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Wednesday, April 17 2002

Craving Theo: self-titled

How to become a corporate rock star, in six easy steps: Think of a name that will stick in people’s heads, no matter how

Badly Drawn Boy: About a Boy (Original Soundtrack)

Badly Drawn Boy’s Mercury Prize-winning album The Hour of Bewilderbeast, despite its many merits, was very nearly derailed by the pretensions of the Erratically

The Boris Flats: ‘Dinlo’ The Original Soundtrack

If there’s any reason at all to have music critics or journalists or radio stations, then that reason is (or certainly should be) to

Marc Anthony: Libre

Let’s face it: after the multi-platinum success of his self-titled 1999 English-language breakthrough, Nuyorican crooner Marc Anthony has little to prove. Everyone knows the guy

The Vines

For start, this gig was meant to be at the cozy sweatbox of the Camden Monarch nearly a month ago. People who had heard the


What happened to swagger? Though I’ve grown to expect more complexity and emotional honesty out of rock stars, rock ‘n’ roll is one more

Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros

I had a dream about St. Ann’s Warehouse—it picks up just at the end of the April 6 Joe Strummer gig (the final night

The Shiners

S E T    L I S T Crow HollerCircle SongWhere Did My Legs Go?Ode to Billy JoeLookout Mountain GalPlowmanElvis Sings to JesusConjuremanLos

The Eels

Reclusive Eels Frontman Finally Leaves House, Brings Guitars With Him It’s doubtful that Mark Everett had any idea what the song “Fittin’ in with


In 39 minutes, the world is going to end. We are all waiting for that end to begin. There’s a sickness in the air, like

Beta Band

The guy in the yellow shirt (“Reconstruction Continues . . .,” his shoulder blades informed) didn’t seem to notice how close the crowd was packed, how smoky

Tuesday, April 16 2002

Sloan: Pretty Together

The Canadian quartet Sloan has always fashioned itself after the democracy within the Beatles. In both bands, all four distinct members contribute to the songwriting.

Josh Ritter: Golden Age of Radio

“After Bob Dylan took his guitar case on the road to New York . . . he inspired an earnest army of guitar poets who took a dubious

Tony Perez: From Enchantment and Timba to Full Force Jazz

Although it is not easy to stand out in the crowded Latin jazz market, Tony Perez has some distinct advantages. His instrument is the piano

Dan the Automator: Wanna Buy a Monkey?

Seeing the spine of a CD with Dan the Automator’s name on it is somewhat akin to finding a copy of Hamlet credited to

Bob Brozman & René Lacaille: Digdig

Without a doubt, Digdig is a record of nearly irresistible charms, and the good feeling contained in the music is more than infectious, it’s

Alkaline Trio / Hot Water Music: self-titled

It all depends on how you’re going to like this split EP by Chicago favorites Alkaline Trio and Gainesville, Florida’s Hot Water Music.

Gary Allan: Alright Guy

Gary Allan has built his career by being a commercially successful yet left-of-centre country artist, and as the genre recovers from an unpleasant onslaught of

Thursday, April 11 2002

Various Artists: Punch Drunk III

Shortly after the September attacks on the World Trade Center, an incident occurred within the punk underground community that illustrates an unsettling hesitancy among purveyors

Various Artists: A Tribute to Robert Altman’s Nashville

“Let me point out two things. Number One: All of us are deeply involved with politics whether we know it or not and whether we

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