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Wednesday, April 10 2002

Radio 4: Gotham!

Having grown jaded by what had become the definitive portrait of the indie/math rock aesthetic throughout the 1990s—a sulking, shiftless-when-idle mentality juxtaposed with


Genya Ravan: For Fans Only

Flash! To any and all who ever wished they had experienced the best of late ‘70s punk-rock-new wave, and especially if you have, you gotta


Pat Metheny Group: Speaking of Now

Speaking of Now disappoints. It disappoints because at first it seems so promising. On the first two tracks, “As It Is” and “Proof”, the Pat


Patti Labelle: Greatest Love Songs

Though everyone acknowledges the fact that Patti Labelle possesses one of the most powerful and expressive voices in popular music, she remains best known for


Steve Earle: Guitar Town (Expanded Edition)

Without this brilliant effort, none of the others would’ve been possible. A modern classic.


Sean Altman: alt.mania

Years of experience singing a cappella have brought a feast of harmonic delights that grace the songs on this new and spectacularly melodic collection from


The White Stripes: 3 April 2002 - Boston

The White Stripes are the real deal. No bass guitar, no samples, no click tracks, no "exploratory jams" -- just monster tunes, earth-shaking guitar, a telepathically intuitive drummer, and a vocal delivery that can evoke Iggy Pop as easily as Gene Vincent.


Rinôçérôse + Soviet

This was one of the most oddly-billed shows I have witnessed in quite some time. Allow me to explain myself. For the opening band we


Phantom Planet

“Holy shit!” are the first spoken words out of Phantom Planet’s lead singer Alex Greenwald’s mouth when he takes in the roar of


Diana Krall

This past December, former Downbeat associate editor and part time pundit for the JazzTimes Nat Hentoff pontificated that Jane Monheit and Diana Krall—two of


Holly Golightly

Divadom was the order of the night at the Magic Stick in Detroit, Michigan last Friday. From the put-upon bartenders, to the heavily made-up party


The Faint + Interpol + The Lust

The Faint Are Anything But It was a night of surprises, of embarrassing schlock and unexpected glee. But more on that later. The evening’s


Tuesday, April 9 2002

The Plus Ones: It’s a Calling

Power pop as a genre has changed little during its existence. It can be traced from the Beatles, down through Cheap Trick, Matthew Sweet, the


Haven: Between the Senses

Let’s not jump to conclusions, however: Between the Senses is hardly a record of “Say Something"s; it sometimes seems as if the remainder


Wes Cunningham: Pollyanna

If a tree falls in a forest and there’s no one there to hear it, does it make a sound? If the tremendously talented


Larry Carlton: Deep Into It

I take it Larry Carlton is not somebody who gets tired of people still associating him with the Crusaders. He was with them for less


Brick Layer Cake: Whatchamacallit

Brick Layer Cake:Todd Trainer—GuitarsTodd Trainer—DrumsTodd Trainer—Vocals As the above caption humbly states in the accompanying press release, Shellac drummer Todd Trainer


Aerosmith: Pump

After having accomplished the goal of getting back on the rock/pop radar with its previous album, Aerosmith decided the Great White North, particularly Vancouver,


ABC: The Lexicon of Love

Few periods in music are viewed with the contempt that is held for the early ‘80s. We witnessed the death of disco and punk. New


Monday, April 8 2002

Carole King: Love Makes the World

As with any record, how it is received often depends on the listener’s expectations. To get this out of the way right now, this


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