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Monday, October 1 2001

    Keith Jarrett / Gary Peacock / Jack DeJohnette: Inside Out

You’d think Keith Jarrett had something to prove. Each release since a bout with chronic fatigue syndrome sidelined him for three years in the

The Gipsy Kings: Somos Gitanos

It’s been 15 years since the Gipsy Kings came on to the world music scene with their multinational take on traditional flamenco music. The trick

Garbage: Beautifulgarbage

Garbage is back. Cue the fanfare. Wait . . . not so fast, junior. Seems that Shirley Manson and pals have upset a few of the old diehards

Four Tet: Pause

Electronic music is a funny medium. Purists balk at it, claiming there’s no talent required when composing with a bank of synths, computers, and

DJ Irene: Global Housediva 2:  Live in Ibiza

This ain’t no ear candy. The pump, the bump, the funky, freaky beats are going to get you, whether you like it or not.

Call and Response: self-titled

Even if you're a die-hard Slipknot fan and you can't stand anything with keyboards or women, you'll have to admit that Call and Response make flawless pop.

Sunday, September 30 2001

Béla Fleck: Perpetual Motion

Perpetual Motion is Fleck’s latest project, a daring foray into Baroque, Classical and Romantic art music.

Thursday, September 27 2001

Godspeed You Black Emperor!

Needless to say, these are serious times. There is little place for irony. There is even less place for facile rock and roll rebellion. Enter

Tess Wiley: Rainy Day Assembly

Tess Wiley began her music career in earnest seven years ago as a member of Sixpence None the Richer. Not to be confused with tow-headed

Now It’s Overhead: self-titled

Enough of this Indian summer, I need winter now. Not because of a masochistic obsession with extreme snow sports or a romantic notion about hot

Wednesday, September 26 2001

Keb’ Mo’

With his 1994 eponymous debut, Keb’ Mo’, the Los Angeles-native also known as Kevin Moore let loose with an album full of solid songwriting and extraordinary

Hilmar Orn Hilmarsson & Sigur Rós: Angels of the Universe

Sigur Rós fans take note: although the Icelandic art-rockers get prominent billing on this film soundtrack, they contribute only two songs. The bulk of

Wayne Escoffery: Times Change

In the awkward divide that has built up between the Burns-Crouch-Marsalis camp and the anti-Burnsites in the past year, any young artist who shows anything

Dear John Letters: Rewriting the Wrongs

Okay, right off the bat, let’s acknowledge the Paul McCartney influence here. Matt Nichols of KEXP radio in Seattle said of Rewriting the Wrongs

Tuesday, September 25 2001

    The Strokes: Is This It

The Strokes have a great sound, and the album is lots of fun. But they are not the saviors of rock 'n' roll, nor are they even remotely cool.

Monday, September 24 2001

The Waterboys

The Big Music is back. Now Mike Scott calls it “sonic rock” (there is no flesh-and-blood saxophonist these days) as he has come full circle

    Various Artists: @ Home: @ Sunrise / @ Home: @ Sunset

With enough chill-out compilations out there to fill a giant-sized bargain bin, it’s going to take a really good album to impress me. As

Various Artists: Timeless: Hank Williams Tribute

The range of subjects of tribute albums is vast: everyone from the Beatles to Elvis, Cole Porter to Leonard Cohen, Suzanne Vega to Black Sabbath,

Woven: EPrime

Woven is probably an appropriate name for this band. It does, indeed, weave together a few different styles of music to create something that is

    Loudon Wainwright III: Last Man on Earth

Whether being hailed as the “new Bob Dylan” (early in his career) or better known (now) as the father of Rufus Wainwright, singer-songwriter Loudon Wainwright

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