Saturday, December 31 1994
Listening to Men Called Him Mister by Haywood, brings me back to the early ‘90s, I’m crammed in a sweaty club watching Pavement, or
As ska moved from Jamaican soul music to American homogenized banality, bands like Hot Stove Jimmy interceded and saved ska from itself.
Working through Hefner’s The Fidelity Wars is like listening to an ex’s mixtape that has been buried in a shoebox for months, its
The rising star’s name is Ben Harper, and he is being called a compilation of the immortals: Jimi Hendrix, Bob Marley, and Bob Dylan.
The formula of heavy beats, electronic loops, and traditional instruments combined with elegant female vocals has served everyone from its pioneer Bjork to Mono and
In 1990, Mango released Yalla - Hitlist Egypt, an essential collection of Egyptian pop music with top-notch selections from artists working in both the sha’abi
Richie Havens is a masterful singer and guitarist with a deep mahogany voice and an eclectic picking style who had defined himself in the wake
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Those smart folks that picked up last year’s Stadium Blitzer will undoubtedly hit the payload with Ghosts Of Hallelujah, as Austin’s best band
While Sonic Youth’s sound is based greatly on the interplay between two guitarists, the fifth release in their SYR series is nearly guitar-free. What’
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Goo’s Elements comes on like a throwback to several bygone eras of breakbeat and updated hip-hop. Though released this year, Elements has much of
It’s tough being Gomez. Last year the British press labelled the band the saviors of British rock, then turned around and called Beta Band
Every once in a while, a band comes along that invites you to turn back the clock, follow Sherman and Mr. Peabody into the Way-Back
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Laurent Garnier is hardly a stranger to media laurels, critics and scenesters alike pronouncing him a pioneer and a visionary. When the Gallic Garnier moved
Singer-songwriters Debbie Andrews and Mike Blaxill front this quintet that’s equal parts Poco and Posies; great harmony-laced pop with a touch of 1970’s California.
I love these credits: “Golden Delicious would like to extend our greatest thanks, appreciation and love to everyone who shared live experiences with us as
Despite the intervening years of New Romantic pop, goth, grunge, electronica, and the pop renaissance, Gang of Four’s funky, intellectual post-punk attack has lost