Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Back to Black

Posted By on Wed, Apr 25, 2007 at 12:00 AM

While Newsweek wasted an entire page talking about her out-of-control drinking and raging fists, I'll only waste two sentences. Sure, the image goes in hand with the music (or the name) — Winehouse's unapologetic rejection of sobriety on "Rehab" is the built-in promotional tool that lets PR guys go home...

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Yes I'm a Witch

Posted By on Wed, Apr 25, 2007 at 12:00 AM

You either respect Yoko Ono as an artist, the presence that loomed so heavily in John Lennon's post-Beatles career, or loathe her as a more pretentious Linda McCartney who broke up the band. Either way, she's part of pop history. For Yes I'm a Witch, Ono's tapped a who's-who of...

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Posted By on Wed, Apr 25, 2007 at 12:00 AM

Chimaira are the quiet loners of metalcore, preferring the comfort of their own dark thoughts to those of their more popular peers. While just as intense as their death-metal cousins, the Cleveland sextet is not nearly as relentless — there's too much room for melody and prog experimentalism (such as...

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There's no 666 in Outer-space

Posted By on Wed, Apr 25, 2007 at 12:00 AM

While hardly mainstream fodder, the duo of Spencer Seim and Zach Hill take a step toward accessibility as they morph into a prog rock quintet, headed by caterwauling singer Aaron Ross. Like Mars Volta with a sense of humor or a noisier, more inscrutable Primus, Hella works whirling-dervish pyrotechnics into...

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Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Short stack of cool

The Go’s latest, its influences and you

Posted By on Wed, Apr 18, 2007 at 12:00 AM

Dressed up in splotchy Partridge Family hues of tangerine orange, lima bean green, and that curious cornflower blue unique to toys and Buicks of the era, Fisher-Price’s plastic wind-up phonograph is an icon of the 1970s. Its blocky tone arm was great, and so was the scratchy sound that tickled...

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Thursday, April 5, 2007

Loftus' other fanboy crush REVEALED.

Posted By on Thu, Apr 5, 2007 at 12:50 PM

The guesses have petered, and the jokes, however funny, have ended. (Care might win with Foreigner. C’mon, Foreigner?) And that means it’s finally time to reveal my other shameless fanboy crush besides Sebadoh. Are you ready? It’s Sahara Hotnights, the Swedish quartet who, like most Swedish groups, have the sick...

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Monday, April 2, 2007

Thoughts on Wrestlemania 23.

Posted By on Mon, Apr 2, 2007 at 2:48 PM

REALITY SHOW The WWE’s Wrestlemania is a brand that lives and breathes “It’s fake,” that old dismissal of professional wrestling, is still true of Vince McMahon’s WWE. Its wrestlers are outsized characters, the storylines are written with entertainment in mind, and the matches are meticulously choreographed set pieces, right down...

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