Monday, July 15 2002
It’s never easy to criticize a benefit concert or album, especially when there is a truly compassionate cause. If I were to strike down
It’s not been an easy road for Seattle band Fairgrove. After they dropped an extremely promising debut EP in early 2000, In Defense of the
Having listened to Fiver’s newest release Here It Comes a number of times now, I can only say that I must be missing out
The Chicago Underground is a shape-shifting collective whose members play in various size ensembles. At the core of the group is the Duo, comprised of
Gather ‘round, young’uns, and heark to the tale I tell. It’s not a tall tale, nor yet a long one—it’s a
The Contrast offers up a lot with this ambitious first major release Mystery #1, only now getting North American distribution, two years after its original UK
Yes, them. The ones who did “Take on Me.” If you really stretch your memory, you might recall that they’re also the ones who
Friday, July 12 2002
Fortunately, the film doesn't take itself or the three leaders of the independence movement too seriously.
There's probably something to be said here about guys and competition and pointy weapons.
Whereas most teen films collapse into a mindless sequence of witless one-liners and antiquated sight gags, Real Genius remains effervescent and engaging.
The perfectly grim surface evokes eons of pain, as well as a highly stylized contemporary sensibility, not so much cynical as skeptical and self-aware.
There is one huge difference between Mikami and Buffy -- Mikami is strictly in it for the cash, possessed of an all-consuming greed that makes for real comedy . . .
Gangster No. 1's style and plot are stale.
Thursday, July 11 2002
Fields and Streams, the newest compilation album from Olympia, Washington’s Kill Rock Stars label, is overwhelming: New tracks by 45 indie artists, about two and
Forget about the Psychedelic Furs. The history of 1980s music has largely been written, and the Furs are minor characters, at best. They weren’t
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
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 is quite possibly the sweetest band in the whole world. Wait! Don’t write that last sentence off as a wholly rotten
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
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