more recently, with his solo career—


The BellRays: In the Light of the Sun

If you take a listen to any of the BellRays’ songs from the past couple years, such as “Fire on the Moon” or “Blues for


Cristina Branco: Corpo Illuminado

When I hear Portuguese fadista Cristina Branco sing, words like pristine vocals come to mind. She is known for her superb diction and phrasing and


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