195 items by Christian Hoard

  • Animal Serenade

    Animal Serenade | ALBUM REVIEW

    Animal Serenade kicks off with the familiar three chords of "Sweet Jane" — but instead of opening his ninth live album with his best-known song, Lou Reed pauses to explain that the intro actually includes four chords,...

    April 7, 2004 12:00 AM ET
  • Lenny Kravitz Gets Baptized

    Lenny Kravitz Gets Baptized | ARTICLE

    "I haven't been outside in days," says Lenny Kravitz while lounging in a basement studio at New York's Hotel Edison. "I've been here eighteen hours a day." Kravitz has finished mixing Baptism (due May 18th), his seventh album...

    March 4, 2004 12:00 AM ET
  • The Hives Work Hard and Fast

    The Hives Work Hard and Fast | ARTICLE

    "We've been restoring old buildings in Sweden," says Howlin' Pelle Almqvist. "There's something about square houses with simple parts that appeals to us as members of the Hives. We fix them up a bit so we can...

    February 10, 2004 12:00 AM ET
  • Kanye West Is Making Beats and His Own Solo Album

    Kanye West Is Making Beats and His Own Solo Album | ARTICLE

    In all my pictures lately, I've started smiling," says Kanye West. "Why not? What's the point of looking mean – so I can...

    December 11, 2003 11:30 AM ET
  • Jay-Z Rocks the Garden

    Jay-Z Rocks the Garden | ARTICLE

    "I put together a special evening for y'all," Jay-Z announced during Tuesday night's sold-out show at New York's Madison Square Garden. The platinum-selling rapper had reason to pull out all the stops during the Garden's first hip-hop...

    November 26, 2003 12:00 AM ET
  • The Central Park Concert

    The Central Park Concert | ALBUM REVIEW

    This three-disc set, recorded live on the Great Lawn of New York's Central Park in September, is a decent place holder for Dave Matthews Band fans until the next album. Those familiar with the band's live sets...

    November 20, 2003 12:00 AM ET
  • Big Star Story

    Big Star Story | ALBUM REVIEW

    A somewhat unnecessary greatest-hits for the Seventies power-pop band the three albums big star recorded during its poor-selling four-year run in the Seventies combined Beatles-style pop clarity with lovelorn fragility and a rhythmic propulsiveness derived from the...

    October 17, 2003 12:00 AM ET
  • Today Is The Day!

    Today Is The Day! | ALBUM REVIEW

    Collecting outtakes from New Jersey's most-beloved indie rockers, this six-song EP is warm, tuneful, noisy and fuzzed-out in typical Yo La fashion, and the slapdash feel will remind fans of the band's early days. Highlight: a somber,...

    October 16, 2003 12:00 AM ET
  • The Eyes of Alice Cooper

    The Eyes of Alice Cooper | ALBUM REVIEW

    The Detroit schlock artist proves he can still rock hard, with big-ass guitars and menacing, punkish vocals in full effect. But the songs don't hold up, and the whole package sounds muddy and a bit directionless.

    September 24, 2003 12:00 AM ET
  • Songs About Jane

    Songs About Jane | ALBUM REVIEW

    Originally released back in June, the debut from this L.A. quartet has gained attention based on a strong single ("Harder to Breathe") and acclaim from a handful of like-minded rockers, most notably John Mayer. With their vaguely...

    March 11, 2003 12:00 AM ET
  • Get Rich Or Die Tryin'

    Get Rich Or Die Tryin' | ALBUM REVIEW

    By now, 50 Cent's coronation as the new king of hardcore hip-hop is all but assured. Check his credentials: Years before the 8 Mile soundtrack introduced him to the world, 50 Cent established himself as one of...

    February 11, 2003 12:00 AM ET
  • God's Son

    God's Son | ALBUM REVIEW

    It's been almost ten years since Nasir Jones burst on the scene with Illmatic, a definitive portrait of a young hustler that got by on Nas' street-poet musings and warm, groove-heavy production. Since then, Nas has been...

    December 30, 2002 12:00 AM ET
  • The Blueprint, Vol. 2: The Gift and the Curse

    The Blueprint, Vol. 2: The Gift and the Curse | ALBUM REVIEW

    "Rumor has it, The Blueprint classic/Couldn't even be stopped by bin Laden," Jay-Z boasts midway The Blueprint, Vol. 2: The Gift and the Curse. He's right, too — the first installment of The Blueprint, which dropped last...

    November 12, 2002 12:00 AM ET
  • New York Honors Dee Dee

    New York Honors Dee Dee | ARTICLE

    New York punks old and new paid tribute to Dee Dee Ramone on Tuesday with a concert at the downtown club the Continental, where the legendary Ramones bassist had gigged frequently in recent years. The Toilet Boys,...

    July 3, 2002 12:00 AM ET
  • Good Morning Aztlan

    Good Morning Aztlan | ALBUM REVIEW

    Good Morning Aztlan finds Los Lobos dispensing with the atmospherics and experimentation that marked much of their Nineties work and returning to their early bread and butter: roots rock spiked with R&B, soul and folk sounds they...

    July 2, 2002 12:00 AM ET