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Wednesday, April 24 2002

Giant Sand

Exhaustion. Dehydration. Phantom hangovers—you’ve hardly had anything to drink, but the suggestion that the next day should bring illness actually brings on headache

Engine Down

Lead singer Keeley Davis has decided that this would be a good time to lighten things up a bit. “Hey,” he says, tapping the microphone

Audiotistic: Mos Def + Talib Kweli + The Roots + Outkast

Audiotistic isn't/wasn't meant to be purely hip-hop, though. Billed as the Future Sound Festival in Southern Cali, it's typically been a cutting edge sort of venue with electronica and house at the center of its agenda.

Tuesday, April 23 2002

Jody Williams: Return of a Legend

Jody Williams. Now, that name might ring a bell, but this is not the same Jody Williams, the lady who won the Nobel Peace Prize

Eleni Mandell: Snakebite

Eleni Mandell has a voice like an eel, like a minx, all litheness and elegance overlaying scarcely concealed danger. She is a girl with a

Luna: Romantica

Despite that I’m a great admirer of guitar-based pop music, I’ve always found dream-pop and shoegazing and the like to be a bit,

Electrelane: Rock It to the Moon

Electrelane is cool. With its laid-back approach and growling instrumental anthems, Electrelane is all mood and attitude. From the dark “Gabriel” to the ragged dance

Kasey Chambers: Barricades & Brickwalls

Although it appears that Australian native Kasey Chambers has just come on the radar of up-and-coming musicians, she’s been around far longer than anyone

The Bottle Rockets: Songs of Sahm

“No LSD, just rocking Texas music, the best stuff in the land”—Doug Sahm, “Floatway” To really enjoy Songs of Sahm, you have to forget

Beautiful Creatures: self-titled

Once upon a time, in an era when hairspray, spandex and limited musical ability were the pre-requisites to getting a record deal in L.A.,

Monday, April 22 2002

Various Artists: You Don’t Need Darkness to Do What You Think Is Right

Compilation albums are inevitably hit-and-miss affairs. We’ve all had the experience of programming our CD players to construct a playlist highlighting the standout tracks

Otis Taylor: Respect the Dead

The eerie command to Respect the Dead spelled out in blackmailer’s lettering advises the prospective listener that this record will be a challenge. Otis

Rush: Chronicles: The DVD Collection

What’s in a name, indeed? Probably no rock band has lived up its name quite like Rush. And probably no song captures the amusement

Parallax Project: Oblivious

Way back in 1999, Cherry Twister’s brand of breezy power-pop was a big hit with critics and listeners alike. Now that their highly melodic pop

Pedro the Lion: Control

By now, issues of Dave Bazan’s faith should really be beyond discussion—yeah, he’s a Christian. Yeah, sometimes he sings about it. However,

Ramsey Lewis: The Best of Ramsey Lewis

The Ramsey Lewis trio always included a light song in their repertoire that could hook a crowd of largely non-jazz listeners, including a jazz version

Black Eyed Dog: Distance Inbetween

Black Eyed Dog hail from Asheville, North Carolina and have a sound that has “been described as somewhere between the pop savvy of Big Star

Sunday, April 21 2002

Uncle Tupelo: Uncle Tupelo 89/93:  Anthology

The story of Uncle Tupelo is, well, legendary. In the mid-1980s, high school friends Jay Farrar (guitar), Jeff Tweedy (bass), and Mike Heidorn (drums)

Josh Clayton-Felt: Spirit Touches Ground

Were it not for the dedication of fans, musicians, and a few brave souls at Dreamworks Records, you would never have had the chance to

Candy Butchers: Play with Your Head

What's missing in so much of modern music is the type of craftsmanship that Mike Viola (who in essence IS the Candy Butchers) brings to his songwriting.

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