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  • 12 years ago

    "Solidly in the tradition of Stooges/NY Dolls rock" . . . wait, wait, all the red lights in the universe flashed on the nanosecond my internal fact checkers saw that phrase. So I asked around—as in, I queried some rock experts whose music col...

  • 12 years ago

    Racking barely 60 days after one of the most mind-numbing, torturously dull femme hit album debuts of the century (from the Simpson who doesn't cover dopey '80s Berlin hits), Canuck Skye Sweetnam's Noise From the Basement debut is filled without p...

  • 12 years ago

    In the grand tradition of Buddah Records' 1967-69 era, the best song right now on kidpop radio Top 30 is by a nonexistent entity—"Notice Me" by the Zetta Bytes. The Bytes are a completely anonymous studio construct (in this world), who in the...

  • 12 years ago

    Well! My my my. Let's take a head count of the biggest names in the way overhyped "garage band" revival: the Hives, the Strokes, the White Stripes (Lee Michaels with Frosty rocked harder), the Vines, the Yeah Yuppy Yups, and about 17 lesser lights...

  • 12 years ago

    The Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen soundtrack is a complete non-starter for Lindsay Lohan's aspirations as the next Hilary Duff ( = actress as part-time rock star, starting with a movie soundtrack's mini-entry point). (Let's just call any fu...

  • 13 years ago

    On Necktie Second, Find a Door, and Spacey and Shakin', Pete Droge laid down a plethora of tracks that I personally have found middling to major pleasure out of since the mid '90s: good tunes, swell singing, positively terrific guitar playing. I'm...


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