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Wednesday, August 28, 2002

Up All Night

Posted By on Wed, Aug 28, 2002 at 12:00 AM

The band this paper’s own Chris Handyside so deftly described in ’99 as “trash-rock” specialists (the “lo-fi aesthetic and lyrical celebration of the low life”) is back with a second full-length helpin’ of gore. The sound is sleeker and less primitive than on 2001’s Strange Girls — that CD...

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America’s Most Wanton

Posted By on Wed, Aug 28, 2002 at 12:00 AM

The story of the Sillies is a long, tangled yarn stretching all the way back to Easter ’77 when the Motor City’s newest entry into punk rock debuted on a bill with the MC5 and the Ron Asheton/Mike Davis incarnation of Destroy All Monsters. The trajectory since then is...

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The Rising

Posted By on Wed, Aug 28, 2002 at 12:00 AM

More than any American pop star not named Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen inspires the kind of exhaustive analysis that critics reserve for major cultural icons. No matter what the national mood, his politically charged works document in unsettling detail the corruption of the American Dream — all within the...

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Trinity: Past, Present & Future

Posted By on Wed, Aug 28, 2002 at 12:00 AM

With Trinity: Past, Present & Future, the group’s third album, Slum Village answers doubts about its viability after the recent departure of producer Jay Dilla (Jay Dee, who still produced three tracks on this disc). Dilla had been considered by many the cornerstone of the group. The new lineup...

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Wednesday, August 21, 2002

Blind pig

Posted By on Wed, Aug 21, 2002 at 12:00 AM

The Pig sticks to its original down and dirty blues roots by proudly defying the current trend of programming DJs and electronic music. The sounds from this stage are made by real people playing real instruments, which makes the Blind Pig an oasis in a digital world for local groups as well as national acts.

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Le Funk

Posted By on Wed, Aug 21, 2002 at 12:00 AM

Listening to Le Funk, it’s hard to believe its makers were once an avant-noise band from the inbred Louisville, Ky., indier-than-thou scene — which is why Le Funk is as intriguing as it is good. The story goes that VHS or Beta, tired of the self-exiled indie pretension of...

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Sea Change

Posted By on Wed, Aug 21, 2002 at 12:00 AM

Talk about a confounding chronology. Following the 1999 release of Midnite Vultures, Beck was quick to volunteer that it, and not 1998’s acoustic offering Mutations, was intended as the “true” follow-up to his 1996 smash, Odelay. Now, three years later, comes Sea Change, the long-awaited follow-up to — you...

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Black Rooster

Posted By on Wed, Aug 21, 2002 at 12:00 AM

The Kills is yet another age-old reaction of the raw, gutsy factions (read: indie lo-fi) trying to oust the glossy pop (whatever pop may be) that clogs the contemporary mainstream. Much like grunge delivered the knockout blow to the ’80’s Sunset Strip hair bands, this decade’s lo-fi set appears...

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The Blue

Posted By on Wed, Aug 21, 2002 at 12:00 AM

As long as Jeff Maylin has been around the Detroit blues scene, it’s surprising that The Blue is his first solo project. It seems everybody who knows more than a couple tunes has a photo and a CD to pass out these days, so what gives? Sometimes the better...

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Wednesday, August 14, 2002

Murray Street

Posted By on Wed, Aug 14, 2002 at 12:00 AM

Easily the finest offering from the Big Apple foursome — actually, a fivesome now — since 1988’s epochal Daydream Nation, Murray Street is a muscular, artful continuation of the band’s creative comeback that began in 2000 with NYC Ghosts & Flowers. While Sonic Youth’s ’90s output wasn’t subpar by...

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