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  • Tragic Kingdom

    Tragic Kingdom | ALBUM REVIEW

    It's the rhythm, stupid. Oh, and in No Doubt's case, a platinum-blond peach of a female singer, Gwen Stefani, who breaks up the asexual baggy-shorts-and-balloon-pants monotony of alt-nation guy rock (311 included). Both Tragic Kingdom and 311...

    December 9, 1996 12:00 AM ET
  • T.A.P.O.A.F.O.M.

    T.A.P.O.A.F.O.M. | ALBUM REVIEW

    With or without the mothership, George Clinton's P-Funk road-show is the greatest thang on earth, electric big-band soul nonpareil. But the awesome power of a fully operational Parliament-Funkadelic is conspicuously absent from T.A.P.O.A.F.O.M. The Hendrixian dueling of...

    December 6, 1996 12:00 AM ET
  • Aenima

    Aenima | ALBUM REVIEW

    Noise as purgative: Tool shove their iron-spike riffing and shock-therapy polemics right up the claustrophobic dead end of so-called alternative metal in the name of a greater metaphysical glory — something along the fuzzy lines of Jungian...

    December 5, 1996 12:00 AM ET
  • Load

    Load | ALBUM REVIEW

    If heavy-metal fans are supposed to be such hardcore loyalists, what is it about a few haircuts, some eyeliner and a little songcraft that throws 'em into such a dither? Load — Metallica's very long (78 minutes...

    December 4, 1996 12:00 AM ET
  • Down On The Upside

    Down On The Upside | ALBUM REVIEW

    These are the best of times and the worst of times for Seattle rock. The A&R leeches and press hounds are long gone; the scene is back to relative normality — that is, lively and neighborly (even...

    December 2, 1996 12:00 AM ET
  • Gone Again

    Gone Again | ALBUM REVIEW

    Mourning becomes electric. In every way — musically, lyrically and, for Patti Smith, quite literally — Gone Again is a record about the cycle of life, death and rebirth, an acutely personal expression of prolonged grief in...

    December 2, 1996 12:00 AM ET
  • Sex, America, Cheap Trick

    Sex, America, Cheap Trick | ALBUM REVIEW

    One band made the leap from midwestern bars and the hors d'oeuvres slot on Rush and Kiss tours to Top 40 glory via three-minute grenades of razor-guitar pop and bubblicious song hooks. The other toiled in a...

    October 31, 1996 12:00 AM ET
  • No Code

    No Code | ALBUM REVIEW

    They don't call it the gilded cage for nothing. The idea of rock gods bitching about all the dumb, demeaning baggage that comes with megastardom might seem lame, even insulting, to anyone who's never tasted any kind...

    September 5, 1996 12:00 AM ET
  • Patti Smith: Family Life, Recent Loss, and New Album 'Gone Again'

    Patti Smith: Family Life, Recent Loss, and New Album 'Gone Again' | ARTICLE

    She looks thin, frail, vulnerable. The hood of her sweat jacket is pulled up over her long, graying hair like a monk's cowl, and...

    July 11, 1996 12:00 AM ET
  • Tone Dialing

    Tone Dialing | ALBUM REVIEW

    It is a lot easier to lose yourself in the roaring joy of Ornette Coleman's music than it is to explain why you shouldn't be afraid of it. The saxophonist's code name for his strategy of composition...

    December 14, 1995 12:00 AM ET
  • Rising

    Rising | ALBUM REVIEW

    There are times when nepotism makes sense. The ardent patronage of her husband, John Lennon, enabled Yoko Ono to record and release some of the most fearless and prophetic music in avant-rock: the 1970 shriek feast Yoko...

    November 30, 1995 12:00 AM ET
  • Smashing Pumpkins: Disillusionment, Obsession, Confusion, Satisfaction

    Smashing Pumpkins: Disillusionment, Obsession, Confusion, Satisfaction | ARTICLE

    "I know it looks anal," Billy Corgan says with an embarrassed smile, looking up from the sheet of paper on his lap as the...

    November 16, 1995 12:55 PM ET
  • Outside

    Outside | ALBUM REVIEW

    David Bowie has made a career of being anything and everything other than himself. As rock & roll's consummate quick-change artist, he has created some of the greatest leading roles in the pop-art theater of the imagination:...

    October 19, 1995 12:00 AM ET
  • Civilization Phaze III

    Civilization Phaze III | ALBUM REVIEW

    I first heard this dense and deliciously twisted album in October 1993 in the room where much of it was created: Frank Zappa's recording studio at his home, in Los Angeles. I felt privileged and a little...

    August 24, 1995 12:00 AM ET
  • Talk This Way

    Talk This Way | ARTICLE

    Below is an excerpt of an article that originally appeared in RS 694 from November 3, 1994. This issue and the rest of the Rolling Stone archives are available via Rolling Stone Plus, Rolling Stone's premium...

    November 3, 1994 12:00 AM ET
  • The Rolling Stone Interview: Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore

    The Rolling Stone Interview: Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore | ARTICLE

    Below is an excerpt of an article that originally appeared in RS691 from September 22, 1994. This issue and the rest of the Rolling Stone archives are available via Rolling Stone Plus, Rolling Stone's premium subscription...

    September 22, 1994 12:00 AM ET
  • Rolling Stones Push Back the Clock With 'Voodoo Lounge' Album and Tour

    Rolling Stones Push Back the Clock With 'Voodoo Lounge' Album and Tour | ARTICLE

    "They come in different ways, so many different ways," Mick Jagger declares with a melodramatic pleading in his voice, like he's being forced...

    July 14, 1994 2:40 PM ET
  • Live Through This

    Live Through This | ALBUM REVIEW

    Forget, just for a moment, everything you've heard about Courtney Love for the past three years — the tales, apocryphal and otherwise, of substance misadventure; her, uh, lively marriage to Nirvana's Kurt Cobain and checkered passage into...

    April 21, 1994 12:00 AM ET
  • Frank Zappa: 1940-1993

    Frank Zappa: 1940-1993 | ARTICLE

    During his lifetime, Frank Zappa was called many things by his admirers and critics alike; a musical genius, a brilliant satirist, a fearless...

    January 27, 1994 8:55 PM ET
  • Kurt Cobain, The Rolling Stone Interview: Success Doesn't Suck

    Kurt Cobain, The Rolling Stone Interview: Success Doesn't Suck | ARTICLE

    Ashirtless, disheveled Kurt Cobain pauses on the backstage stairway leading to Nirvana's dressing room at the Aragon Ballroom, in Chicago, offers...

    January 27, 1994 12:00 AM ET
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