Sunday, April 21 2002
What's missing in so much of modern music is the type of craftsmanship that Mike Viola (who in essence IS the Candy Butchers) brings to his songwriting.
Thursday, April 18 2002
When the word got out late last year that Cassandra Wilson was recording a blues album in an abandoned train station in Clarksdale, Mississippi, expectations
What is in many ways an absolutely run of the mill smooth jazz offering is generating great interest within the UK soul fraternity. This is
The latest Varnaline record, Songs in a Northern Key, has gotten a lot of positive press, and for good reason - it’s a damn
He’s 23 years old, he’s a multi-instrumentalist/singer/songwriter, he seems like a good person and has lots of quirky quotes, and this, his
It can’t be easy trying to establish yourself as a singer/songwriter when you’re a child of a well-known musician, let alone two
August 20, 1999 probably doesn’t strike you as a particularly dark day in the history of pop music. However, there’s a damn good reason that
Not many artists survived disco’s crash and burn, but DJ/producer François Kevorkian (or François K as he now likes to be
It's 1992, and a relatively unknown Martina McBride has gone from selling T-shirts to opening for the very well known Garth Brooks. For part of her road band, McBride chooses a good-looking Texan who's been in Nashville for about six months.
A surpassingly rich and urgent movie about the way we live now.
It's not as though 'The Survivors' takes its survivalists seriously.
Nine Queens' class analysis is acute, and narrowly focused on defining the characters.
'Murder by Numbers' isn't about solving the case; it's about solving Cassie (Sandra Bullock).
The Last Waltz still spirits a tingle up the spine.
Wednesday, April 17 2002
How’s this for an idea? Take some of the best-known tunes from the Swing Era (nearly all taken from Gershwin, Ellington, or Glen Miller)
I gave this album an unusually biased first listen after having bought Marc Bianchi’s first LP, Home is Where You Hang Yourself, listened to
Fu Manchu have perfected the art of irreverent rock over the course of their five-album discography. Consecutive albums crammed with cranking riffs, odd lyrical themes
How to become a corporate rock star, in six easy steps: Think of a name that will stick in people’s heads, no matter how
Badly Drawn Boy’s Mercury Prize-winning album The Hour of Bewilderbeast, despite its many merits, was very nearly derailed by the pretensions of the Erratically
If there’s any reason at all to have music critics or journalists or radio stations, then that reason is (or certainly should be) to