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Wednesday, December 4 2002

Guns N’ Roses

Expect the worst, pray for something decent. That was my mindset going into the Chicago Guns N’ Roses gig this past Monday night, the seventh

Neko Case + Jim and Jennie and the Pinetops + Jesse Sykes and the Sweet Hereafter

S E T    L I S T FavoriteOutro With Bees[untitled new song]Twist the KnifeStinging VelvetPretty GirlsBuckets of RainGhost WiringDeep Red BellsSet

Dan Bern

“If you’re gonna ruin my show, get the fuck out.” Dan Bern stopped midway through his first song, “Hey God”, to direct an astonishingly

One Man’s Bible by Gao Xingjian

Gao himself is a firm believer that word embellishments will not substitute for the truth.

Manhattan Monologues: Stories by Louis Auchincloss

There's depth and a taste that can only be attributed to a well-cultured insight refined within the headiest caskets.

The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

It was a whole lot better when it was called Ghost.

The Introvert Advantage: How to Thrive in an Extrovert World by Marti Olsen Laney, Psy.D.

...what's an introvert to do in such a hostile environment?"

The Future Homemakers of America by Laurie Graham

This is an old and well-worn path.

Tuesday, December 3 2002

Kevin Welch: Millionaire

If there is such a thing as a good penny—you know, the opposite of the bad penny that shows up when you don’t

The Wallflowers: Red Letter Days

After a less than appealing last album, the Wallflowers decided to change things slightly. Gone were the twang guitar riffs of Michael Ward, who left

Noel Sanger: Summerbreeze2

The Miami club scene is one of America’s hottest, but to listen to most critics and DJs talk you’d never know it. For

The Sadies: Stories Often Told

Canadian twangsters, the Sadies, aren’t your typical alt-country act. Their music is steeped in country tradition, all right, but it’s much darker, and

Noahjohn: Water Hymns

Seldom has the excessively used “alt-country” tag felt as appropriate as when applied to Noahjohn’s newest album, Water Hymns. Often, critics employ the term

Amerie: All I Have

I like Amerie. Not that she has much of an image, but she still seems like such a sweet and positive young woman. A Georgetown

The All Golden: A Long Good Friday

This Kent, Ohio group’s latest release is something of an odd wonder. Throughout A Long Good Friday, the All Golden manage to incorporate such

Sunday, December 1 2002

Riddlin’ Kids: Hurry Up and Wait

Call it what you will: punkpop, pop punk, melodic punk, this subgenre has given us an all-out flood of bouncy, happy bands playing bouncy, happy

Kimberley Rew: Great Central Revisited

A pleasant record full of unassuming jangle-pop gems, Kimberley Rew’s Great Central Revisited is a fine offering from one of power-pop’s unsung heroes.

The Posies: Dear 23

When asked to write about my single favourite album of all time, I realized it was one of the hardest questions I’ve ever been

Paul Oakenfold: Bunkka

Music purists, however heartfelt their intentions are, can be annoying. These “fair-weather” fans tend to get upset when their favorite artists want to branch out

Meat Loaf: Bat Out of Hell II: Back Into Hell (Deluxe Edition)

“Every golden nugget coming like a gift of the gods,Someone must have blessed us when he gave us those songs.” —Jim Steinman, “Rock and

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