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Vitro, Distort

The Beatles had The Monkees and now Prodigy has Vitro. Undulging in the same dodgy and uninteresting blend of hard rock and techno that plagued


    Joe Venuti and Tony Romano: Never Before… Never Again

Recorded and produced by Johnny Mercer, Never Before… Never Again captures a spontaneous 1954 Hollywood studio date between legendary jazz violinist Joe Venuti and journeyman guitarist


Noe Venable: No Curses Here

After being beaten-up (verbally, not physically) by a band that didn’t like the (largely favorable!) review I wrote about their last CD, I’ve


    Vivabeat: The Good Life 1979-1986

I wondered, in finding information about Vivabeat while trying to decide whether to request this retrospective for review, if there were a case to be


Vallejo: Into the New

Into the New was co-produced by the group and Michael Barbiero, whose known for his work with Blues Traveler, Guns N’ Roses, and Metallica and


Vienna Art Orchestra: All That Strauss

 “Ya, ya ya, give me oom-pa-pahWhen I want a melodyLilting through the houseThen I want a melodyBy StraussIt laughs, it sings, the world is


Vermont: Living Together | PopMatters Music Review

I almost fell asleep twice this afternoon. The first time was while I was relaxing in front of the fireplace. The second time was when


Unbelievable Truth: sorrythankyou

Mega Media Merger strikes again! In this episode of the Musical Heroes of Justice, melancholy British band Unbelievable Truth perseveres through blasts from major label


Union: The Blue Room

Pop quiz. Who is Bruce Kulick? How about John Corabi? Take your time, now. Your enjoyment of this album—a competent, even lovable lump of


The Urge: Too Much Stereo

Every summer I keep my ears on alert for an album that I know I’ll be able to listen to over and over again.


    Uncle Kracker: Double Wide

It’s so weird that Uncle Kracker is a rock star. I mean, it’s one thing for him to be spinning for Kid Rock,


    Unisex: Stratosfear

Say what you wish about the magic of Creation Records—with Screamadelica (Primal Scream), Giant Steps (Boo Radleys), and Definitely Maybe (Oasis) the label released


    Unto Ashes: Moon Oppose Moon

With instrumentation that seems like it was plucked out of some revisionist version of the middle ages and songs in both Latin and German, Unto


    The Union Underground: ...An Education in Rebellion

The world doesn’t really need another hardcore, gothic-styled group, and The Union Underground certainly fits into that unnecessary category. ...An Education in Rebellion is


U2, The Best Of 1980-1990

Globetrotting, ZOOTV megastars that they are now, it is refreshing to be reminded of how U2 began. Less the hype and the electronica bandwagon jumping,


Ui: The Iron Apple

Logic would suggest that it would be difficult to sink your teeth into an iron apple. For the sake of argument, don’t try. It’


Unbelievable Truth, Almost Here

It’s about time that one of NME‘s most hyped new bands actually lived up to the advance publicity. Garnering their fair share of


Ultimate Fakebook: This Will Be Laughing Week

The shadow of high school hangs over Ultimate Fakebook’s This Will Be Laughing Week, not only in the goofy faux yearbook cover art and


U.F.O.: Covenant

What do shred-masters Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Yngwie Malmsteen, Kirk Hammett and Dave Mustaine have in common? All cite German rock guitar virtuoso Michael Schenker


Uz Jsme Doma: Ears

In 10th grade I ventured to the now-defunct Academy in New York City to see They Might Be Giants, saviors of experimental pop quirkiness. The


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