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48 items by Bill Crandall

  • The Polyphonic Spree Get Happy

    The Polyphonic Spree Get Happy | ARTICLE

    According to leader Tim DeLaughter, the Polyphonic Spree are a twenty-five-piece choral and symphonic pop band, but the numbers change. He created the group -- sort of a Pet Sounds-era Beach Boys meets Godspell (the members wear white robes) -- in...

    August 9, 2002 12:00 AM ET
  • Grohl Bumps Foos for QOTSA

    Grohl Bumps Foos for QOTSA | ARTICLE

    In a quite literal game of musical chairs, singer-guitarist Dave Grohl is putting the Foo Fighters on ice to extend his stint playing drums for Queens of the Stone Age. The former Nirvana sticksman played on the...

    April 16, 2002 12:00 AM ET
  • Rick James Back on the Street

    Rick James Back on the Street | ARTICLE

    The last time I saw Rick James he was sitting poolside at a friend's house in Northern California, holding his four-year-old son in his arms. He had spent the previous night -- and the previous two years...

    March 8, 2002 12:00 AM ET
  • Live In Liverpool

    Live In Liverpool | ALBUM REVIEW

    Sometimes it's OK to settle for second best. Echo and the Bunnymen were not the U.K.'s best indie band of the Eighties (see the Smiths); they were not the most successful overseas (see the Cure), and they...

    February 20, 2002 12:00 AM ET
  • Creed Number One for Sixth Week

    Creed Number One for Sixth Week | ARTICLE

    Observing an annual tradition, the nation's album charts went from ho-ho to ho-hum the week following the Christmas blitz, as each of the top eighty albums sold less copies than it did the week before. Creed best...

    January 3, 2002 12:00 AM ET
  • Ramones, Petty Get in Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

    Ramones, Petty Get in Rock and Roll Hall of Fame | ARTICLE

    The Ramones, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, the Talking Heads, Isaac Hayes, Brenda Lee, Gene Pitney, Chet Atkins and Jim Stewart will be next year's entrants into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The Seventeenth Annual...

    December 14, 2001 12:00 AM ET
  • A Half-Million Creed Fans Served

    A Half-Million Creed Fans Served | ARTICLE

    Creed sure picked the right time to release an album. The Florida rockers' third effort, Weathered, did not have to weather the leaner months of the atrocious sales year that has been 2001. Instead, during Weathered's three...

    December 12, 2001 12:00 AM ET
  • Creed Still on Top

    Creed Still on Top | ARTICLE

    For the second week in a row, everywhere you go, the kids wanna rock. That's right, Creed -- with a gaudy sales tally of 417,000 (according to SoundScan) -- are again atop the nation's album chart with...

    December 5, 2001 12:00 AM ET
  • Remembering the Forgotten Beatle

    Remembering the Forgotten Beatle | ARTICLE

    A decade after the Beatles split, kids in my grammar school still had a favorite Beatle -- and they still debated the merits of their choices. And, to this day, my nieces and nephews -- who were...

    December 5, 2001 12:00 AM ET
  • Concept Zero Carry on Mom's Spirit

    Concept Zero Carry on Mom's Spirit | ARTICLE

    Since September 11th, musicians have been lining up to play benefit concerts for "those most affected" by the terrorist attacks. Lucky for the performers -- and most of us watching at home -- they were not among...

    November 21, 2001 12:00 AM ET
  • Artists Rise Up for America

    Artists Rise Up for America | ARTICLE

    Friday night's America: A Tribute to Heroes telethon to raise money for victims and families of the September 11th terrorist attacks was among the most star-studded programs in TV history, yet none of the names were familiar....

    September 24, 2001 12:00 AM ET
  • Bruce, Alicia Do TV Special

    Bruce, Alicia Do TV Special | ARTICLE

    Bruce Springsteen, Alicia Keys, Stevie Wonder, Sheryl Crow and Paul Simon are among the artists participating in America: A Tribute to Heroes, a two-hour, commercial-free TV special to be broadcast live Friday night at 9 p.m. ET/8...

    September 19, 2001 12:00 AM ET
  • Sugar Ray (Not Chicken Lips)

    Sugar Ray (Not Chicken Lips) | ARTICLE

    Mark McGrath is smart and smart-lookin', qualities that have enabled him to win bundles on Rock & Roll Jeopardy and appear in a steamy Candie's commercial. He's also Sugar Ray's singer. The correct question to the "The...

    June 20, 2001 12:00 AM ET
  • Cash Sues Urban Outfitters

    Cash Sues Urban Outfitters | ARTICLE

    Johnny Cash and renowned rock photographer Jim Marshall filed a joint lawsuit against Urban Outfitters, Inc. in a San Francisco court on Tuesday, citing "wrongful, oppressive and malicious conduct." Marshall is charging the clothing retailer with copyright...

    April 26, 2001 12:00 AM ET
  • Good NY Vibrations for Brian Wilson at Tribute

    Good NY Vibrations for Brian Wilson at Tribute | ARTICLE

    Three signs that the Brian Wilson tribute you're attending is not in Southern California but New York: 1) Any glimpse of Billy Joel or Paul Simon causes immediate standing ovations; 2) the words "and, of course, the...

    March 30, 2001 12:00 AM ET
  • Beatles Move One Million "1"s in One Week

    Beatles Move One Million "1"s in One Week | ARTICLE

    This just in: The good people of the United States of America love the Beatles. Leading SoundScan's gaudy pre-Christmas-week album sales chart, the Fab Four moved a whopping 1.25 million copies of "1," the new collection of...

    December 27, 2000 12:00 AM ET
  • U2 Hope to Reawaken America

    U2 Hope to Reawaken America | ARTICLE

    America is undergoing its second outbreak of U2 fatigue. Back in 1987, the Irish quartet could do no wrong on these shores. The blues/gospel/roots inspired album The Joshua Tree, U2's undisputed critical and commercial masterpiece (10 million...

    November 1, 2000 12:00 AM ET
  • Merle Haggard's Still Swinging

    Merle Haggard's Still Swinging | ARTICLE

    Merle Haggard was a punk rocker before the term was even coined. Not that he ever churned out feedback-drenched, three-chord anthems of angst, but he was, and is, the very embodiment of the spirit.While other country stars...

    October 13, 2000 12:00 AM ET
  • Elvis Costello a Loveable Hero in Nieve Melody

    Elvis Costello a Loveable Hero in Nieve Melody | ARTICLE

    Elvis Costello stumbled across the stage of New York's Town Hall Friday night gripping a newspaper in one hand and a paper-bag-wrapped bottle in the other. He wasn't drunk, but his character sure was -- inebriated from...

    June 12, 2000 12:00 AM ET
  • Wonder, Hill, Clapton Praise Mayfield

    Wonder, Hill, Clapton Praise Mayfield | ARTICLE

    "People must prove to the people a better day is coming for you and for me," the Impressions sang in 1967's "Choice of Colors," one of Curtis Mayfield's many civil rights anthems. Thirty-three years later, and two...

    February 23, 2000 12:00 AM ET
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