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Wednesday, October 9 2002

Austin City Limits Music Festival featuring Patty Griffin, G-Love and the Special Sauce, Emmylou Har

Emmylou HarrisPhoto credit: Jennifer Bendery G-Love and the Special SaucePhoto credit: Jennifer Bendery Patty GriffinPhoto credit: Jennifer Bendery You would think the city known as

Tuesday, October 8 2002

Saloon: (This Is) What We Call Progress

Of the many pleasures of pop music, this quintet out of Reading, England emphasizes, above all others, the soothing lull of repetition, repetition, repetition. It’

Ron Sexsmith: Cobblestone Runway

When an artist needs motivation to create something new, nothing does it quicker, more suddenly, than personal hardship. The very thing happened to Toronto singer/

Elvis Presley: Roots Revolution: The Louisiana Hayride Recordings

With the latest advancements in digital and sound technology, it will become the norm for analog to be transferred into digital. Cassettes will be burned

I Muvrini: Leia

Because I do two radio shows, usually when I am at home there is a CD in my stereo that I am either reviewing or

Ex Models/The Seconds: Split EP

How to describe a violent burst of sound, four songs in five and a half minutes time, produced by two different bands? Well, that’s

Ray Brown Trio: Some of My Best Friends Are . . . Guitarists

Ray Brown, just about the most respected bassist in jazz, died earlier this year. Ever productive over six-decades of professional work, for the last few

The Apples in Stereo: Velocity of Sound

The Apples in Stereo always fill their 1960s-influenced pop-rock songs with extra verve and power when they play live. While all of their songs are

Justin Adams: Desert Road

Called “Britain’s answer to Ry Cooder” by the UK’s Guardian, Justin Adams is a bright imaginative guitarist. As an ambassador’s son, he

Monday, October 7 2002

Various Artists: Chooglin’: A Tribute to the Songs of John Fogerty

One of the most instantly recognizable voices in music is that of John Fogerty. A dirty and rough sound, filled with aggression, passion and loneliness,

Trio Mundo: Carnaval

Make a note of that label. In years to come collectors will go all gooey-eyed at its very mention. Only two years old, Khaeon has

Pepper: Kona Town

First things first. Get the nutshell version of the review out of the way. Kona Town hail from Hawaii and have since relocated to California.

Johnny Paycheck: The Soul & The Edge: The Best of Johnny Paycheck

In 1972, Johnny Paycheck released what eventually became one of his best-known singles, “She’s All I Got”. An emblematic example of the countrypolitan sound, the

Penny Dreadful: Sanctuary

Three kids get together to form a rock band; two of them play guitar and one plays drums. They sit around listening to U2 and

Jerzee Monét: Love & War

If you’ve listened to the radio lately, your attention might have been aroused by a mysterious voice singing what seems to be more of

The Loveless: A Tale of Gin and Salvation

You might have expected the favourite album of a PopMatters writer like myself to be one of the classics by the usual suspects of the

The Gourds: Cow Fish Fowl or Pig

If I was to list my five favorite cover songs of all time, The Gourds’ country hoe-down version of Snoop Dogg’s signature song “Gin

What I Like About You

Perhaps What I Like About You will be a little cultural barometer, mirroring X and Y tastes and giving both generations one more home in primetime.

John Doe

In John Doe, suspense takes a backseat to certainty.

Hidden Hills

Even more problematic is the moment when it's time for the episode's moral message, delivered with the subtlety of a bumper sticker.

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