Monday, August 20 2001
While popular music may be an important cultural force, no rock band has saved the world. Even groups who incorporate socially conscious messages into their
One of the mysteries, among many, about the Reagan-Thatcher years is why anyone thought that a certain cheap synth sound was a good idea. You
The Shams have a lot going for them on the surface—namely, a sense of style that cannot be denied. The cover of the group’
I often imagine Quasi to be the best sort of side project, one that allows a certain freedom that the more self-conscious main gig may
The liner notes of Quasi’s fifth album begin with a lengthy screed about an unspecified primate named Omar. Sam Coomes, who writes the duo’
I was dreading writing this review, dreading it. Like many other people, I’ve been at a loss for words since the World Trade Center
The Blue Notes got their start in 1954 as a Philadelphia-based doo-wop act fronted by vocalist Harold Melvin. Two years later the group signed their first
He is without question the crown-prince of the Neo-Soul movement. Blessed with bohemian good-looks, with the requisite wild hair and an enigmatic and self deprecating
Defining a band’s sound is a tricky, complicated area. My usual first instinct, when the subject comes up, is to dismiss the idea entirely,
When a band’s record label touts a band as “cohesive”, you can be pretty sure they’re covering something up. In the case of
In a sense, Lupine Howl are in something of a no-win situation since they have the albatross of Spiritualized around their necks.
There are plenty of artists out there with spiritual leanings, but very few willing to deal with God—with a capital ‘G’.
I wonder how many of the one million people who bought Forest Flower back in the hippy era will check this release out. Probably precious
Eternal, the most recent release by the famed Isley Brothers, is easily one of their strongest since their classic “3+3” era. Almost four decades before “Mr.
The release of His Name Is Alive’s new album was held up, according to the 4AD website, by “near legendary” problems with the cover.
If Dave Holland ever tires of being mentioned only as the young English bass-player recruited by Miles Davis in the late ‘60s, then he does
For all the bad press the rave community has gotten over the years, very few cases rival the sensational shut-down of the Buzz club in
I can’t imagine why this has taken 12 years to surface but the current fondness for Latin music won’t hurt its sales. In fact
If the music industry were like an episode of the original Star Trek, Holly Golightly would be the goateed evil doppelganger of Julee Cruise. Or,
The group that Miles Davis brought to the Fillmore Auditorium on March 6 and 7, 1970, the so-called “lost quintet”, was a loud and fierce avant-garde jazz/rock