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Monday, May 13 2002

Lucky Man: A Memoir by Michael J. Fox

Fox's book is not just another Hollywood cry for attention hidden in the form of an autobiography. Though he may be known primarily for his work as actor, movies and movie making are not why Fox put pen to paper.


Boulevard by Jim Grimsley

The book transcends the basic coming-out narrative by entering into a near fantasy world in which Newell never has to confront society.


Thursday, May 9 2002

Jonathan Richman: Action Packed: The Best of Jonathan Richman

Oh! JoJo. No one with a heart could fail to succumb to the eccentric charms of America’s most sincere songwriter. Probably one of the


Lonesome Bob: Things Change

The first time you listen to Things Change, you start trying to nestle it into neat little categories. It’s straight country. It’s country-rock


Knievel: The Name Rings a Bell That Drowns Out Your Voice

If you’ve never heard the band Knievel, you might think, because of their name, that they’re some kind of flashy, spectacular punk rock


Jon Spencer Blues Explosion: Plastic Fang

After a pretty lengthy hiatus, I’d like to say that the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion are finally ready to talk about the blues again,


Denali: self-titled

Denali’s lead singer, Maura Davis, has an extraordinary voice. When I first heard it live a couple of weeks ago (Denali recently opened for


Will Downing: Sensual Journey

For much of his career, Will Downing has comfortably fit in as the working man’s Luther Vandross. Not given to Vandross’ flair and not


The Beards: Funtown

The Beards are L.A.‘s newest supergroup. Sort of. In an age where the major record companies vertically integrate their artists under the guise


Unfaithful (2002)

Unfaithful examines the trouble men get into when women behave too passionately.


The New Guy (2002)

What the heck is Jermaine Dupre doing here?"


Girls Can’t Swim (2001)

Each event in the girls' lives is presented with a cool, matter-of-fact openness rarely encountered in contemporary American cinema.


Enigma (2001)

There comes a point in 'Enigma' where Jeremy Northam shows up and you feel grateful.


Big Bad Love (2002)

Big Bad Love underlines Barlow's concerns about what it means to be a man.


Wednesday, May 8 2002

Various Artists: Smooth Grooves: After Hours, Cool Down

While Studio 54 remains the quintessential memorial to the disco era and disco perhaps remains one of the most disparaged popular music genres of the last 30


Keller Williams: Laugh

Upon first receiving Keller Williams’ latest album Laugh, I was initially won over by the humorous songs, tasty guitar work, and funky jazz treatments offered


The Miggs: Anyway

Bands like the Miggs used to be a dime a dozen. Every town had a few, guitar-based quartets that were long on hooks and short


Imperial Teen: On

Yowsa, a brand new record from Imperial Teen! Pop rock that’s not saccharine, their songs are sexy and confused, dizzy and danceable, sarcastic and


Jerry Douglas: Lookout for Hope

On his latest album, Lookout for Hope, Jerry Douglas continues to explore the boundaries of new acoustic music with a number of well-known guests, including


Dominic Chianese: Hits

Discussing this album without addressing the extra-musical accomplishments of the artist is hopeless. Dominic Chianese is the actor who plays Uncle Junior on The Sopranos.


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