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Wednesday, July 24 2002

Various Artists: The Pledge of Allegiance Tour

The Pledge of Allegiance Tour CD is one of the worst album releases of 2002, and is one of the worst live albums I have ever

Butch Walker: Left of Self-Centered

Butch Walker is a funny guy. He has his hand in many cookie jars, whether it be as a rock star (okay, a one hit

Sonic Youth: Murray Street

Where the canonical Daydream Nation took aggressive trips into technical experimentation with clenched teeth and closed fists, Murray Street seems more interested in lighting up, putting the vibe in cruise control, and storytelling from the lighter fringe of the band’s sprawling creative geography

Christos Rafalides: Manhattan Vibes

One of last year’s highlights was a Latin jazz session from bassist John Benitez. Descarga in New York was a mixture of modernist funk

Nashville Pussy: Say Something Nasty

Music, by nature, is uncivilized. And the most uncivilized creature in the great, wide world of music is rock ‘n’ roll. It’s been that

Dennis Kamakahi: Ohana

There’s the family he grew up with in Honolulu, particularly his father and the sessions on the porch when relatives and friends gathered each

Carly Hennessy: Ultimate High

It appears that the demand for candy-pop musicians may never go out of style, unfortunately, as evidenced by Britney Spears making the top of Forbes’

John Lee Hooker: The Real Folk Blues/More Real Folk Blues

Although he passed away last year, blues legend John Lee Hooker is still a source of inspiration for many blues, pop, and rock newcomers. Along

East River Pipe: Shining Hours in a Can

Slide Shining Hours in a Can into your CD player and fill your room with a jangly independent pop of understated sweetness that’s hard

black tape for a blue girl: The Scavenger Bride

You’re sitting in a dimly lit, prototypically European pub, located in Prague sometime in the middle of the 20th century. An old man is


Bayard, Designer/Publisher: Dan Peyton, review by Phoebe Kate Foster -- That quality of raw honesty may set your teeth on edge or it may speak to your soul. It may infuriate you or give you a hearty laugh or bring tears to your eyes. You may throw 'Happy' across the room occasionally -- but more than likely, you'll retrieve it and go on reading.

Tool + Tomahawk

Tool Tomahawk The first time I saw Mike Patton live, eleven years ago with Faith No More, he flopped around like a fish onstage, wiggling


“We’re a bunch of old farts from North Carolina.” That’s how veteran indie rockers Superchunk described themselves to an audience comprised mainly of

Poison + Cinderella + Winger + Faster Pussycat

Poison S E T    L I S T PoisonLook What the Cat Dragged InRide the WindSqueeze BoxI Want Action(guitar solo)Emperor’s

More Than Music Festival: The Flying Luttenbachers, Rah Bras, Bratmobile, and others

The Flying Luttenbachers Rah Bras “More Than Music 10 casts the net wider to reach out across different genres and scenes in order to forge links

Joi + Res + Raphael Saadiq + Cody Chesnutt

ETTA JAMES14 July 2002: BB King’s Blues Club & Grille — New York by Kandia Crazy Horse Joi Res Flight to Amazonia (Slight Return) Saturday in

The Dirtbombs + The Detroit Cobras

The Dirtbombs The Detroit Cobras Co-headlining a two-night stand at the Bowery Ballroom in Manhattan, the Detroit Cobras and the Dirtbombs are part of the

Dave Alvin and the Guilty Men

Dave AlvinPhoto credit: Stephen Smith Only in Madison would you find a dive bar with a grilled portabella sandwich on the menu. This is what

Shakey: Neil Young’s Biography by Jimmy McDonough

Nearly half of Shakey's 738 pages of text are devoted to the 1970s, and while some readers may find McDonough's attention to detail frustrating, fans of Young's music will be fascinated with the account of Young's most productive decade, from Everybody Knows This is Nowhere to Rust Never Sleeps.

Staying Alive: real poems for unreal times by Neil Astley (editor)

This new anthology from Bloodaxe is a marvel of editorial skill and taste, offering 500 modern poems by diverse writers as a demonstration of the efficacy of poetry in the modern world.

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