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  • Deep six: The ungrateful dead

    published December 28, 1995

    1. Jerry Garcia. It was fitting that the man who specialized in 15-minute guitar solos would die in his sleep. 2. Selena. The assassination... More >>

  • Who gives a Hootie?

    published December 28, 1995

    The rock and roll made in 1995 leaves in its wake a noxious odor (which might be coming from sweaty Blues Traveler John Popper) that will surely... More >>

  • Out There

    published December 21, 1995

    The yokel yenta Bad Girls Upset by the Truth Jo Carol Pierce Monkey Hill Records When Jo Carol Pierce and the rest of her... More >>

  • Rhythm and Jews

    published December 21, 1995

    Did you hear the one about the Jew who played in a bluegrass band? This Jewish musician was proficient at his trade, a banjo player highly... More >>

  • Out Here

    published December 14, 1995

    All honky, no tonk Stormy John B. Wells Kansa Records Back when Jim Beck ruled Ross Avenue, recording the likes of Lefty... More >>

  • Roadshows

    published December 14, 1995

    Paper thin A singer-songwriter better known as the latter but desperate to be famous as the former, John Hiatt stages more comebacks than... More >>

  • Out There

    published December 7, 1995

    Brought the noise Def Jam Music 10th Year Anniversary Various artists Def Jam If hip-hop has becomes its own worst enemy,... More >>

  • Who's next

    published December 7, 1995

    "I'm a firm believer that at least half of the population is mentally retarded, and I think I'm being kind of nice to tell you the truth. That's... More >>

  • Roadshows

    published November 30, 1995

    Son of Tupelo "Wilco sounds like Wilco, but Son Volt sounds like Uncle Tupelo." So said a member of Wilco before their astonishing show at... More >>

  • Out There

    published November 30, 1995

    Lots of cash and free time P P Capitol Records Johnny Depp needs Gibby Haynes for the credibility, the kind every... More >>

  • Giddy-up!

    published November 30, 1995

    The wind kicks up suddenly and swiftly out of the south, sending dirt into the eyes and mouths of the dozen or so construction workers outside a... More >>

  • Out There

    published November 23, 1995

    Beached boy Orange Crate Art Brian Wilson and Van Dyke Parks Warner Bros. Records Whatever their collaborations in the... More >>

  • Out Here

    published November 23, 1995

    Blow fi the American Analog Set the American Analog Set Independent Them indie-rockers are a tortured lot--torn between... More >>

  • Roadshows

    published November 23, 1995

    Gang of snore On the face of it, which is about as deep as you can go with this band, there's nothing much to like about Elastica and... More >>

  • Paint it Black

    published November 23, 1995

    Barron Storey is searching for a painting, determined to find a specific piece of his work among the many stashed away in a hall closet. He bends... More >>

  • Out There

    published November 16, 1995

    Fade away...please...God Stripped The Rolling Stones Virgin Records The title hints at an "unplugged" set-up--acoustic... More >>

  • Roadshows

    published November 16, 1995

    Soul survivor There's a genius in there somewhere--a genuine artist instead of a bullshit artist, Prince instead of Lenny Kravitz. But... More >>

  • Out There

    published November 9, 1995

    Moody music Original Soundtracks 1 Passengers Island Records The Passengers are Brian Eno and U2 with special guests; the... More >>

  • Out Here

    published November 9, 1995

    Vaughan, not forgotten Greatest Hits Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble Epic Records A best-of that kicks off with a... More >>

  • Indie, outie

    published November 2, 1995

    "Indie-rock," once used simply to describe music made on independent record labels with no connections to the majors, has become a genre unto... More >>

  • Roadshows

    published November 2, 1995

    Mumbling toward Bethlehem When he wants--when the mood strikes him and the lights aren't too bright and the planets are aligned and the... More >>

  • Far from Gone

    published October 26, 1995

    To make a point about a song on his new album Gone, to underline how easy it would be to make a rock song sound like a country song sound like a... More >>

  • Out There

    published October 26, 1995

    It's a Moog point return of The Rentals The Rentals Maverick/Reprise Weezer's 1994 debut revealed the occasional and... More >>

  • Big drummer boy

    published October 19, 1995

    When his phone rings at the allotted time--precisely at midnight, as per his request--Will Johnson is fast asleep. His voice groggy, his words at... More >>

  • Out Here

    published October 19, 1995

    Heavy, not metal Love American Style Caulk One Ton Records Caulk's debut EP Learn to Take wasn't metal, not really,... More >>

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