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Monday, September 11 2000

    Tom Tom Club: The Good the Bad and the Funky

While Tom Tom Club began as a side project for Talking Heads’ rhythm section Tina Weymouth and Chris Frantz, it has become the couple’s


Tidewater Grain: Here on the Outside

Tidewater Grain adds a bit of heart and integrity into the hard rock scene, and that’s refreshing compared to the ever growing Korn and


The Softies: Holiday in Rhode Island

Sigh. The Softies. Sometimes, it’s so great to know exactly what you’re getting in a band. Take the Butthole Surfers, or the Beastie


Supershine: self-titled

Doug Pinnick is certainly no stranger to side projects. The King’s X bassist/vocalist has been somewhat of a hot commodity in rock music


The Sound of Urchin: self-titled

It’s impossible to take The Sound of Urchin seriously, but you’re probably not supposed to. Lacking in any sort of solemnity, The Sound


Joan Osborne: Righteous Love

The first time I turned on the radio and heard “St. Theresa,” (the opening track off Osborne’s 1995 release, Relish) I felt branded for life.


Robert Nighthawk: Live on Maxwell Street 1964 (Deluxe Edition)

This rare recording of Robert Nighthawk on Maxwell Street in 1964, just like the Maxwell Street of today, is clouded by controversy. You can read about


    i5: self-titled

The latest in pre-packaged, good looking girl groups is i5, a group of five Spice Girl wannabes put together by Giant Records. Although all five


The Hives: Veni Vidi Vicious

I’m convinced that there’s something about Veni Vidi Vicious, that illicits borderline personality. One minute I’m singing its praises to everyone I


Favez: Gentlemen Start Your Engines

Favez is nothing revolutionary. They play straightforward, honest alternative rock, and that’s it. They don’t experiment with sound or deviate from the standard


Fraley: Wild Rose of the Mountain

J.P. and Annadeene Fraley are a couple who record kick-ass Kentucky fiddle tunes. But wait—there’s more. Rounder’s handsomely packaged Wild Rose


Evan and Jaron: self-titled

Mention sibling harmonies, and the first name on everyone’s lips is Everly. Talk about twins in a rock band, and inevitably Nelson comes to


Eddy “The Chief” Clearwater: Reservation Blues

Eddy Clearwater is not exactly a quiet treasure. He’s been known to make the most of his stage entrance wearing a chief’s full


Cold: 13 Ways to Bleed On Stage

Okay, so I should’ve known better. The bit in the PR packet that came with the CD where it says Cold “counts Limp Bizkit’


Barenaked Ladies: Maroon

If you’ve heard all the hype, read the Entertainment Weekly exceedingly glowing review, or listened to critics call the new album by the Barenaked


Thursday, September 7 2000

Jets to Brazil / Shiner

Formed out of the rubble of the late, lamented Jawbreaker, Jets to Brazil has garnered a reputation as a literate post-punk pop band, and they proved it spades live.


Wednesday, September 6 2000

Eve 6

Eve 6’s lead singer Max Collins was sick of being stuck behind his bass during the group last tour and he vowed to shed the


Monday, September 4 2000

Ryan Adams: Heartbreaker

Heartbreaker lives up his auspicious live set and delivers one of the year’s best albums.


Damon and Naomi: With Ghost

Complex, highly literate, melodically and harmonically brilliant, poignant, sad, beautiful, personal, detached, disturbing, strange, compelling, trance-like, soft, masterful, passionate, understated, message-filled, powerful, present, dynamic, psychedelic,


The Damage Manual: self-titled

If you look up “supergroup” in your imaginary dictionary of rock terms, you’ll probably arrive at the same definition as I did: “An ensemble


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