Thursday, September 5 2002
This wasn’t supposed to happen. Coldplay was a pleasant sleeper success in the UK in 2000, and proceeded to do the unthinkable, exploding onto North
Still going strong past his retirement age, Tony Bennett is one of those crooners who have not suffered from the simple fact of being a
Wednesday, September 4 2002
Outrageous Cherry is connected to half the bands in Detroit, especially through lead singer/songwriter Matthew Smith. He’s produced the Go (Jack White’s
It’s difficult to find new things to say about bands like New Found Glory. Blink 182, Sum 41, Bowling for Soup, and other purveyors of punk-lite
With their first record in 1994, Low opened a door to an undiscovered musical universe, one they continue to inhabit largely alone. There really isn’t
For years, James Cotton has been synonymous with harmonica excellence. His latest release erases any doubt for blues fans about who stands at the head
Their 2000 release, Cursive’s Domestica cemented Omaha, Nebraska-based foursome Cursive’s status as one of the best bands currently operating in the post-punk idiom. Domestica
Has any band in the history of music (okay, I realize this sounds like major hyperbole, but stick with me) ever suffered such a significant
Blink 182 have always struck me as the band version of Matthew McConaughey’s character from the movie Dazed and Confused: the one who spends his
Beth OrtonPhoto credit: Valerie Philips Beth Orton walks out briskly, lithe and rail-thin, but with a grin and stride that betray a healthy diet or
There are leaders and there are followers, innovators and thieves, creative businessmen and swindlers. Music acts are no different. Watching Of a Revolution (O.A
Sitting in The Paramount Theater for a concert, one feels like a nocturnal worshipper slipping into a gilded cathedral to hear the best preacher in
I don’t think Enon set out to become an indie-rock supergroup, but it seems that that’s what they’ve become. I can almost
“Let’s go Mur-phys, Lets Go Mur-phys,” roared the rambunctious crowd at the 2002 Pepsi Irish Fest in New York! It so happens that this festival
Cornelius seems like an unaffectedly magnetic performer—charming and adorable without being fey or foppish, radiating rock-god confidence without being arrogant. I get the sense
In the best tradition of all good literature, it "shows," but never "tells.
Killing Monsters: Why Children Need Fantasy, Super Heroes, and Make-Believe Violence by Gerard Jones
In fact, everything in 'Killing Monsters' works, placing it in sharp contrast to the endless sky-is-falling rhetoric of the last few decades, which seems designed for no other purpose than make us fear both the media and our own children.
I'm appalled by the behavior of the young iguanas of today: I keep encountering groups of youths masturbating at me.
The themes of loss, isolation, and desperation are ripe with possibility, and yet Darling's treatment of these topics often leaves the reader cold.
Tuesday, September 3 2002
No one knows when, why, or even how it happened, but rock music has silently slipped into cult status in the last couple of years.