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Monday, August 13 2001

    k.d. lang: Live By Request

There’s really something fascinating about the whole concept behind A&E’s Live By Request. The idea of musicians performing on television is


Fernando: Dreams of the Sun and Sky

Fernando’s troubled folk-rock aches with a wildness it can’t quite contain. His guitars own up to their country and Mexican influences and his


Andrew Clyne: Plugged IN

Tech-house can be a bit difficult to pin down. It’s the bridge between techno and house, two genres which themselves have so many sub-genres


Centro-Matic: Distance and Clime

The Denton, Texas-based quartet Centro-Matic have a rock and roll sound that is melodic, crunchy, and gleeful, but also a bit obtuse at times. It


Randy Crawford: Permanent

Randy Crawford was barely 20 years old when she began touring as George Benson’s opening act in 1972. Shortly thereafter the late Julian “Cannonball” Adderley would


Aram: Ghosts in a Season

Sometime last year, singer/songwriter Aram (no last names, please) developed a throat condition that kept him from singing or even talking for six whole


Saturday, August 11 2001

Squarepusher / Plaid / Mira Calix

The plush and posh El Rey Theater, a brief walk from the perpetually sinking mammoths of the La Brea tar pits, may be an unlikely


Monday, August 6 2001

    Various Artists: The Real Jamaica Ska

First off, just let me say that yes, the title of this CD is accurate—this is indeed real Jamaican ska, dating from what sounds


    The Yayhoos: Fear Not the Obvious

The Yayhoos are talent-packed, but they could hardly be considered a supergroup. If it weren’t for the brief success of the Georgia Satellites, the


    Wolfgang Press: Everything Is Beautiful

The Wolfgang Press (Michael Allen, Mark Cox and Andrew Gray) were one of 4AD’s most enduring bands, spending the entirety of their career (more


    Uberzone: Faith in the Future

Never one to shy away from experimentation, Q shows the world how harmoniously breaks, hip-hop, techno, and house work together. Only a human being could use computers to such emotional affect.


    Archie Shepp and Rosewell Rudd: Live in New York

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    Bob Marley & the Wailers: Trenchtown Days: The Birth of a Legend

Before Bob Marley achieved worldwide superstardom in the 1970s with such hits as “I Shot the Sheriff”, “Jamming”, and “No Woman, No Cry”, he achieved


The Isley Brothers Featuring Ronald Isley aka Mr. Biggs: Eternal

If Ronald Isley never sang another note, his position among the pantheon of male R&B/soul vocalists would remain intact. As the lead


Dan Hicks & the Hot Licks: Alive & Lickin’

Alive & Lickin’ will inevitably be compared with Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks’ peerless 1971 live album, Where’s the Money?, but Alive & Lickin’


John Hiatt: Anthology

For someone who has been plugging away at his chosen craft for close to three decades it is short of criminal that John Hiatt has


Gilberto Gil & Milton Nascimento: Gil & Milton

Just as every country has its own cuisine, its own set of festive occasions, maybe even its own versions of the Dewey Decimal System, nowadays


DJ Onionz: Future Acoustics

New York-bred DJ Onionz may have a great rep, but Future Acoustics certainly isn’t a great album. That is, it isn’t great to


Benton Falls: Fighting Starlight

When I reviewed Deep Elm’s Emo Diaries Chapter Six, I noted that Benton Falls’s “Tell Him” was one of the standout tracks on


Better Than Ezra: Closer

After three albums with Elektra, and after steadily declining sales for every album since their debut, Better Than Ezra hopped to an indie label for


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