Saturday, December 31 1994
Almost never less than entertaining, this album presents saxophonist Perry and the Edmonton Orchestra in a combination of jazz, classical, and pop (in the sense
It’s tempting to call the Pietasters the saviors of American third-wave ska, but the fact is they may really just be its sole survivors.
All Systems Gone is truly an incredible album. My first impression was of a slightly more carefree version of Portishead, with maybe a little bit of Seal thrown in to boot.
Jarvis Cocker and company have never shied away from making grand statements, and We Love Life, Pulp’s latest album, is no exception. Rather than
Ahh, youth and pop. Footless and fetterless…the gawky yet infectious insouciance. That defined Plumtree a few years ago: An energetic first single and later
Pillbox is a UK-based indie rock band created solely by Los Angeles native Susan Hyatt, a very bizarre individual indeed. It’s not Susan’s
We all know music can become white noise; a radio or CD on an extremely low volume is just enough to take the creepy sterile silence out of the air. But can white noise become music?
The country music industry is about ready for the same type of change that Noir brought to Hollywood. Michael Peterson is not, however, leading the
Rahsaan Patterson is no more distinguishable from the cabal of similarly sounding R&B acts that proliferate today. He sounds sort of like Stevie
This is the type of mainstream, straight-ahead jazz that is apparently selling well in the wake of Ken Burns’ “controversial” history of the subject. Lively,
From the very beginning of Prepare to Greet a Guest, Palace of Oranges reveals an intense amount of energy. Guitar-heavy without being loud, Palace of
Just when you least expected it, Prince, of all people, has reemerged on the music scene. First, it was announced that The Artist had signed
Radical critiques of American foreign policy with a good beat that you can dance to are few and far between. When it comes to the
The experience of playing Kendall Payne’s Jordan’s Sister is like listening to a really great cover band. It is as if Payne had
It’s worth unpacking this Austin-based band’s odd name because it gives some insight into their situation. Like all indie bands, they’re crippled
Penny’s Pet Dragonfly are from Las Vegas. A reserved modern rock band coming out of the city where anything goes? Might seem like a
OK, so it snowed. A lot. But the snow itself is not the problem. You know what the problem is? Meteorologists. If the stupid meteorologists
Heartbreak, loneliness, feeling like an outcast in society . . . these themes have no doubt filled a near-infinite number of recorded minutes, from the first days of
Ah, the joys of “alternative” pop/rock. The endless counting off of variations on what remains, really, less than a handful of themes. The reason
These are the original irresistible, propulsive mambos that earned Perez Prado his crown as “The King of Mambo.” The first track here is the first