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  • Lift Every Voice


    Lift Every Voice

    September 11 affected us all in different ways, and the way it affected Bruce Springsteen was thisas the second tower toppled from the sky, he was plunged into a world of eternal vagueness. You can wander through The Rising for countless stanzas wit...

    by Keith Harris on August 6, 2002
  • Foyer Mansion


    Foyer Mansion

    The minor miracle of the last Queens of the Stone Age record was the way it opened up dramatic new possibilities for metal and so-called "stoner-rock" without exactly belonging to either genre: It was too sonically varied to qualify as a zone-out rec...

    by Christian Hoard on August 6, 2002
  • Article

    Slim Swanee

    Anti-downloading advocacy be damned: Put an a cappella mix of your single out there and the digital wolves are bound to descend. Want proof? Go to www.base58.com/booms/, and you'll discover dozens of available bootleg remixes of Eminem's "Without Me....

    by Michaelangelo Matos on August 6, 2002
  • Music



    Tough Cookie Me'shell Ndegeocello's head is a barometer. She plays music in time signatures even Stephen Hawking couldn't count, and when her unstable soul-jazz fusion fizzes and frays, she sets her brow into a pair of parentheses, as though conc...

    on August 6, 2002
  • Let's Retroactive!


    Let's Retroactive!

    When a record's irony has more layers than an onion, it almost makes you want to cry. There is a lot to peel away before reaching the essence of the shagadelic soundtrack to the recent film CQ, though its core will more likely elicit a smile (or a sh...

    by Eric Demby on August 6, 2002
  • No Jagged Edges - Neo-Soul Men Take the Emery Board to Their Heroes


    No Jagged Edges - Neo-Soul Men Take the Emery Board to Their Heroes

    Here's one for the ages: Post-millennial female soul singers are (a) bold, assertive, and bodacious sistaaaaahs with chops and attitude to spare, or simply (b) self-confident, talented women who compare favorably to a crop of male singers who often s...

    by Tony Green on July 30, 2002
  • Article

    Agitated Again

    Now that recent reissues have adequately cemented the semi-legends of Cleveland proto-punk groups like Rocket From the Tombs and the Electric Eels, the logical next step is to bring the story up-to-date. Amoeba (Raft Boy) was the most recent (1996) m...

    by Daniel Dimaggio on July 30, 2002
  • Article

    Earle Brown, 19262002 - Composing in the Air

    The last generation of famous modernists was born in the 1920s, and they seem to be passing away before our eyes. Earle Brown, one of the last figures who created the American musical revolution of the 1960s, died on July 2. (In a curious coincidence...

    on July 30, 2002
  • God Only Knows My Butt


    God Only Knows My Butt

    Well, this is the moment dreaded by every serious "rock writer" . . . Yep, the kind of situation that prevented Greil Marcus from ever hanging out much around the Band's or Bobby-D's road crews . . . altho Keith Richards and Nick Kent might have had ...

    by Metal Mike Saunders on July 30, 2002
  • Music



    Battleship PowerBook Brian Eno once made a case for turning the word pretentious into a compliment, arguing that artists need experimental leaps of faith into the highfalutin to achieve something new. Like many current Icelandic musicians, the t...

    on July 30, 2002
  • Disco Still Not Disco - New York Rockers Remember How to Dance


    Disco Still Not Disco - New York Rockers Remember How to Dance

    "When I was little, I always wished that I'd grow up to be surrounded by gorgeous men," self-described fag hag Margaret Cho cracks in her movie I'm the One That I Want. "And now I am, and I should have been more specific." I know what she means. When...

    by Douglas Wolk on July 30, 2002
  • Happy Loving Couples


    Happy Loving Couples

    For those emotionally invested in American underground punkyou know, the noisy, cult-specific upchuck rock of severely lowered popular expectationsthe summer's most exciting, revelatory, and potentially epoch-defining package outing is something ca...

    by Joe Gross on July 23, 2002
  • Article

    Screaming Is Free

    The Blood Brothers are guaranteed to clear a dancefloor. And they should be guaranteed to clear your skin via Dr. Z's acid-blister method, too, but that process is trademarked (or should be anyhow; have you seen the results this guy gets? Probably, i...

    by Nick Catucci on July 23, 2002
  • Home of the Brave - Westernizing Anglophone West Africa


    Home of the Brave - Westernizing Anglophone West Africa

    Insofar as it uses electric instruments or horns, all African popular music is, to use the strange Orientalist term, Westernized. Afrobeat, however, took Westernization to new spiritual heights. The style invented and still dominated by the late Fela...

    by Robert Christgau on July 23, 2002
  • Music



    Puffy the Diva Slayers A pop duo idolized by millions performed here on Saturday night, but you've probably never heard of them. In their home country of Japan, Puffy (known as Puffy AmiYumi in America, for obvious reasons) sell massive amounts...

    on July 23, 2002
  • The Road to Mecha


    The Road to Mecha

    Scientists at the World Economic Forum predicted on Friday a grim future replete with unprecedented biological threats, global warming and the possible takeover of humans by robots. Reuters, February 1, 2002 Not to worry. The Flaming Lips have ...

    by Jessica Winter on July 23, 2002
  • Article

    Whose Kiss Is This

    Paulina Rubio is even sexier in English than in Spanish. Or maybe it's not she but her music that's sexier. You can compare the two great dance-sex tracks on Border Girl, her first English-language album, to the Spanish versions, and in the English t...

    by Frank Kogan on July 23, 2002
  • Article

    Sugar On Me

    As deceptively sweet as the Shirelles, with moments of Shangri-Las-style radical moodiness, the All Girl Summer Fun Band claim "fun" as both the good and the bad. Whatever the circumstances (and many involve dudes), this team of Oregon ladies want to...

    by Hillary Chute on July 23, 2002
  • Article

    Who Needs Eminem?

    Reviewing the Vines' debut single, New Musical Express gushed thusly: "You've got to imagine that by the end of the year, the Vines are going to be bigger than U2, Gareth Gates and Nickelback combined. We're not joking. This is a record you must own....

    by Christian Hoard on July 16, 2002
  • Article

    Destroyed - Hip-Hop's Ur-Self Got Himself a War

    It figured to be an anointment. Last week's Hot 97 Summer Jam was Nasir Jones's forum. The previous year, he'd been skewered by Jay-Z; this time, he was headlining, a symbolic acknowledgment that in the battle of titans that engulfed hip-hop last win...

    by Jon Caramanica on July 16, 2002
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