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Thursday, August 15 2002

Darius Rucker: Back to Then

“Dedication: to my wife and kids . . . and to Christopher Wallace (The Notorious B.I.G.) for bringing me back.”—Darius Rucker According to Darius Rucker,


Playgroup: DJ Kicks

Trevor Jackson has been buzzing the periphery of funky music since the late ‘80s, when he kick-started his feckless career by designing record sleeves for


Orbital: Work 1989-2002

Phil and Paul Hartnoll pieced together their classic electronic single “Chime” on their father’s broken tape recorder back in 1989. The conventional wisdom is that


Juliana Hatfield: Gold Stars: The Juliana Hatfield Collection 1992-2002

Just to get this right out of the way from the start, one of my true “rock star” moments was when, for a few months,


Deerhoof: Reveille

Deerhoof are scary. What they have done on their latest release, Reveille, is reimagine the “Dies Irae” as populated by little furry things.


The Bigger Lovers: Honey in the Hive

A few months ago, I was all ready to foist “Power Pop Record of the Year” honors on a little band out of Portland, Oregon


Bobby Bare, Jr.: Young Criminals’ Starvation League

Bobby Bare, Jr.‘s new solo album, Young Criminals’ Starvation League, marks a bit of a departure from the Southern Rock sound of his band


Songs From the Second Floor (Sånger från andra våningen) (2002)

Songs From the Second Floor may be blasphemous in its relentless tweaking of Christianity, but it is never less than sincere about its search for divine intercession.


Read My Lips (Sur Mes Lèvres) (2001)

Carla and Paul form an odd couple, slouching towards romance while successfully defending (and defining) their common interests against powerful and dangerous people.


Possession (2002)

While the plot of Possession concerns yearning and fervor, its tone is provocatively detached.


The Kid Stays in the Picture (2002) - PopMatters Film Review )

What Robert Evans does, mostly, is him.


Happy Times (Xingfu Shiguang) (2000)

Explores the many costs of 'modern times'.


Blue Crush (2002)

Big fat super-popular boy power movies don't rely on plot, so it probably makes sense that this pulse-pounding girl power movie doesn't either (and like most boy movies, this one is about a stunningly beautiful white protagonist surrounded by a multi-culti crew).


Wednesday, August 14 2002

Tweet: Southern Hummingbird

If there were a show on UPN to catalog the recent trend in the world of R&B, it would be called the Making


The Microphones: Song Islands

Usually when anyone uses the word “noise” to describe a band, I nervously clutch my beer and steel myself for the onslaught of what is


The High Violets: 44 Down

What is old is new again, goes the adage. In popular culture, what is old never remains that way. Nostalgia for past eras not only


Cary Hudson: The Phoenix

No stranger to the music industry, former Blue Mountain singer and songwriter Cary Hudson is out to prove he can stand on his own. The


Glassjaw: Worship and Tribute

When I first received Glassjaw’s second album, Worship and Tribute, I tried giving it a sample listen every once in a while, but whenever


General Store: Local Honey

One would have expected different things from the son of Elton John’s longtime guitarist. Something more in line with Status Quo or Queen would


Johnny Cash: Johnny Cash at Madison Garden

An Unbroken Circle While listening to Johnny Cash at Madison Square Garden, I began comparing it not to Cash’s other live records, which stand


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