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Wednesday, July 24 2002

Dennis Kamakahi: Ohana

There’s the family he grew up with in Honolulu, particularly his father and the sessions on the porch when relatives and friends gathered each

Carly Hennessy: Ultimate High

It appears that the demand for candy-pop musicians may never go out of style, unfortunately, as evidenced by Britney Spears making the top of Forbes’

John Lee Hooker: The Real Folk Blues/More Real Folk Blues

Although he passed away last year, blues legend John Lee Hooker is still a source of inspiration for many blues, pop, and rock newcomers. Along

East River Pipe: Shining Hours in a Can

Slide Shining Hours in a Can into your CD player and fill your room with a jangly independent pop of understated sweetness that’s hard

black tape for a blue girl: The Scavenger Bride

You’re sitting in a dimly lit, prototypically European pub, located in Prague sometime in the middle of the 20th century. An old man is


Bayard, Designer/Publisher: Dan Peyton, review by Phoebe Kate Foster -- That quality of raw honesty may set your teeth on edge or it may speak to your soul. It may infuriate you or give you a hearty laugh or bring tears to your eyes. You may throw 'Happy' across the room occasionally -- but more than likely, you'll retrieve it and go on reading.

Tool + Tomahawk

Tool Tomahawk The first time I saw Mike Patton live, eleven years ago with Faith No More, he flopped around like a fish onstage, wiggling


“We’re a bunch of old farts from North Carolina.” That’s how veteran indie rockers Superchunk described themselves to an audience comprised mainly of

Poison + Cinderella + Winger + Faster Pussycat

Poison S E T    L I S T PoisonLook What the Cat Dragged InRide the WindSqueeze BoxI Want Action(guitar solo)Emperor’s

More Than Music Festival: The Flying Luttenbachers, Rah Bras, Bratmobile, and others

The Flying Luttenbachers Rah Bras “More Than Music 10 casts the net wider to reach out across different genres and scenes in order to forge links

Joi + Res + Raphael Saadiq + Cody Chesnutt

ETTA JAMES14 July 2002: BB King’s Blues Club & Grille — New York by Kandia Crazy Horse Joi Res Flight to Amazonia (Slight Return) Saturday in

The Dirtbombs + The Detroit Cobras

The Dirtbombs The Detroit Cobras Co-headlining a two-night stand at the Bowery Ballroom in Manhattan, the Detroit Cobras and the Dirtbombs are part of the

Dave Alvin and the Guilty Men

Dave AlvinPhoto credit: Stephen Smith Only in Madison would you find a dive bar with a grilled portabella sandwich on the menu. This is what

Shakey: Neil Young’s Biography by Jimmy McDonough

Nearly half of Shakey's 738 pages of text are devoted to the 1970s, and while some readers may find McDonough's attention to detail frustrating, fans of Young's music will be fascinated with the account of Young's most productive decade, from Everybody Knows This is Nowhere to Rust Never Sleeps.

Staying Alive: real poems for unreal times by Neil Astley (editor)

This new anthology from Bloodaxe is a marvel of editorial skill and taste, offering 500 modern poems by diverse writers as a demonstration of the efficacy of poetry in the modern world.

The Pirate Hunter: The True Story of Captain Kidd by Richard Zacks

In today's world Kidd would have been the unwitting scapegoat for the Enron fiasco, allowing everyone else to get away Scot-free while he rotted in prison.

The Father Costume and Notable American Women by Ben Marcus

About Ben Marcus there is so much to be discussed but nothing, really, to be explained.

The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse by Louise Erdrich

a vivid world where floods are described as 'gray soup,' a woman's bound breasts as 'small, withered, modest as folded flowers,' pansies as having 'the faces of spoiled babies,' and horses as having coats of 'brutal velvet.'"

Lummox: The Evolution of Man by Mike Magnuson

Perhaps it's stereotypical, but men who drink American beer and watch football aren't even supposed to read books, much less write them. Magnuson, however, has bucked the stereotype. He is a regular blue-collar guy, but he's also a damn good fiction writer.

A Jacques Barzun Reader: Selections from his Works by Michael Murray, Editor

As a comprehensive anthology, 'A Reader' has wired into its DNA the tendency to deflect attention from the subject at hand in order to illuminate by refraction the face of the writer.

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