Tuesday, April 30 2002
Pleasant music can be a beautiful thing. Melodies wrap around, harmonies intertwine with each other, vocals are flowing, and the beats are soft and enveloping.
With a visit to the giga-hip Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York, one comes away with more than just a sense of tension between urban
In 1983 and 1984, as hard rock bands were starting to dominate record sales, such as Mötley Crüe, Ratt, Twisted Sister, Def Leppard, and Quiet
While listening to Beautiful Stars, Isaac “Dickie” Freeman’s first solo album, there is much at which to marvel. Most obvious is Freeman’s basso
Monday, April 29 2002
“Drink up baby / Stay up all night / With the things you could do / You won’t but you might / The potential you’ll be / That
Within the last several years, the pretense of the low budget, independent cinematic hybrid, an integral element of the superinformationhighway for cutting edge, experimental art,
I interviewed Victoria Williams once; she washed dishes while she talked to me on the phone. It wasn’t meant as an insult, and the
Let’s assume, just for fun, that the Beatles are the most influential group in the history of pop music. That would make N.W
Change is hard; change is necessary, yet change ultimately is good. If change scares you, stay inside and keep playing your old Hüsker Dü,
There’s a thin line between art and pretentiousness, between being challenging and needlessly inscrutable. Radiohead have crossed the line so often that they’ve
Ever see the old Monty Python “Dennis Moore” sketch? You know, the one where John Cleese plays a Robin Hood figure who steals from the
Richard Hell can walk down the street in New York City’s East Village without being recognized. He rides the subway, eats at understated restaurants
In 2000, when Death Cab for Cutie released We Have the Facts and We’re Voting Yes, the follow-up to 1998’s promising debut Something About Airplanes,
Thursday, April 25 2002
On one level, 'Yankee Hotel Foxtrot' is a lush pop album, though notes of dissonance constantly intrude, interrupting and complicating the pop sound; on another, it is an exploration of the barriers to communication.
Musical meaning is measured in millions. Pampered, mega-sloth Mac-Poodles are led around the electronic cage on invisible leashes by giant invisible corporate owners and applauded
Pepito is a two-person band from San Francisco who just may have made the debut album of the year. They traffic in the ambiguities and
Bren Mead and Sean Rawls, dual leaders of Athens’ Masters of the Hemisphere, are eternal indie-pop pranksters, whose cache of irresistible hooks is dwarfed only
Wouldn’t it be good if everyone knew how good Nik Kershaw really is? Nik Kershaw is one of the most criminally unappreciated songwriters of
Back when I was first discovering music, good pop was relatively easy to come by. Everything, to me, was new and fresh, enticing and electric.
We Are Going to America offers a fragmented and personal interpretation of the immigrants' experiences.