Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Lucky

Posted By on Wed, Feb 20, 2008 at 12:00 AM

After resurrecting their career from the post- "Popular" slag heap by re-imagining their buoyant Weezer-pop into the melancholy, drifting post-collegiate mien of 2002's Let Go, Nada Surf stood still. Their follow-up, The Weight is a Gift, made the mistake of lingering and allowing the seams to show in their somewhat...

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Odelay – Deluxe Edition

Posted By on Wed, Feb 20, 2008 at 12:00 AM

Nestled between such dour '90s landmarks as Nevermind and OK Computer, Odelay was that rare happy-go-lucky record that achieved major critical and commercial success during a decade in which angst was prized over playfulness. Twelve years later, Beck's breakthrough returns dressed up in a two-disc deluxe edition that, if anything,...

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Power of the Damager

Posted By on Wed, Feb 20, 2008 at 12:00 AM

As long as veteran thrash metalists Prong remember all the words their name rhymes with — strong, bong, shlong and, most importantly, song, they can't do anything to piss off their loyal following ever again. Following a 1996 split, they returned with a premature reunion album, Scorpio Rising, that was...

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District Line

Posted By on Wed, Feb 20, 2008 at 12:00 AM

To think there was once a time when 30 was considered way too "old" for a rock musician! I mean, just imagine Mick Jagger singing "Satisfaction" at 40. Crazy thoughts! Surely, a stable career in finance would beckon. Well, for Mr. Jagger, in a sense it did. He just managed...

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Brighter Than Creation’s Dark

Posted By on Wed, Feb 20, 2008 at 12:00 AM

For a greater part of this decade, these guys have been one of the few American bands that can truly be called great. On their latest effort — a sprawling 19-song disc, nostalgically divided into four sides (and their first without key member Jason Isbell) — the Truckers retrieve the...

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Second coming

Posted By on Wed, Feb 20, 2008 at 12:00 AM

Due to a religious right that was screwing things up even then, a worried Columbia Records cowardly retitled this seminal New Wave classic Pure Pop for Now People upon its 1978 U.S. release. In many ways, however, the American title was the more appropriate one, since this was indeed pure...

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Monday, February 18, 2008

OUT COME THE FREAKS

Posted By on Mon, Feb 18, 2008 at 6:56 PM

From all accounts, Detroit expatriates Was (Not Was) delivered one helluva show in Los Angeles last Thursday night, February 14th. It was the first show "the Was brothers," Don and David, have performed in the city of Angels in quite a few years, this one to kick off the hype...

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Wednesday, February 13, 2008

eMUSIC A&R TARGETS A2 BAND

Posted By on Wed, Feb 13, 2008 at 6:02 PM

eMusic, the world’s largest retailer of independent music (at least according to their latest press release!), has announced the creation of eMusic Selects, a highly-curated boutique music space that’ll showcase unsigned and underexposed new artists. Each month, eMusic’s staff will handpick up to two deserving artists for high-profile visibility to...

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"HE'S SUPPOSED TO BE THE HIP-HOP MAYOR...."

Posted By on Wed, Feb 13, 2008 at 5:42 PM

Most of us believe that Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick is bad news...but local Detroit hip-hop artist The Virus firmly believes the Mayor was involved in the highly-publicized murder of the stripper named Strawberry...and that Kwame's administration covered the whole mess up. Hopefully, the truth will eventually come out in the wash...

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Wishin' and hopin'

Posted By on Wed, Feb 13, 2008 at 12:00 AM

Ever since her wonderful 2000 Grammy-winning breakthrough album, I Am Shelby Lynne, many critics have bent over backward to compare Ms. Lynne to the incredible Dusty Springfield. "Killin' Kind," the single from her follow-up Love, Shelby album was exactly the kind of pure POP! gem that Springfield used to make...

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