Friday, June 29 2001
. They eschew attention, yet they're media darlings. Reactions to their recent recordings are anything but lukewarm, yet they refuse to explain themselves. They transform studio-centric creations into live songs that are both towering and incandescent, yet they tour infrequently.
Wednesday, June 27 2001
Tribute records trade on our respect for the artists they supposedly pay tribute to, and bet that we’ll pay good money for an album
Well here we are again with another pop-punk band that is poised with axes in hand and a sizable fan base to back them up.
I used to call it the Chapel Hill work ethic. Certain Southern bands of the early nineties-Superchunk, Archers of Loaf, Small (23), and the like seemed
Let me take a few moments here to describe the packaging of this EP. It doesn’t come in a jewel box, but in a
One reason nouveau traditional genres like roots rock or twang arise is to offer new expressive tropes when the old ones wear out. Rock and
Tuesday, June 26 2001
the dubious distinction of 'supergroup'. Yet they're all still anonymous enough that you don't get the pretension that is usually attached to anything 'super'.
Eliane Elias is one of those musicians who have tended to slip through the critical net and therefore she receives less than her share of
Monday, June 25 2001
It’s 2001 and what better time for the kind of space (rock) oddities collected on Fluorescent Tunnelvision? This new Mother West/Submergence compilation charts the
If you’re a club-hopper you’ll know chart hits like Dido’s not-so-bad “Thank You” presented here in a “deep dish vocal remix.” This
It used to be Trip-Hop now it’s Downtempo. A better name, I think, if a little unspecific. Anyhow, this is as good an example
Am I the only one who allows himself to think outside the box.? —Dale Gribble, King of the Hill Though neo-soul and its various incarnations
There is always a particular risk involved in attempting to fuse two distinct musical genres. Apart from artistic difficulties, which are often overwhelming, there is
Parker and Lilly are a dream pop band formed in New York early last year. Vocalist Parker Noon sings in the breathy trademark of that
And then there are the bands that just have it. Maybe the music is a groovy little gimmick that overwhelms your body like an electric
Oh where to begin here? Admittedly, I’m not at all a country music fan. I don’t flat out dislike the genre, as my
Mountain Soul is not a career-revival strategy but a homecoming for Patty Loveless.
In the aftermath of Jill Scott’s surprising breakthrough last year and in what is year four of the Badu evolution, there have been several
There is something strangely disconcerting about witnessing the monkey’s wedding of modern rock’s incestuous breeding. The last couple of years have thrown out
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