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Wednesday, October 17 2001

The Breeders

The Breeders Give Birth to a Good Time “Hey, nothing’s in my heartI’d rather be cool than be smartHey, what I’m thinking


Basement Jaxx

Basement Jaxx have surely obtained a convert. I’ve never been a fan of electronica, but after the Basement Jaxx show, I have been struck


Wednesday, October 10 2001

Guided By Voices / The Slumber Party

Pollard & Co. Prove That Showmanship & Indie Rock Can Coexist In today’s world of indie rock, you could probably say it is rare


Tuesday, October 9 2001

Tori Amos

Before the Altar of Tori Amos Quite suddenly, the house lights went out. The crowd was ecstatic in anticipation, wildly screaming and shrieking at the


Sunday, October 7 2001

Mercury Rev

For a band that has been through so much in its 10 year lifespan, it is a touch surprising to see the Rev saunter onto the


The Fab Faux

Seek a gear show for those in the know? Go hear Fab Faux! One of my few regrets in life is not having attended a


Thursday, October 4 2001

Björk

“It’s not up to you”: or Ethics According to Björk It’s rare when a pop star is also a prophet. The awesomeness


Ryan Adams

At age 26, Ryan Adams has already earned enough praise and criticism to last a career. When he was just 20 years old, Adams’ band Whiskeytown was


Thursday, September 27 2001

Godspeed You Black Emperor!

Needless to say, these are serious times. There is little place for irony. There is even less place for facile rock and roll rebellion. Enter


Wednesday, September 26 2001

Keb’ Mo’

With his 1994 eponymous debut, Keb’ Mo’, the Los Angeles-native also known as Kevin Moore let loose with an album full of solid songwriting and extraordinary


Monday, September 24 2001

The Waterboys

The Big Music is back. Now Mike Scott calls it “sonic rock” (there is no flesh-and-blood saxophonist these days) as he has come full circle


Monday, September 3 2001

PJ Harvey

Apparently, I’d heard correctly—and the critic was the gangling boy behind me, piping up shortly after lead singer Polly Jean Harvey joined her


Thursday, August 16 2001

Radiohead: 17 August 2001 - New Jersey

The real change in Radiohead, however, is in their demeanor. They no longer exude the air of whiny, depressed, petulant art-rockers.


Saturday, August 11 2001

Squarepusher / Plaid / Mira Calix

The plush and posh El Rey Theater, a brief walk from the perpetually sinking mammoths of the La Brea tar pits, may be an unlikely


Monday, July 2 2001

Gary Allan

is one of the more compelling performers in contemporary country, a musical landscape cluttered with well dressed divas (and sometimes their husbands), Hat Acts, and an unsettling new interest in 'boy bands'.


Saturday, June 30 2001

G. Love & Special Sauce

G. Love threatened to take James Brown's title for Hardest Working Man in Show Business away from him recently -- at least for the night he was playing Park City.


Friday, June 29 2001

Radiohead

. They eschew attention, yet they're media darlings. Reactions to their recent recordings are anything but lukewarm, yet they refuse to explain themselves. They transform studio-centric creations into live songs that are both towering and incandescent, yet they tour infrequently.


Tuesday, June 26 2001

The New Pornographers

the dubious distinction of 'supergroup'. Yet they're all still anonymous enough that you don't get the pretension that is usually attached to anything 'super'.


Sunday, June 24 2001

The Cult / Stabbing Westward / Monster Magnet

Someday Ian Astbury and the boys might be able to play a concert based on scads of new material. Until then, the diehards who grew


Thursday, June 21 2001

George Carlin

“I’m a Fucking Visionary”George Carlin Stays Hungry (and Angry) This isn’t my father’s George Carlin, to pervert a phrase, something Carlin


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