Monday, July 9 2001

Melissa Etheridge: Skin

Amidst all of the obvious talent that Melissa Etheridge possesses, one of the keys to her success has always been about writing powerfully emotional songs

Corporate Avenger: Freedom Is a State of Mind

Middle ground. A unified understanding. Societies getting along. Are these merely the pipe dreams of a utopian dream, or can they somehow be achieved through

Badmarsh & Shri: Signs

It’s difficult to avoid the words “Asian Underground” when reviewing something like this, although Mohammed Akber Ali and Shrikanth Sriram (a.k.a. Badmarsh

Built to Spill: Ancient Melodies of the Future

Ancient Melodies of the Future is a fitting title for Built to Spill’s latest album, as their music has always had a mystical quality

Autoliner: Be

What exactly is “power pop”? I really don’t know, but if it is anything like Chicago’s Autoliner, it amounts to a weird amalgamation

Friday, July 6 2001

    3rd Degree: Radio 7

“What you will NOT see is a crappy self made CD recorded on a friend’s MY-FIRST-4-TRACK.” This is but one of many bold

Tuesday, July 3 2001

The White Stripes: White Blood Cells

The first thing that separates the White Stripes from the redundant, boring wank that passes for adventurous music these days is that the White Stripes can actually, you know, rock.

Monday, July 2 2001

Gary Allan

is one of the more compelling performers in contemporary country, a musical landscape cluttered with well dressed divas (and sometimes their husbands), Hat Acts, and an unsettling new interest in 'boy bands'.

    Various Artists: Wu-Chronicles Chapter II

The Wu-Tang Clan aren’t only one of the most innovative hip-hop groups of the last decade, they’re a corporate entity, albeit one that

    Various Artists: Nuthin’ But a Gangsta Party 2

Making a mix tape and buying a mix tape are two entirely different experiences. You make your own and you’re only limited by what

    Peter Tosh: Live and Dangerous: Boston 1976

Peter Tosh was the consummate Wailer in this critic’s humble opinion. He was the only one who fully realized that he could use reggae’

    Tindersticks: Can Our Love…

Back in the ‘80s, when asked what he thought of Morrissey and his incessant moping, the Fall’s Mark E. Smith wryly suggested that the

HiM: New Features

Jazz. Rock. Two genres that sometimes don’t always complement each other. For every interesting and entertaining band out there that pulls off some great

Clogs: Thom’s Night Out

To me, the name “Clogs” sounds like it would be associated with dark or dissonant music, perhaps the side project of a goth or industrial

Saturday, June 30 2001

G. Love & Special Sauce

G. Love threatened to take James Brown's title for Hardest Working Man in Show Business away from him recently -- at least for the night he was playing Park City.

Friday, June 29 2001


. They eschew attention, yet they're media darlings. Reactions to their recent recordings are anything but lukewarm, yet they refuse to explain themselves. They transform studio-centric creations into live songs that are both towering and incandescent, yet they tour infrequently.

Wednesday, June 27 2001

    Various Artists: Avalon Blues: A Tribute to the Music of Mississippi John Hurt

Tribute records trade on our respect for the artists they supposedly pay tribute to, and bet that we’ll pay good money for an album

    Sloppy Meateaters: Forbidden Meat

Well here we are again with another pop-punk band that is poised with axes in hand and a sizable fan base to back them up.

    Nineteen Forty-Five: Together We’ll Burn Like Autumn Leaves

I used to call it the Chapel Hill work ethic. Certain Southern bands of the early nineties-Superchunk, Archers of Loaf, Small (23), and the like seemed

    Graig Markel and Verses on Venus: The Summer Fire EP

Let me take a few moments here to describe the packaging of this EP. It doesn’t come in a jewel box, but in a

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