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Monday, June 25 2001

    Q-Burns Abstract Message: Invisible Airline

There is always a particular risk involved in attempting to fuse two distinct musical genres. Apart from artistic difficulties, which are often overwhelming, there is


    Parker and Lily: Hello Halo

Parker and Lilly are a dream pop band formed in New York early last year. Vocalist Parker Noon sings in the breathy trademark of that


    Prime Sth: Underneath the Surface

And then there are the bands that just have it. Maybe the music is a groovy little gimmick that overwhelms your body like an electric


    Lila McCann: Complete

Oh where to begin here? Admittedly, I’m not at all a country music fan. I don’t flat out dislike the genre, as my


Patty Loveless: Mountain Soul

Mountain Soul is not a career-revival strategy but a homecoming for Patty Loveless.


    Alicia Keys: Songs in A Minor

In the aftermath of Jill Scott’s surprising breakthrough last year and in what is year four of the Badu evolution, there have been several


David Garza: Overdub

There is something strangely disconcerting about witnessing the monkey’s wedding of modern rock’s incestuous breeding. The last couple of years have thrown out


Duotang: The Bright Side / The Intentions: self-titled

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The Beta Band: Hot Shots II

The Beta Band were featured prominently in the film version of High Fidelity when John Cusack’s character said “I’ll bet I can sell


The Bionaut: Lubricate Your Living-Room

There’s something charmingly retro about this collection of tracks released between 1993 and 1997—given that electronica, with its focus on technology and sound innovation, changes


Bliss 66: Trip to the 13th

We’re still waiting for the first truly successful modern rock band. Apart from million-selling Vertical Horizon, there’s been plenty of good records that


The Berlin Project: The Transition Radio EP

The cover of The Berlin Project’s Transition Radio EP features a cool picture of a girl looking into a storefront window that features various


BR5-49: This Is BR549

Maybe it was an attempt to get played on the radio. Perhaps it was the recent jump from Arista to Lucky Dog Records that had


Blue Öyster Cult: Blue Öyster Cult / Secret Treaties

Despite Blue Öyster Cult’s 30 years in the business, it is surprising how little music fans know of the band or their vast catalog


Patti Austin: On the Way to Love

It is something of a surprise to see Patti Austin back on a major label. The record industry has been pretty ruthless with regard to


Sunday, June 24 2001

The Cult / Stabbing Westward / Monster Magnet

Someday Ian Astbury and the boys might be able to play a concert based on scads of new material. Until then, the diehards who grew


    Various Artists: Sulphur Compound

The man behind Sulphur/Sulfur Records is Robin Rimbaud, a.k.a. Scanner, a.k.a. Scannerfunk, dubbed the “telephone terrorist” for his passion for


Thursday, June 21 2001

George Carlin

“I’m a Fucking Visionary”George Carlin Stays Hungry (and Angry) This isn’t my father’s George Carlin, to pervert a phrase, something Carlin


Pat Martino: Live at Yoshi’s

Martino, whose career stretches right back to supplying rock ‘n’ roll licks for the likes of Chubby Checker and Bobby Darin, first made his mark playing with some of the ‘60s’ best known organ combos. Even the most nostalgically inclined will have to admit that this current line-up is the equal to any of them. But remember—PLAY IT LOUD.


Wednesday, June 20 2001

Brave Combo

Judging by the relatively small crowd that had gathered to see Brave Combo play once they’d ambled onstage just after 8:30 p.m. on a


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