82 items by Chuck Eddy

  • Kid Rock Brings Bluesy Hard Rock Bands to SXSW, Making One of the Fest's Highlights

    Kid Rock Brings Bluesy Hard Rock Bands to SXSW, Making One of the Fest's Highlights | BLOG ENTRY

    Leave it to a 40-year-old white guy from Detroit to show up at music's trendiest festival of emerging talent and curate a three-pronged showcase of a style of popular music that barely exists anymore, or at least...

    March 19, 2011 1:09 PM ET
  • Wiz Khalifa, Janelle Monae Do Their Own Things at Atlantic Records Showcase

    Wiz Khalifa, Janelle Monae Do Their Own Things at Atlantic Records Showcase | BLOG ENTRY

    Wiz Khalifa and Janelle Monae both grew up in perhaps less-than-stimulating middle-American cities – Pittsburgh, PA and Kansas City KS, respectively, though Wiz’s youth also took in North Dakota and overseas army bases – and both clearly...

    March 18, 2011 12:25 PM ET
  • Peter Buck's the Baseball Project Get Loose and Nostalgic

    Peter Buck's the Baseball Project Get Loose and Nostalgic | BLOG ENTRY

    As South by Southwest gigs go, the audience seeing the Baseball Project on 5th Street in Austin midnight Wednesday definitely appeared to include a significant quotient of balding older white men up past their bedtimes. Whether this...

    March 17, 2011 12:58 PM ET
  • Rapper Yelawolf Brings a Touch of Redneck to the 'Fader' Fort

    Rapper Yelawolf Brings a Touch of Redneck to the 'Fader' Fort | BLOG ENTRY

    If Yelawolf is a redneck – and his lyrics suggest that, if he’s not one himself, he’s got sufficient first-hand knowledge of the culture – he’s his own kind. He’s a white guy (reportedly part Cherokee, actually)...

    March 17, 2011 11:39 AM ET
  • Burning Fortune

    Burning Fortune | ALBUM REVIEW

    Young Toronto trio Cauldron dedicates itself to metal’s lost early Eighties, when thrash and glam bands hadn't yet gone separate ways, and low-rent burnouts in jean jackets imagined themselves stomping like Hannibal's pachyderms across the Pyrenees. Between...

    March 10, 2011 10:45 AM ET
  • Party Store

    Party Store | ALBUM REVIEW

    Click to listen to the Dirtbombs' "Cosmic Cars" and "Sharevari" Detroit's music has always driven across racial and genre boundaries. But when a longstanding garage-rock...

    February 1, 2011 12:00 AM ET
  • Catch My Shoe

    Catch My Shoe | ALBUM REVIEW

    These uncompromising Dutch anarchists first waxed their far-left funk-punk the sameyear the Gang Of Four did: 1979. But the Ex never gave up – just altered their co-ed lineup now and then. Countless releases later,...

    January 25, 2011 12:30 AM ET
  • Strategies Against Architecture IV: 2002-2010

    Strategies Against Architecture IV: 2002-2010 | ALBUM REVIEW

    Though best known for helping invent industrial music by clanging metal objects against each other three decades ago, these German dadaists have actually been incorporating coherent melody and rhythm since the mid-Eighties. Lately, they've drawn more on...

    December 21, 2010 6:45 PM ET
  • Dancing For the Cabana Code in the Land of Boo-Hoo 

    Dancing For the Cabana Code in the Land of Boo-Hoo  | ALBUM REVIEW

    A generation after serving as August Darnell's zoot-suited comic foil in Kid Creole and the Coconuts, this ageless Nuyorican jack-of-all-trades reappears with his first solo album in 27 years, and only second ever. It's a hoot, too:...

    December 21, 2010 9:00 AM ET
  • "Christmas In Harlem"

    "Christmas In Harlem" | SONG REVIEW

    Kanye's tinsel-tinted stocking stuffer sounds uncharacteristically tossed-off, as if he's preoccupied with the Xmas shopping spree he says he's planning. But actual Harlem R&B hopeful Teyana Taylor offers warmth from the wind chill, eventually slipping into the...

    December 16, 2010 5:11 PM ET
  • Only One Flo (Part 1)

    Only One Flo (Part 1) | ALBUM REVIEW

    Flo Rida hit it big by borrowing hooks from euphoric old Eurocheese songs by Eiffel 65 and Dead or Alive. So it's no shock that the first single from the rapper's third album...

    November 30, 2010 3:30 PM ET
  • Number One Hits

    Number One Hits | ALBUM REVIEW

    A Louisiana Democrat who's more convincing quiet-storm smooth than redneck-rock rowdy, Faith Hill's hubby has topped country's singles chart 22 times since 1994. This double disc compiles all of those tracks, which makes it...

    November 30, 2010 3:25 PM ET
  • As U Were

    As U Were | ALBUM REVIEW

    Japanese-American hip-hop lifer Lyrics Born may never top Later That Day . . ., his career-defining 2003 album, but he still puts in an honest year's work. Now he's setting his rich-baritoned soul-rap verbosity over Eighties electro...

    November 16, 2010 12:41 PM ET
  • Earth vs. the Pipettes

    Earth vs. the Pipettes | ALBUM REVIEW

    On their first album in four years, once-polka-dotted Brit gal group the Pipettes are now a duo-plus-musicians; two of the three original singers are gone. Sonically, they've replaced theoretical Phil Spector with theoretical astro-disco, most explicitly in...

    November 16, 2010 12:26 PM ET
  • 5.0

    5.0 | ALBUM REVIEW

    Aiming to capitalize on "Just a Dream," his biggest hit in a half-decade, Missouri's favorite rapper ends his sixth album with another soft-rock-tinged ballad — "Nothing Without Her," about taming a bad girl. On his way there,...

    November 16, 2010 12:22 PM ET
  • Dark Horse

    Dark Horse | ALBUM REVIEW

    What's a poor rock band to do when your last album sold 8 million copies at a time when nobody buys CDs anymore? You can hire a guy who produced AC/DC, Def Leppard and Shania Twain albums...

    November 27, 2008 12:00 AM ET
  • "Love Lockdown"

    "Love Lockdown" | SONG REVIEW

    Kanye clearly has no business singing, and at first his monotone makes you wonder why he tried. But his vocodered flatlining complements the opening heartbeats, and when his pitch hitches up on "you lose" and "system...

    October 16, 2008 4:55 PM ET
  • The Last Temptation

    The Last Temptation | ALBUM REVIEW

    If you went to high school in the '70s, Alice Cooper's "I'm Eighteen" and "School's Out" became part of your life. Cooper dirges like "Desperado" and "Muscle of Love" used dense Black Sabbath rumbling to rock in...

    July 14, 1994 12:00 AM ET
  • Bikini Kill

    Bikini Kill | ALBUM REVIEW

    Any decent parent would be proud of a daughter who staked her claim as a "riot grrrl" these days. The grrrls' soundtrack of choice is Bikini Kill, an Olympia, Washington quartet featuring singer Kathleen Hanna, a...

    February 4, 1993 12:40 PM ET
  • Innuendo

    Innuendo | ALBUM REVIEW

    One way to confirm that Queen never consisted of your typically haughty progressive-rock snobs is to consider the following: In the late Seventies, Emerson, Lake and Palmer released two albums called Works, as in "works of art,"...

    March 7, 1991 12:00 AM ET