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Wednesday, November 28, 2001

Solid Steel Presents Now, Listen!

Posted By on Wed, Nov 28, 2001 at 12:00 AM

Once upon a time — or so the legend in the liner notes goes — there was a pirate radio station in London called KISS-FM that broadcast a “little show that could” called “Solid Steel.” The show was saddled with the tagline: “The Broadest Beats in London.” And, indeed,...

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Invincible

Posted By on Wed, Nov 28, 2001 at 12:00 AM

Last week, a friend asked whether I think ’N Sync will replace Michael Jackson as the new King of Pop. Not that it mattered to either of us, but a hardy “hell naw” was my professional reply. By this time next year, O-Town could be top pop dog, ’N...

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The Argument

Posted By on Wed, Nov 28, 2001 at 12:00 AM

Fugazi’s new album, The Argument, is a surprise treasure. After more than a decade, the band is still making challenging, interesting, rocking material. Keeping a low profile and having a progressive musical philosophy has allowed the group to do things on its own terms. And here is a relevant,...

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Wicked Grin

Posted By on Wed, Nov 28, 2001 at 12:00 AM

When a musician decides to make a CD in tribute to somebody else, performing covers of that artist’s music, there’s always the risk that the interpretation won’t measure up to the original version, especially if the original is a classic. And anyone who knows Tom Waits knows he’s a...

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Sinner Street

Posted By on Wed, Nov 28, 2001 at 12:00 AM

Fans of blues guitar virtuoso Jimmy Thackery have known for a while that he is one of the best and least appreciated blues-rock guitarists on the scene today. Although he’s been flying under his own flag for more than a decade now, he has yet to break through to...

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51 Phantom

Posted By on Wed, Nov 28, 2001 at 12:00 AM

In the blues, raw is God. Raw-dog. Nasty, ugly stuff. Stuff you shield your kid’s eyes from. Stuff that makes the old lady faint. Stuff that makes you want to start drinking again. The North Mississippi Allstars have this rawness, evidenced from their incredible debut, Shake Hands With Shorty,...

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Wednesday, November 21, 2001

Asterisk ("*")

Posted By on Wed, Nov 21, 2001 at 12:00 AM

I don’t think it’s selling Triangle short to say that the band comes on like Mouse on Mars and lingers like Built to Spill. Because between these two indie-rock poles lies a vast landscape of familiar-yet-reworked turf, and the two indie “proles” of Triangle do their best to map...

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Live in Atlanta

Posted By on Wed, Nov 21, 2001 at 12:00 AM

On a personal note, I miss Josh, man. Members of the hometown blues community know without question that Motor City Josh Ford was one of the brightest lights on the local blues scene before he moved down south to Atlanta. The boy can stroke the guitar like nobody’s business, but...

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Live Trane: The European Tours

Posted By on Wed, Nov 21, 2001 at 12:00 AM

The stats for this boxed set are impressive: seven CDs recorded over two years (November 1961 to November 1963), 20 of 38 cuts previously unreleased, approximately 11 hours of music. One of the greatest saxophonists of the past century is heard playing outside the confines of an early-’60s recording...

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Sound-Dust

Posted By on Wed, Nov 21, 2001 at 12:00 AM

Stereolab takes a maximal approach on its recent album, Sound-Dust, using electronic sounds, guitar, bass, piano, organ, a horn section, glockenspiel, harpsichord, flute, harmonica and other instruments. It sounds like an interesting mix, sure to create a diverse collection, but all of the songs sound oddly similar and Sound-Dust...

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