Thursday, June 8, 2006 10:11 am

Jurassic 5, Sonic Youth, Abstract Giants, Chief Xcel, and Gift of Gab

HIGH FIVES: Desk Vinyl Static is what the Dubya’s dad might call a “kinder, gentler music critic.” When the message floated in that Jurassic 5 was finally dropping the ...
Thursday, June 1, 2006 03:26 am

Feathers can crash at my pad whenever they like

What if the Manson Family had been less of a patriarchal death cult and more of a freeform collective? What if they’d shacked up in cool, reasonable Vermont instead of hotheaded C...
Thursday, June 1, 2006 09:40 pm

Mr. Lif declared war on the government long ago — before it became fashionable

JUNEBUG: Rip the month of May off your calendar quick — the painfully slow month for shows and new releases has finally been put to rest, and not fast enough. Can you say, “...
Wednesday, May 24, 2006 02:32 pm

Celebrating those experimental Canadians, plus Basic Vocab

O CANADA! Let me reintroduce you to a little country I like to call Canada, the place where draft dodgers used to go and where everybody gets to see a doctor. But there’s so ...
Wednesday, May 24, 2006 03:46 pm

Neil Young’s ideological vicissitudes defy all reason

Now that President George W. Bush’s approval ratings are stagnating around 30 percent, protest songs are fashionable again, with everyone from Pink to Pearl Jam clamoring to kick ol...
Thursday, May 18, 2006 02:32 pm

Shipwreck hits town; Roots’ new release; shades of the Fugees

SHOWS A-GO-GO! Champaign-Urbana band Shipwreck ventures our way for a show at the Underground City Tavern on Saturday, May 20. If anyone can bring the rock, it’s Shipwreck. This y...
Thursday, May 18, 2006 08:20 pm

Susana Baca is fluent in the only speech that matters

Susana Baca Traves'as (Luaka Bop) Travesías means “passages” in Spanish, and it’s an especially appropriate title for Susana Baca’s latest album, her ...
Thursday, May 11, 2006 08:08 am

The Smoking Popes, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Black Angels

SHOWS-A-GO-GO! Is a party ever really over? The Smoking Popes certainly thought so when they recorded their final guitar-fueled romp, Party’s Over, in 1998, much to the disappointment ...
Thursday, May 11, 2006 07:34 am

Jolie Holland’s out with her third and best album

When I was 5 or 6 years old, I believed that musicals were real. When the time was right, the people around me would burst into song, and we could finally stop worrying about what to say nex...
Thursday, May 4, 2006 05:11 am

Matthew Sweet and Susanna Hoffs offer familiar favorites, brilliant obscurities

Matthew Sweet and Susanna Hoffs Under the Covers, Vol. 1 (Shout! Factory) When it comes to covers, there are two schools of thought. Adherents of the first try to re-...

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