Monday, October 28 2002
October 1997, Vic Theatre, Chicago. I’m in the balcony with my two best friends and wife-to-be, watching Ben Folds Five positively tear the place down. “
One thing you can say about John Darnielle is that he’s done things his own way. Aside from his work as one half of
I’m probably one of the few remaining fans from Metallica’s relatively early days who still liked the band three years ago. True, Metallica
Seems the small Pennsylvania town of Hershey is not only famous for its chocolate. It’s also got its fair share of Dave Matthews Band
Though the folks at corporate don’t seem to know it yet, neo-soul is out and real soul music is in again. This is not
Thursday, October 24 2002
Matthew Sweet fans are of the rabidly devoted type. Ask the typical Matthew Sweet fan about their collection of his material, and they’re likely
The Supreme Beings of Leisure take the sophomore slump and drop-kick it into last week on Divine Operating System, the follow-up to the self-titled debut
Bonjour monsieurs y madamoiselles and pardon the intrusion, but there’s another French revolution afoot—a subtle one in the world of popular music. Unobtrusively
The story of ambient music’s genesis begins with egg-domed musical dilettante/mentor Brian Eno being struck by a taxi in January 1975. While recuperating in
Let’s be frank, shall we? Everybody Down is an entirely bland release with no glimmers of individual personality at all. That Matthew is a
Earlier this year, I wrote a review of Iron Maiden’s CD release of Rock in Rio, their January, 2001 performance which was recorded for both
Herbie Hancock may just be the most comfortable performer ever with the jazz dichotomy between the funky, earthy, gospel-influenced and the lyrical, abstract. He’s
Just before the Conner McCloud lopped off the bad guys’ head at the end of The Highlander he managed to grunt, “there can be only
I admit I was one of those people who didn’t “get” Beck when he first appeared on the scene in the early ‘90s. I
If it breaks no new aesthetic or structural ground, 'Take Care of My Cat' is honest and tender, remarkably specific about girls' experiences.
As familiar as this story sounds (and is), Ace is hardly your usual somebody.
The best surprise of 'Ghost Ship' is that it's surprisingly good, spooky, fun, and stylish.
Paul Schrader's 'Auto Focus' is, as its title suggests, about self-interest and -obsession.
Wednesday, October 23 2002
The Windmills are one of a plethora of British pop bands who have the melodies and harmonies needed to break into the spotlight, but for
Listeners who know Alan Lomax’s 1935 Bahamian field recordings, or the rhyming spirituals of Bahamian roots artists like the Pinder Family and Joseph Spence (whose