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Thursday, July 21, 2005 01:16 pm

Balancing contrary forces

For the past decade, Joe Pernice has practiced the art of pop chiaroscuro, crafting sunny songs with sudden shadows and dark songs that dazzle. With its buoyant hooks, ...
Thursday, July 21, 2005 07:24 pm
In 1990, two average groups from the Boulder, Colo., area joined forces, and ended up creating one of the most popular jam bands to fill the void left by the decomposition of...
Thursday, July 14, 2005 06:36 pm

Son Volt’s back, with new urgency

The first new Son Volt full-length in seven years, Okemah and the Melody of Riot boasts exactly one original member: Jay Farrar, the band’s founder, frontm...
Thursday, July 14, 2005 06:35 am
What makes for a great death-metal band? The vocals — guttural roars and growls — are savage. The lyrics are painfully dark. The tempo is abrupt, the guitar-play ...
Thursday, July 7, 2005 05:57 pm

Ying Yang’s misogynist harangue

It’s hard to hate the Ying Yang Twins as much as I should, but it’s equally hard to defend them. In the interest of full disclosure, I was ushered into puberty by...
Thursday, June 30, 2005 09:02 pm
Victor Wooten picked up the bass at the age of 3 and never looked back. “Back then, it was a chance to be like my brothers,” Wooten says. “All my brothers...
Thursday, June 30, 2005 05:57 pm

A bumpy journey, in the Fog

Writing about Gertrude Stein’s long and difficult The Making of Americans, literary critic Richard Bridgman likened the author’s technique to that of a novice dri...
Thursday, June 23, 2005 09:02 pm

Meet the Redwalls

On De Nova, their second album (and major-label debut), the Redwalls deliver ’60s-era blues-based Brit rock with an audacity peculiar to the very young and the not-so-t...
Thursday, June 16, 2005 08:59 pm

An odd pairing and 10 stunning tracks

At first blush, the pairing seems odd: abrasive American indie-rock idol and whimsical French soundtrack doyen. Like horseradish and marzipan, they’re two...
Thursday, June 9, 2005 05:38 pm

Radical departure into the Woods

Being a feminist rock fan is a lot like being a gay Republican — theoretically possible but, in practice, often demeaning. If you insist on living out the oxymoron, be ...


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