195 items by Christian Hoard

  • Alligator

    Alligator | ALBUM REVIEW

    "I had a secret meeting in the basement of my brain," mumbles Matt Berninger, and he spends the rest of this NYC band's third album rummaging among churning grooves and shambling New Wave rips, turning up depressed...

    April 21, 2005 12:00 AM ET
  • Hotel

    Hotel | ALBUM REVIEW

    Moby became an international star by running decades' worth of music through his laptop studio, but Hotel may be his most personal and streamlined album yet. With the auteur eschewing samples and composing tunes first, songs like...

    March 24, 2005 12:00 AM ET
  • Incoming: The Arcade Fire

    Incoming: The Arcade Fire | ARTICLE

    The Arcade Fire are running late – very late, though it turns out they have a pretty good excuse. When they finally take...

    March 10, 2005 3:15 PM ET
  • Back In Black

    Back In Black | ALBUM REVIEW

    Literally thousands of bands have talked about making an album like Back in Black — a singular blast of red-blooded, riff-driven rock & roll — but only AC/DC have succeeded so wildly. In February 1980, just after...

    February 10, 2005 12:00 AM ET
  • Be As You Are (Songs from an Old Blue Chair)

    Be As You Are (Songs from an Old Blue Chair) | ALBUM REVIEW

    On his recent records, country superstar Kenny Chesney has been a good ol' boy on some Jimmy Buffett shit, going multiplatinum with a combo of clambake honky-tonk, cowboy-hat calypso and breezy change-of-pace ballads. Be As You Are...

    February 10, 2005 12:00 AM ET
  • Speak

    Speak | ALBUM REVIEW

    I wanna come first, coos the breakout tabloid star of 2004 three minutes into her debut LP. With that as a launching point, Speak shuffles between drab adult pop and rock-disco mush befitting Lohan's party-girl-next-door image. Lohan...

    January 27, 2005 12:00 AM ET
  • Rearviewmirror: Greatest Hits 1991-2003

    Rearviewmirror: Greatest Hits 1991-2003 | ALBUM REVIEW

    "I will scream my lungs out till it fills this room," Eddie Vedder proclaimed in 1993. The room filled up fast, but a funny thing happened on the way to world domination: Instead of railing against the...

    December 15, 2004 12:00 AM ET
  • Collision Course

    Collision Course | ALBUM REVIEW

    When DJ mash-ups appeared a few years back, they were all about linking strange bedfellows — Nirvana and Destiny's Child, the Strokes and Christina. The best ones made you hear something new in both songs involved —...

    December 9, 2004 12:00 AM ET
  • Futureheads Warm the U.S.

    Futureheads Warm the U.S. | ARTICLE

    When the Futureheads opened for Franz Ferdinand in September in New York, at least one famous fan was upset to have arrived late to the show. "David Bowie told us, 'I was really disappointed to miss the...

    November 4, 2004 12:00 AM ET
  • Young Buck Breaks Out

    Young Buck Breaks Out | ARTICLE

    "I'm heaven-sent," says David "Young Buck" Brown, lounging in G Unit's New York offices as reports of strong sales for his grimy, high-impact debut, Straight Outta Cashville, come in. "It's selling out all over the country its...

    September 16, 2004 12:00 AM ET
  • Live: 10-22-03 Benaroya Hall

    Live: 10-22-03 Benaroya Hall | ALBUM REVIEW

    Recorded last fall in Seattle, this mostly acoustic set might seem the requisite unplugged entry in Pearl Jam's everything-must-go series of live releases. But the album's warm, wizened feel and unusual set list are appropriate for souvenir-collecting...

    September 2, 2004 12:00 AM ET
  • Fogerty's Rocking Deja  Vu

    Fogerty's Rocking Deja  Vu | ARTICLE

    "If I felt the need right now, I could probably write 'Fortunate Son' again," says John Fogerty. But rather than revisit past glories, the former Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman took his time crafting Deja Vu All Over...

    September 2, 2004 12:00 AM ET
  • Taking Back Sunday: Staying Sane on an Endless Tour

    Taking Back Sunday: Staying Sane on an Endless Tour | ARTICLE

     Today we split the crowd...

    August 19, 2004 10:35 AM ET
  • Tha Carter

    Tha Carter | ALBUM REVIEW

    Most of Wayne's fourth album is filler that Lil Jon has made obsolete, but on more than a handful of tracks, Mannie Fresh's beats jump like they used to and Wayne's syrupy drawl sounds more dextrous than...

    August 5, 2004 12:00 AM ET
  • Big and Rich Hop Up Country

    Big and Rich Hop Up Country | ARTICLE

    Within the first four minutes of their debut album, Horse of a Different Color, Big and Rich go a long way toward turning Nashville on its ear: Announcing that they're here to make "country music without prejudice,"...

    July 29, 2004 12:00 AM ET
  • Hot Indie Rapper: Buck 65

    Hot Indie Rapper: Buck 65 | ARTICLE

    "Growing up, I really misinterpreted hip-hop," says Richard Terfry, the thirty-two-year-old Canadian who records and performs as Buck 65. "But what the hell do you expect? I'm from Nova Scotia, for chrissakes." For more than a decade,...

    July 28, 2004 12:00 AM ET
  • Live Report: No Doubt and Blink-182

    Live Report: No Doubt and Blink-182 | ARTICLE

    PNC Bank Arts CenterHolmdel, New JerseyJune 4, 2004 Nothing says summer like an outdoor venue, $7.50 cups of Budweiser and two mohawked drummers....

    July 8, 2004 2:30 PM ET
  • Uh Huh Her (U.S. Version)

    Uh Huh Her (U.S. Version) | ALBUM REVIEW

    "I can't believe that life's so complex/When I just want to sit here and watch you undress," Polly Jean Harvey sang a few years back on "This Is Love," the best song on the best album of...

    June 24, 2004 12:00 AM ET
  • No Tears for Gary Jules

    No Tears for Gary Jules | ARTICLE

    A little more than a year ago, before a song recorded for a hundred dollars in a friend's basement changed his life, Gary Jules, 35, looked like he might meet the fate of many talented Los Angeles...

    April 20, 2004 12:00 AM ET
  • Weezer (Blue Album) [Deluxe]

    Weezer (Blue Album) [Deluxe] | ALBUM REVIEW

    By May 1994, when Weezer's Blue Album was released, they seemed destined for a short fifteen minutes of fame: They joked about Dungeons and Dragons, scored a hit with the grunge novelty "Undone — The Sweater Song"...

    April 19, 2004 12:00 AM ET