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  • Fridge / Four Tet

    published December 13, 2001

    For all the progress they've made toward introducing "out" sounds to "in" audiences, what I like most about the bands typically clumped into the... More >>

  • Live For Today

    published December 6, 2001

    Raul Malo's a nice guy--a real charmer, actually, the kind who bounds into a room and gives you a hearty-ass handshake, asks how you're doing and... More >>

  • Maxwell, Angie Stone

    published December 6, 2001

    I don't envy those on the frontlines of the neo-soul revolution. Sure, there are perks: fame, fortune, a permanent spot on MTV2, the chance to... More >>

  • Shelby Lynne

    published December 6, 2001

    To basically everyone who heard it, Shelby Lynne earned the right to call her breakthrough album I Am Shelby Lynne--no matter that it was... More >>

  • Les Savy Fav, The Dismemberment Plan

    published November 29, 2001

    The greater Dallas-Fort Worth area is quite a haul from Providence, Rhode Island, but on Friday and Saturday night this weekend, you'd be forgiven... More >>

  • Sum 41

    published November 22, 2001

    I got over my problems reconciling blink-182's quasi-libertarian attitude and its major-label affiliation the first time I learned how fond the... More >>

  • Call and Response

    published November 22, 2001

    If the destruction of September 11 took with all the lives and the buildings America's love affair with irony (as more than a few self-serving... More >>

  • Spirits in the Sky

    published November 15, 2001

    Given the blissfully strung-out nature of the records he makes as Spiritualized--grandiose affairs in which the space-rock cosmos are studded... More >>

  • Independent's Day

    published November 15, 2001

    Every so often a record comes along that, no matter how much you want to hate it, you can't help loving it. This year's best example of that is... More >>

  • Photo Finish

    published November 8, 2001

    If you've got the time and/or the money and/or the sanity to keep close tabs on America's bustling indie-rock underground, you no doubt know that... More >>

  • Family Values Tour

    published November 1, 2001

    For the first time since its 1998 inception, the hard-rocking, shit-talking Family Values Tour isn't an entirely ironic venture. Sure, the... More >>

  • Nathan Larson / A Camp

    published November 1, 2001

    Getting married is probably a trip: If you're in love, vowing the vows can undo that; if you're not, the legality may tie the knot. And if... More >>

  • The Dismemberment Plan

    published October 25, 2001

    The only chore that goes along with being into the Dismemberment Plan--a Washington, D.C., outfit that in about three years has gone from... More >>

  • Out & About

    published October 18, 2001

    Is emo dead? It seems like just yesterday when bands like the Promise Ring, the Get Up Kids and Jimmy Eat World were marrying punk's wily chug... More >>

  • Dancer in the Dark

    published September 27, 2001

    Though I've just had a conversation with singer Todd Baechle in which we took turns saying things, there's still a couple of questions about... More >>

  • Out & About

    published September 27, 2001

    On the first song of his band's new album, right as Quasi dude Sam Coomes' cracked-ass organ rides drummer Scott Plouf's Bonham-heavy... More >>

  • Tenacious D

    published September 27, 2001

    You don't have to believe it to laugh your face off, but you'll get more out of the self-titled debut by L.A. comedy duo Tenacious D if you... More >>

  • Miranda Lee Richards / Paula Frazer

    published September 27, 2001

    When Mick Jagger sang of the girl who "comes in colors everywhere" in "She's a Rainbow," a gorgeously loopy ode to a flower-wearing,... More >>

  • Out & About

    published September 20, 2001

    In the indie-rock underground, the skinny white kids in vintage ringer tees don't really pick their battles. There's the arm-crossers and the... More >>

  • Bilal / Usher / Chocolate Genius

    published September 13, 2001

    African-American pop's had a wild ride over the past two years. In the Top 40 division, business is booming: Destiny's Child has virtually... More >>

  • The Great Divide

    published August 30, 2001

    James Mercer, a quiet, soft-spoken guy from Albuquerque, New Mexico, is helping save the music he loves best. He'd probably never tell you... More >>

  • Out & About

    published August 30, 2001

    As the reasonably dependable member of the fourth estate I take myself for--shit, Dubya sucks--I can see the merit in two recent descriptions... More >>

  • The Short Cut

    published August 23, 2001

    Andrew Kenny has a problem, and he isn't ashamed to admit it: He likes long songs. Songs so long they seem to have no end. Songs so long they... More >>

  • Out & About

    published August 23, 2001

    Stake a place near the front of the stage at the Gypsy Tea Room tonight to see a guy trying hard to define himself playing music that works... More >>

  • 'N Sync

    published August 9, 2001

    By this point, there isn't anyone out there still eager to play the serious-music card, is there? No one champing at the bit to discredit... More >>

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