Wednesday, March 27 2002
Unusual semi-success story, here: young Shani Rigsbee can sing beautifully, so her parents up and move from Hot Springs, Arkansas, to Los Angeles to help
After nearly a year of mourning the passing of a rock and roll giant in Joey Ramone, after all the post 9-11 anxiety, the whole
You feel dirty listening to Mirah. The distinct of feeling that you’ve stepped into someone’s private stash of recordings is rarely felt more
Simplex munditiis. A few thousand years ago the great Latin poet Horace strung these words together in a valiant attempt to describe the scene of
The Classical Jazz Quartet is a versatile concept group that brings together the talents of pianist Kenny Barron, bassist Ron Carter, percussionist Stefon Harrison on
Monday, March 25 2002
There are some albums that only seem appropriate in certain contexts, that require a specific set of conditions to be properly enjoyed. This phenomenon is
Rock and roll music, at its very core, has always been inherently dumb. Whether it’s sociopolitical satire disguised as dumb (The Fugs), pop genius
Thursday, March 21 2002
If there is a movie that might make me agree with conservative pundits assailing the 'vulgarity' and gross-out humor of contemporary U.S. culture and much recent Hollywood teen fare, 'Sorority Boys' would be it.
The Daywalker has his own agenda, still fever-dreaming and raging, but changed too.
Monday, March 18 2002
Rife with energy and overflowing with ideas, experiments, and glorious pop hooks, Super Furry Animals make a huge, bold statement with this album: they want to be a great band, not merely a good band, and with Rings Around the World, they just might have accomplished that feat.
Land is the long past due collection of Patti Smith’s greatest hits, the joke being that she lucked into a radio hit once with
With their debut full-length, Hee Saw Dhuh Kaet, Rye Coalition established itself as a fierce and chaotic rock ‘n’ roll band with a sense of
It begins with those opening bars—déjà vu Stevie circa 1972 . . . “Superwoman” . . . Music on My Mind. And then the voice . . . Stevie? Naw that ain’t
Not a lot of hip-hop will make you want to rock bell bottoms or bust out an afro pick. But something about the intricate grooves
Thursday, March 14 2002
The trouble with 'Showtime' is that it never lets up on its self-congratulatory wink-winking.
Alice's amnesia is Resident Evil's best trick.
Goes at both war and romance from a decidedly oblique angle.
Monday, March 11 2002
Since the mid-1950s, the organ trio has been the grits and gravy of the modern jazz tradition. While it has been critically ignored (and
Hayden is an enigma. One of those good types of enigmas that invigorate you, keep you guessing. For after appearing on the scene in 1996 with
Saturday, March 9 2002
Hot Tuna—not so appealing if listed on a restaurant menu, but when mentioned on a marquee, the crowds do swarm. Starting out as an