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Saturday, December 31 1994

Radiation Kings: The Early Years

Third wave ska’s greatest blessing is its death. Driven off the best-seller racks at Best Buy and into the underground, only the devout remain.

    Refused: New Noise Theology EP

Two years ago my life was changed in about 50 minutes. The Swedish nation had imported into our country the sounds and energy of a rock

Rich Creamy Paint

I made the worst mix tapes during my senior year of high school. No structure and no continuity at all. I’d pick 12 or 15 songs,

Replikants: Slickaphonics

I haven’t heard the first Replikants album. I’m afraid to do so, since this new one definitely screwed with my head. The Replikants,

Red Star Belgrade: Telescope

It’s hard to beat the opening line’s of Red Star Belgrade’s new release: “You’re so mighty and so high / I couldn’

The Rooks: A Wishing Well

This recording should be appreciated for what it is, a deeply personal scrapbook of sentiments set to complex melody and harmony.

    Ted Roddy with The Tearjoint Troubadors: Tear Time

He’s been crisscrossing Texas, hustling gigs in beerjoints and ballrooms from Corpus Christi to Lubbock, dancehalls and roadhouses from Ft. Worth to San Antone,

    Rambient: Hurricane

The first single off So Many Worlds, “Hurricane”, appears here with several reworkings and spiffed up edits. Rambient, the group behind this tune, consists of

    Tom Russell: Borderland

As Tom Russell sees it, there are two types of borders: geographical and personal. The former is an arbitrary line on a map that divides

    Rainbow: The Best of Rainbow: 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection

Rainbow’s founder Ritchie Blackmore is perhaps best known these days for two rather dubious achievements: he wrote the most pedestrian—and most memorable—guitar

Retriever, Greatest Moments Of Doubt

Not your typical Orange County pop-punk band, Retriever drench their tunes in layers of distortion, while never losing their strong sense of melody. Frontman Kevin


Rialto’s self-titled debut picks up where Pulp’s 1996 classic Different Class left off—offering glam-influenced Britpop and vivid lyrics presenting snapshots of 1990s lower-middle

Steve Roach: Light Fantastic

Steve Roach seems to be a very eccentric person. Not only does he have dozens (literally) of albums, but they’re all significantly different. He

Royal Trux: Pound For Pound

Hagerty and Herrema’s latest tour de force (and their ninth full-length), Pound For Pound bursts at the seams with fuzz and grit and cigarette

Rites of Spring: End on End

What really defines a generation? Is it the politics of the day? Is it the pop icons clad on the covers of entertainment rags? Is

Bill Retoff: Reanimation

Competition for attention as an artist is fierce. Artists send out promos, press kits and letters screaming about the significance of what lies in their

Ray Paul: The Charles Beat

When The Knack hit #1 with “My Sharona” in the late ‘70s/early ‘80s, it was a really exciting time for a lot of bands skilled

    Phil Ranelin: Vibes from the Tribe / The Time Is Now!

Two good reissues here. Try this for size—hard hitting free jazz, a touch of psychedelia, world music flourishes, funk basslines, Mothers of Invention vocals,

Rialto: Night on Earth

Night on Earth may be Rialto’s sophomore effort, but, in truth, the movers behind this British band have been involved in the Brit-pop music

rhBand, First Tone

With effects in full force, rhBand brings us their third album, First Tone. It comes at just about the time we’ve all become a

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