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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 ...
Thursday, June 2, 2005 06:40 am

Gorgeous vocals, nearly naked

No singer/songwriter bums out more beautifully than Aimee Mann. Since her early days fronting ’Til Tuesday, she’s lanced every painful carbuncle on the dark side ...
Thursday, May 26, 2005 09:01 pm

Silly, quirky, and breathtaking

For a band that hasn’t existed as long as the Dubya administration, Head of Femur has carved out quite a dominion. The founding members, vocalist/guitarist Matt Focht, ...


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