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Thursday, April 25 2002

Les Destinées (2000)

As its title suggests, the pall of inevitability hangs over Les Destinées.


Jason X (2002)

Jason X merely proceeds from one bloody splatter shot to the next.


The Cat’s Meow (2002)

'The Cat's Meow' insists, you can't go back to the good old days, because they were never so good as you think they were.


Wednesday, April 24 2002

Various Artists: Songs Without Words 2

The concept is simple. Take a number of artists from a variety of musical backgrounds, ask them each to write and perform a song. The


RL: RL:Ements

Buoyed by the production of Kay Gee (he of Naughty By Nature fame), the trio Next fit nicely into a post-Jodeci black pop world, alongside


Ill Ease: Live at the Holiday Sin

One-woman band Elizabeth Sharp is the skewed mastermind behind Live at the Holiday Sin, her third full-length release under the name Ill Ease. The title


Engine Down: Demure

As is the problem with most albums of its time in the independent world, where not releasing an album on a regular basis can force


Chantigs: Four Hats

San Francisco’s Chantigs have apparently been rocking it up for some time. Previous releases such as Up with the Chantigs found much favor amongst


Brothomstates: Claro

Sometimes it can be hard not to wonder when exactly the IDM movement stopped producing truly innovative works and started to become a cheap, Autechre-derivative


Azure Ray: November

Only six songs long, November will no doubt tweak your interest immediately. A bare bones, but warm vocal/guitar duo, this is a must for


Zero 7

Even as I sit here with my headphones on listening to Zero 7, the band that played to a packed, enthusiastic Irving Plaza crowd last Friday,


Bob Mould

Photo Credit: David Israel He Sings, He Plays Guitar, He Operates the Tilt-A-Whirl, and He Will Even Guess Your Weight Bob Mould first stunned fans


Giant Sand

Exhaustion. Dehydration. Phantom hangovers—you’ve hardly had anything to drink, but the suggestion that the next day should bring illness actually brings on headache


Engine Down

Lead singer Keeley Davis has decided that this would be a good time to lighten things up a bit. “Hey,” he says, tapping the microphone


Audiotistic: Mos Def + Talib Kweli + The Roots + Outkast

Audiotistic isn't/wasn't meant to be purely hip-hop, though. Billed as the Future Sound Festival in Southern Cali, it's typically been a cutting edge sort of venue with electronica and house at the center of its agenda.


Tuesday, April 23 2002

Jody Williams: Return of a Legend

Jody Williams. Now, that name might ring a bell, but this is not the same Jody Williams, the lady who won the Nobel Peace Prize


Eleni Mandell: Snakebite

Eleni Mandell has a voice like an eel, like a minx, all litheness and elegance overlaying scarcely concealed danger. She is a girl with a


Luna: Romantica

Despite that I’m a great admirer of guitar-based pop music, I’ve always found dream-pop and shoegazing and the like to be a bit,


Electrelane: Rock It to the Moon

Electrelane is cool. With its laid-back approach and growling instrumental anthems, Electrelane is all mood and attitude. From the dark “Gabriel” to the ragged dance


Kasey Chambers: Barricades & Brickwalls

Although it appears that Australian native Kasey Chambers has just come on the radar of up-and-coming musicians, she’s been around far longer than anyone


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