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Saturday, December 31 1994

Sonny Sixkiller: This Is Your Heaven

Talk about a refreshing change of pace…. Sometimes when I’m sitting here listening to CD after CD of mostly loud rock, I catch myself

String Builder: self-titled

To some, the thoughts of anything strongly rooted in a shade of pure “Americana” are reason enough to jump out of the way in fears

Shelter: When 20 Summers Pass

Twenty summers ago I was in high school marching band with Ray Cappo, he played the tuba. Little did I know at the time that

    Rod Stewart: Human

Rod Stewart’s glory days span several key moments in the evolution of post-Beatles British rock—from the rise of the white blues brigade around 1964

Sugarcult: Start Static

What is it with bands and their apparent need to squeeze the word ‘sugar’ into their monikers? First we had Sugar Ray, more recently Sugarbomb

Sweep the Leg Johnny: Sto Cazzo!

Akin to an amusement park ride hazardous to pregnant women and those with heart failure, Sweep the Leg Johnny return to the recorded format with

Supersuckers, How the Supersuckers became the Greatest Rock and Roll Band in the World

So I’m sitting in the car outside the grocery store, eating ripple-style potato chips right out of the bag and washing them down with

SR-71: Now You See Inside

When Extreme’s beautiful acoustic ballad “More Than Words” permeated the airwaves in 1990 both it and it’s album Pornograffitti was an immediate success. One

Jill Scott: Who Is Jill Scott?

‘Round the Way Soul Sista It started with a dress. A hot little thing. A spaghetti-strapped Armani number, with a skintight bodice and a long

    The Spyders: The Youngster EP

The joke: What would happen if They Might Be Giants expatriated to England, dropped the musical gadgetry for four-on-the floor, kiddie-rocker sound, and started doing

    Sparkwood: The La-La Crutch

The Austin, Texas band, Sparkwood may not be a member of Elephant 6 stable, but their debut release, The La-La Crutch, reveals that the band just

Sons of the Never Wrong: One If by Hand

If folk-music is what you long for, look no further and take a listen to the Sons of the Never Wrong, which consists of Sue

Mongo Santamaria: Afro American Latin/Greatest Hits

Latin music is in. Latin Music is hot. Beyond the pop sensations of Ricky Martin, Jennifer Lopez, et al., the popularity of Buena Vista Social

    Schema: self-titled

Being totally honest with myself, I have to admit that in my heart of hearts, I’m simply a pop fan, to the point that

Shivaree: I Oughtta Give You a Shot in the Head

I Oughtta Give You a Shot in the Head is a fitting title for Shivaree’s first album. The record truly is a blow to

Matthew Sweet: In Reverse

Since he is a consistently interesting songwriter, the varying successes of Matthew Sweet’s solo albums are partially dependent on the contributions of collaborators. His

András Schiff and Peter Serkin: Music for Two Pianos

Pianists András Schiff and Peter Serkin are both well-known for their devotion to the fugue and Bach in particular.

Slobberbone: Everything You Thought Was Right Was Wrong Today

Remember that kickass local band that used to play down at your town’s chosen collegiate hangout, stuck back in the rear between booths of

The Slackers: Live at Ernesto’s!

I had a bad feeling about this one. To start with, I’ve heard a lot of ska lately, and the majority of it’s

    The Shermans: Falling Out of Love

Falling Out of Love is a 5-song EP, a quick preface to the Shermans’ third album Happiness Is Toy Shaped, to be released soon on

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