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Monday, July 9 2001

    Anna Lauvergnac: self-titled

Female jazz vocalists are once again in the limelight, thanks largely to the popularity of the accomplished and very marketable Diana Krall. I can’t


Ivy: Long Distance

By taking smoothness to shocking new heights in just three records, New York rock trio Ivy has evolved from an indie rock group into something


The Hermit: Flying Out of Solitude

The Hermit is Hamish Thomson. He is a Canadian, which may be relevant, but I doubt it; he is a percussionist who loves electronic music,


David Gray: A Century Ends / The EPs 92-94 / Flesh

I can't imagine what made David Gray change his style. Perhaps there was some personal tragedy or triumph. Maybe it was the frustration of trying to break through, or maybe it was an electrical life-changing charge that went through him on hearing some new piece of music. Whatever it was, Gray stands poised to make some quality, affecting pop in the years to come.


The Gourds: Shinebox

If you’ve been wowed by Phish’s version of Snoop Dogg’s “Gin and Juice”, then you’ll be interested to discover that it’


Firewater: Psychopharmacology

What a grisly place this world can be; school shootings, drug abuse, homelessness, etc. And furthermore, what a strange disorienting existence this is; we plod


Faithless: Outrospective

Is there an unlikelier dance music outfit in business these days than Faithless? With a sound best described as all over the map, fronted by


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


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