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Wednesday, October 27, 2004

Sex, Love & Rock ’n’ Roll

Posted By on Wed, Oct 27, 2004 at 12:00 AM

“I’m the volume in your fucked-up teenage band,” says Mike Ness in “Don’t Take Me For Granted,” one of the ragged and melodic rockers on the new Sex, Love & Rock ’n’ Roll. The words pay tribute to founding Social Distortion member Dennis Danell, who died unexpectedly during the...

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Cactus

Posted By on Wed, Oct 27, 2004 at 12:00 AM

As a veteran of several Cactus gigs during the brawny combo’s 1970-1972 heyday, I distinctly recall being on the receiving end of disparaging remarks from my, er, chemically unenlightened associates, commentary that essentially went like this: “Yeah, but they’re just a boogie band, aren’t they?” Well, yeah, I s’pose...

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Slowly But Surely

Posted By on Wed, Oct 27, 2004 at 12:00 AM

Recorded in the traditionalist fold of London’s Toe-Rag Studios and featuring a crack backup band, Holly Golightly’s 13th album sports her usual vintage sashay. Whether it’s the loping Western swing of “Keeping On,” the Seeds-worthy garage rock fever of “In Your Head,” or the blowsy pre-rock swagger of “All...

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Wednesday, October 20, 2004

The Electras

Posted By on Wed, Oct 20, 2004 at 12:00 AM

With the presidential election drawing ever nearer, a new controversy has emerged that will serve to further distract both candidates from focusing on the real issues. That’s right, serious questions are again being raised about Senator John Kerry’s garage band record, on account of The Electras, the group’s 1961...

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This Week

Posted By on Wed, Oct 20, 2004 at 12:00 AM

The new-agey poster chick for female emcees is back with her long-awaited second album. And she’s amped to take on past critics and kick the sophomore jinx straight in its ass. Her debut, Attack of the Attacking Things managed the get the South African-born, New York-bred lyricist considerable underground...

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Wine, Women And Song

Posted By on Wed, Oct 20, 2004 at 12:00 AM

Metal is supposed to be brutal, and Porn (The Men Of) understands this. But when it’s also experimental, that’s when things get really hairy. For the Bay Area band’s latest Small Stone offering, lead Porner Tim Moss is joined by bassist/producer Billy Armstrong and Melvins drummer Dale Crover for...

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Bing with a Beat

Posted By on Wed, Oct 20, 2004 at 12:00 AM

I know a lot of you wiseacres think this title has something to do with Der Bingle being such a strict hands-on disciplinarian with his sons! B-uh-uh-BAH! This 1957 collection of Dixieland jazz, universally acknowledged as his finest long-player, goes a long way to explaining his appeal before “Road”...

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Duran Duran

Posted By on Wed, Oct 20, 2004 at 12:00 AM

No, it’s not the Killers dressed up in Duran Duran novelty masks. Astronaut is a full-fledged Duran reunion, from the Taylors times three to Nick Rhodes and Simon LeBon. The greatest band of the video age has aged into gallant mascara robots, but still brings the big choruses quite...

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Junior Boys

Posted By on Wed, Oct 20, 2004 at 12:00 AM

If the Scissor Sisters cut the sound track to summer flings, the Junior Boys have pasted together an autumnal pastiche of singlehood. This blue-eyed soul reminiscent of Hall & Oates, led by Jeremy Greenspan and Johnny Dark, blends with pop electro into a “sad dance” category that tips its...

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Wednesday, October 13, 2004

Painting a Burning Building

Posted By on Wed, Oct 13, 2004 at 12:00 AM

Singer-songwriter Brandon Wiard’s got a pop savant’s sensibility but shows enough breadth of imagination and balls to throw out the power pop rulebook before someone starts calling him the next Matthew Sweet. He opens with the quirky walloper “Already In Amazement” that sets you up for a frivolous poppy...

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