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Monday, November 19 2001

Sarah Dougher: The Bluff

A quick background check on Sarah Dougher finds that she teaches Greek and Roman Literature, and holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature. She wrote

Creed: Weathered

Almost every Creed tune shines with a kind of velvet luster; from one perspective, their songs are decently packaged bits of muscle rock. But move

Brady Brock: I Will Live in You Where Your Heart Used to Be

Brady Brock’s debut stems from a nice conceit. After graduating college, he traveled, visited friends, and reminisced into the wee hours of the night.

Aerosmith: Get a Grip

The year was 1993 and one of the biggest rock revivals was in full swing. Aerosmith had captured several demographics with the smash-selling Pump, the many

Aerosmith: Permanent Vacation

After signing with Geffen, the “reunion” of Boston rockers Aerosmith took a baby step with Done with Mirrors, which seemed a brief blip on the

Friday, November 16 2001

Reel Big Fish, Goldfinger, and Sugarcult

Fun to Be Had Both members of the SoCal punk scene located around Long Beach, California, Reel Big Fish and Goldfinger have been friends for

The New Pornographers

Read the next sentence twice, and try not to laugh. The New Pornographers are a Canadian Super-Group! You probably let out a little chuckle, right?

Thursday, November 15 2001

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001)

The makers of 'Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone' are banking on the fact that so very many people 'have' read the books, so that the confusion of those Luddites who haven't read them matters very little.

Wednesday, November 14 2001

Glenn Tilbrook

Photo credit: Robert Masys II Somewhere in the annals of rock music is a graveyard for bands that have had the misfortune to be compared

Leo Kottke

With over 20 years of experience, Leo Kottke has carefully developed a no-nonsense approach to both his career and his music. With his latest release, simply

Beachwood Sparks: 15 Nov 2001: The Troubadour - Santa Monica

Whether cultivating slow, tender blooms of sound, romanced with wistful narratives of loss and regeneration, or just disposing a reverberant stream of white noise, tonight the Sparks are never less than masterly.

Tuesday, November 13 2001

The Wash (2001)

Snoop makes an excellent Mean Face, snarling as he guns his fantastically acrobatic low-rider's engine.

Monday, November 12 2001

Radiohead: I Might Be Wrong—Live Recordings

I Might Be Wrong—Live Recordings gives a complete picture of Radiohead’s music—the fear, the recognition, and, in the guise of simple desire and devotion, the redemption.

Madonna: Greatest Hits Volume 2

As it stands, it’s the best summary of Madonna’s second decade as a performer we’re going to get—at least until a massive box set appears.

Green Day: International Superhits!

Bands like Green Day are truly the heirs of punk, not because they emerged from a real independent, D.I.Y. scene, but because they’ve maintained the style and attitude that make punk so appealing.


Spoon Dishes Out Solid Performance; Utensil Puns, However, Remain Tough to Come By I’m going to write about Spoon without referencing the Pixies or

Cali Comm Tour

Kicking off the Kansas City stop of the showcase of California hip-hop known as the Cali Comm tour, Motion Man came out on the stage

Various Artists: Club Bogaloo: Unlimited Freestyles Out of Nowhere

Club Bogaloo is a German dance hall located in Bavaria. Reinhard Wimmer and DJ Marcus Hacker created it in the ‘90s when the two formed

Zero 7: Simple Things

In this age of niche marketing it’s refreshing to encounter an album that defies the usual categories. Zero 7’s Simple Things could comfortably find

KeKe Wyatt: Soul Sista

If you’re going to the club or to the salon to get your hair done, then Ketara “KeKe” Wyatt is singing for you. The

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