Tuesday, April 23 2002
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
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
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
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
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
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,
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 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
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)
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
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.
Thursday, April 18 2002
When the word got out late last year that Cassandra Wilson was recording a blues album in an abandoned train station in Clarksdale, Mississippi, expectations
What is in many ways an absolutely run of the mill smooth jazz offering is generating great interest within the UK soul fraternity. This is
The latest Varnaline record, Songs in a Northern Key, has gotten a lot of positive press, and for good reason - it’s a damn
He’s 23 years old, he’s a multi-instrumentalist/singer/songwriter, he seems like a good person and has lots of quirky quotes, and this, his
It can’t be easy trying to establish yourself as a singer/songwriter when you’re a child of a well-known musician, let alone two
August 20, 1999 probably doesn’t strike you as a particularly dark day in the history of pop music. However, there’s a damn good reason that
Not many artists survived disco’s crash and burn, but DJ/producer François Kevorkian (or François K as he now likes to be
It's 1992, and a relatively unknown Martina McBride has gone from selling T-shirts to opening for the very well known Garth Brooks. For part of her road band, McBride chooses a good-looking Texan who's been in Nashville for about six months.
A surpassingly rich and urgent movie about the way we live now.