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Thursday, September 5 2002

Coldplay: A Rush of Blood to the Head

This wasn’t supposed to happen. Coldplay was a pleasant sleeper success in the UK in 2000, and proceeded to do the unthinkable, exploding onto North

Tony Bennett: The Essential Tony Bennett

Still going strong past his retirement age, Tony Bennett is one of those crooners who have not suffered from the simple fact of being a

Wednesday, September 4 2002

Outrageous Cherry: The Book of Spectral Projections

Outrageous Cherry is connected to half the bands in Detroit, especially through lead singer/songwriter Matthew Smith. He’s produced the Go (Jack White’s

New Found Glory: Sticks and Stones

It’s difficult to find new things to say about bands like New Found Glory. Blink 182, Sum 41, Bowling for Soup, and other purveyors of punk-lite

Low: Trust

With their first record in 1994, Low opened a door to an undiscovered musical universe, one they continue to inhabit largely alone. There really isn’t

James Cotton: The 35th Anniversary Jam

For years, James Cotton has been synonymous with harmonica excellence. His latest release erases any doubt for blues fans about who stands at the head

Cursive/Eastern Youth: Eight Teeth to Eat You

Their 2000 release, Cursive’s Domestica cemented Omaha, Nebraska-based foursome Cursive’s status as one of the best bands currently operating in the post-punk idiom. Domestica

Berlin: Voyeur

Has any band in the history of music (okay, I realize this sounds like major hyperbole, but stick with me) ever suffered such a significant

Boxcar Racer: self-titled

Blink 182 have always struck me as the band version of Matthew McConaughey’s character from the movie Dazed and Confused: the one who spends his

Beth Orton

Beth OrtonPhoto credit: Valerie Philips Beth Orton walks out briskly, lithe and rail-thin, but with a grin and stride that betray a healthy diet or


There are leaders and there are followers, innovators and thieves, creative businessmen and swindlers. Music acts are no different. Watching Of a Revolution (O.A


Sitting in The Paramount Theater for a concert, one feels like a nocturnal worshipper slipping into a gilded cathedral to hear the best preacher in

Enon + The Bloodthirsty Lovers

I don’t think Enon set out to become an indie-rock supergroup, but it seems that that’s what they’ve become. I can almost

Dropkick Murphys

“Let’s go Mur-phys, Lets Go Mur-phys,” roared the rambunctious crowd at the 2002 Pepsi Irish Fest in New York! It so happens that this festival


Cornelius seems like an unaffectedly magnetic performer—charming and adorable without being fey or foppish, radiating rock-god confidence without being arrogant. I get the sense

Life of Pi: A Novel by Yann Martel

In the best tradition of all good literature, it "shows," but never "tells.

Killing Monsters: Why Children Need Fantasy, Super Heroes, and Make-Believe Violence by Gerard Jones

In fact, everything in 'Killing Monsters' works, placing it in sharp contrast to the endless sky-is-falling rhetoric of the last few decades, which seems designed for no other purpose than make us fear both the media and our own children.

Dr. Tatiana’s eEx Advice to All Creation by Olivia Judson

I'm appalled by the behavior of the young iguanas of today: I keep encountering groups of youths masturbating at me.

Crocodile Soup by Julia Darling

The themes of loss, isolation, and desperation are ripe with possibility, and yet Darling's treatment of these topics often leaves the reader cold.

Tuesday, September 3 2002

Wayne: Music on Plastic

No one knows when, why, or even how it happened, but rock music has silently slipped into cult status in the last couple of years.

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