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Friday, July 14 2000

King’s X

There have been very few times in my life where I have been completely bowled over by a band's sound, music so special that it seemingly knocked you out of your seat.

Wednesday, July 12 2000

Mice Parade: Collaborations

Mice Parade: the name suggests something both tiny and spectacular.

Monday, July 10 2000

Stir Fried: Last of the Blue Diamond Miners

There’s nothing wrong with playing “spot the influence” while listening to new music. Pop has not had any truly original music since Liverpool’s

Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes: Live at the Paradise Theater, Boston, MA 12.23.78

Products of the same New Jersey shore scene that gave the world Bruce Springsteen, Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes were one of the first

Pinebender: Things Are About to Get Weird

It was night, around 11:30 p.m. The color of the sky was somewhere between dark blue and black and you could hear the faint hum

Dogstar: Happy Ending

I have an angel on one shoulder and a devil on the other. The angel says, “You must retain some ethics and objectivity when reviewing

Deckard: Stereodreamscene

On first listen, Deckard would seem to be just another one of the interchangeable, non-offensive, just-sensitive-enough modern rock bands that always seem to be ever-present,

The Atlanta Rhythm Section: Live at the Savoy, New York October 27, 1981

Ever wondered what it would have been like to be front row at a Led Zeppelin concert in 1973 or close enough to reach out and

Saturday, July 8 2000

The Indigo Girls (with Spearhead and Rose Pelanzaro)

There’s no denying the fact that there is almost always something magical in the air during a concert at Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrisson,

Monday, July 3 2000

Edwin: Another Spin Around the Sun

Edwin’s debut solo offering, Another Spin Around the Sun, represents a golden opportunity for the artist to blaze his own trail, his way. A

The Carter Family: Can the Circle Be Unbroken

Seminal music always seems to come at intersections—the vertices where separate forces meet and create something original. Sometimes the forces keep it light. Like

Monday, June 26 2000

Nina Gordon: Tonight and the Rest of My Life

From the first twangy notes of “Now I Can Die,” it’s obvious that Nina Gordon wants to shed the bubblegum-noise image she earned during

Candy Ass: Orgy

At first, it looks like Candy Ass is an all female group because they’ve hidden their boy drummer, Eric Cock, on the inside of

Carla Bley / Steve Swallow: Are We There Yet?

Are We There Yet? is the third collection of duets performed by pianist Carla Bley and bassist Steve Swallow, following Duets (1988) and Go Together (1992). Aside

Louis Armstrong: Satch Plays Fats / Ambassador Satch / Satchmo the Great

To celebrate Armstrong’s 100th birthday, Legacy has released three of his classic recordings from the mid-1950s. In August, Legacy will also release, to

Richard Ashcroft: Alone with Everybody

Although the prospect of Richard Ashcroft kicking the ass of Marshall Mathers is a scenario too bizarre even for MTV’s truly appalling Celebrity Death

Saturday, June 24 2000

Ian Brown: 25 Jun 2000: Bowery Ballroom — New York

Although John Squire might disagree - that there is life after the Stone Roses.

Tuesday, June 20 2000

The White Stripes: De Stijl

The White Stripes pony up the goods once again and these “modern white blues” taste like five different flavors of splendid, their kingdom may well come.

Steve Earle: Transcendental Blues

Steve Earle, once all but given up for dead, metaphorically if not literally, has been riding a white hot hand since returning from the long dark night of drug addiction and musical oblivion.

Monday, June 19 2000

Various Artists: Frikyiwa Collection 1 / Latin Travels

For a number of years the Six Degrees label has done much to advance awareness of global electronica, which blends traditional world music (apparently defined

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