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Monday, June 18 2001

    Luther Vandross: self-titled

TThanks to comedian Steve Harvey and a host of other folks, most of America is familiar with the name “Loofuh”, the one-name nickname of vocalist

    The Shins: Oh, Inverted World

Time to bemoan the current state of indie rock again. One of the major problems of the genre today is that it is entirely too

    Slicker: The Latest

Okay, here’s the deal. Slicker is the alter ego of John Hughes III. Hughes is also the head of Hefty records and, yes, his

    Stone Temple Pilots: Shangri La Dee Da

What happens when you take four band members, put them up in an idyllic beach house, and film their every move? Well yes, you do

    Ministry: Greatest Fits

“From the project’s start in mid-2000, Greatest Fits has taken one year to execute. This makes it the quickest-ever Ministry LP!!!” —Warner Brother’s

    Edwin McCain: Far From Over

Of the handful of mid-Nineties pop/rock acts snatched out of South Carolina by the majors in the wake of Hootie-mania, Edwin McCain is virtually

Iffy: Biota Bondo

Here’s what happens when a buncha nifty punk-rock stoners put a glide in their stride, a dip in their hip, and step on to

Gorillaz: self-titled

GGorillaz are, for all good intents and purposes, an animated band. When I say animated, I don’t mean they wave they’re arms around

Dry Kill Logic: The Darker Side of Nonsense

The garishly decorated liner notes to Dry Kill Logic’s first Roadrunner release (their first two albums, as Hinge, were released on their own Psychodrama

D12: Devil’s Night

Ever since Eminem was introduced into the mainstream, he has caused controversy with his lyrics. Be it writing a song about killing his wife, a

Chicago Underground Quartet: self-titled

Start with Chicago trumpeter/electronician Rob Mazurek. He’s cool; he’s played on albums by Tortoise and Stereolab and Isotope 217 and all those cool

Burning Spear: The Ultimate Collection

More than a quarter century after achieving his first major success with the 1975 album Marcus Garvey, Winston Rodney—better known as Burning Spear—remains one

Betty Already: Amerimaniacs

I wish Betty Already’s Amerimaniacs were as funny or interesting as the band would like me to believe. Instead, it just sounds like obnoxious

Michael Brecker: Nearness of You—The Ballad Book

Why is it that some talented people strive to do the opposite of what, to them, comes naturally? Ask many comic geniuses what they’d

Thursday, June 14 2001

Built To Spill

Built To Spill Tunes Up (Again and Again) Sometimes you’re too good for your own good. That’s not something that many fans of

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


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

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