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Thursday, July 11 2002

Judas Priest: Ram It Down / Painkiller

It’s 1988, and you’re Judas Priest. Your last studio album, Turbo, was a big commercial success, although longtime fans deem it a betrayal of


Keith Jarrett: Selected Recordings: Rarum III

It’s hardly surprising that Keith Jarrett’s contribution to ECM’s Rarum series of selected recordings chosen by the artist should be a two-disc


Death by Chocolate: Zap the World

Death by Chocolate is quite possibly the sweetest band in the whole world. Wait! Don’t write that last sentence off as a wholly rotten


Cinematic Orchestra: Every Day

I have been trying very hard not to like this album. Both the broadsheets and the rock press seem to have latched on to it


Dave Alvin and the Guilty Men: Out in California

Here’s how it kind of begins: “Ladies and gentlemen, you’re in for a treat. Put your hands together for Dave Alvin and the


Wednesday, July 10 2002

Prefuse 73: The ‘92 vs ‘02 Collection

The ‘92 vs ‘02 Collection is Prefuse 73 at his best sewing together hip-hop and ambient techno while creating a sound positively his own.


The Mars Volta: Tremulant

I was not among the mourners the day that At the Drive-In called it quits. True, I had been looking forward to their imminent Chicago


Mistle Thrush: Drunk With You

So what the hell is “goth” music, anyhow? Once upon a time, in a fabled era when men wore skin-tight jeans and as much hair


John Forté: I, John

After receiving a copy of John Forté‘s latest release, I John, I must admit that I was not particularly optimistic. After recent disappointing releases


Chick Corea: Selected Recordings: Rarum III

Chick Corea has been involved with an incredible variety of musical projects throughout his career, a point that was brought home with incredible force last


Ash: Free All Angels

It’s amazing that Ash have lasted longer than a couple years. It’s been six years since the Irish band (then a trio) of


Born in the Trash

The first pages of the book are of Christ being crucified and throughout the book images of Christ are shown to parallel Juan Solo's struggles.


To Be Kurt, Not Short: A Three-Part Interview with Kurt Busiek

Kurt speaks with A. David Lewis about his relationship with Marvel Comics, the difference between history and continuity, and what 'truly' matters to the readers.


Mary Timony

Bewitched It’s been a curious evolution for Mary Timony. After fronting Helium in the mid-‘90s, she walked away from a career being labeled


Chris Robinson

S E T    L I S T Silver CarSafe in the Arms of LoveI Got a WomanUntangle My MindLast of the Old Time


The Naysayer + Tara Jane O’Neil + Dan Littleton

The Naysayer Ah, New York. The grit, the glam, the guitars. Rawk is as alive as ever, and our proud metropolis is once again a


Jucifer

I wasn’t thoroughly bowled over by Jucifer’s new CD, I Name You Destroyer, and when I went to cover the Georgia band’s


Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey

When asked about the innovative collaboration between Ornette Coleman and Don Cherry, John Lewis, the Modern Jazz Quartet pianist, reputedly responded, “I don’t know


Elvis Costello & the Imposters

S E T    L I S T 45Waiting For the End of the WorldWatching the DetectivesSpooky Girlfriend(I Don’t Want to Go


Elvis Costello & the Imposters

What a flashback. By the middle of the first song of this show, I realized that I had occupied the same seat in the same


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