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Thursday, August 29 2002

My Favorite: The Kids Are All Wrong

With retro posturing running especially rampant in the rock underground, Long Island’s criminally overlooked My Favorite provides a fresh antidote to such fashion-over-function flybys.

Interpol: Turn on the Bright Lights

Turn on the Bright Lights is the album modern followers of post-punk have been waiting for. It is the album that makes all the hub-bub about the New York City music scene of late seem justified.

The Flaming Lips: Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots

I had finally had enough of the jewel cases cluttering my room. So right before I moved away for college, I invested in a multi-disc

Wednesday, August 28 2002

Victoria Williams: Sings Some Ol’ Songs

When Victoria Williams was growing up in Louisiana, she would often visit her grandmother. An old radio in the house played classic songs by Irving

Soviet: We Are Eyes, We Are Builders

You gotta feel bad for any artist with the unfortunate fate of being labeled “electroclash”. First, its ‘80s predecessors, who rode the Wave when it

Luke Slater: Alright on Top

When musical genres start running out of steam, they begin to cannibalize their past. This is what rock has been doing now for over a

Pan American: The River Made No Sound

Mark Nelson’s third release as Pan American, The River Made No Sound is, aside from its artistic worth, a subtle and charismatic amalgamation of

Nightmares on Wax: Mind Elevation

Music and drug culture have been known to go hand in hand from the beginning. From the reports of Ecstasy and Special K use at

Here Comes Everybody: Astronauts

Aside from the mellowed-out cover of Gary Numan’s “Are ‘Friends’ Electric?” on There Goes Everybody’s Astronauts, there’s not a whole lot to

Marianne Faithfull: Kissin’ Time

“I am a muse, not a mistress, not a whore,” sings Marianne Faithfull on her new album Kissin’ Time. Strong, smart words, and sung with

Rob Zombie

Remember when metal was fun? And no, I’m not talking about the easy AquaNet-and-mullet punchline that is 1980s glam rock, which VH1 would have

Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band

S E T    L I S T The RisingLonesome DayProve It All NightThe FuseDarkness on the Edge of TownEmpty SkyYou’re MissingWaitin’ on

Soledad Brothers

Given the garage rock explosion that’s happened over the last 12 months, it seems almost passé to see a band like the Soledad Brothers. Wasn’

Dolly Parton

Before we turn our attention to Dolly Parton’s highly anticipated performance at Chicago’s House of Blues, let’s briefly talk about how a

Maroon 5

Maroon 5Photo credit: Bobby Carmichael S E T    L I S T Through With YouNot Coming HomeThis LoveThe SunShe Will Be LovedHarder to


Voyage to India For the first time in my life, I had the pleasure to visit the land of India. Known for her serene aura

Hot Snakes

It’s almost midnight and we are waiting for hard rocking dynamos, the Hot Snakes, to take the stage of the grand Bowery Ballroom. Thanks

Shed: Poems 1980-2001 by Ken Smith

Smith is a poet of voices, a ventriloquist in writing, drawing on the ancient traditions of balladeers, troubadors, and wandering poets.

Step to the Graveyard Easy by Bill Pronzini

Written with ironic, hard-boiled prose, 'Step to the Graveyard Easy' hearkens back to the soiled elegance of Chandler and Cain.

Outlaw Woman: A Memoir of the War Years 1960-1975 by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

I thought of myself as a revolutionary...I wanted to see women liberated, thinking for ourselves, not just organized into a political constituency....

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