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158 items by Gavin Edwards

  • Van Halen

    Van Halen | ALBUM REVIEW

    Van Halen were veterans of the Pasadena, California, bar circuit, but on their 1978 debut their sound was already large enough to fill football stadiums. Singer David Lee Roth yowled like a Vegas performer in heat, Michael...

    November 25, 2004 12:00 AM ET
  • The Blue Mask

    The Blue Mask | ALBUM REVIEW

    This review originally ran in Rolling Stone as part of a series that looked back at classic albums. Lou Reed practically invented rock perversion. With the Velvet Underground, he wrote pioneering songs about S&M, drag queens and "Heroin."...

    September 30, 2004 12:00 AM ET
  • The DEFinition

    The DEFinition | ALBUM REVIEW

    When a rapper's cd booklet includes plugs for his upcoming movies instead of for his other albums, you have every right to suspect that he has put his music career on the back turntable. But on the...

    September 30, 2004 12:00 AM ET
  • Rolling Stone Hall of Fame: The Rolling Stones' 'Let It Bleed'

    Rolling Stone Hall of Fame: The Rolling Stones' 'Let It Bleed' | ARTICLE

    It begins with a storm rolling in, shattering glass heralding murder and rape, blowing away the defenses that smaller men than Mick Jagger build for themselves. "Gimme Shelter" isn't just the best song the...

    September 2, 2004 12:40 PM ET
  • Like A Prayer

    Like A Prayer | ALBUM REVIEW

    This review originally ran in Rolling Stone as part of a series that looked back at classic albums. When people talk about Madonna exposing herself, they normally mean her tendency to drop her knickers. But her fourth proper...

    August 19, 2004 12:00 AM ET
  • All in the Family

    All in the Family | ARTICLE

    Sometimes a name is just a name. But when the three Garza brothers decided to call their band Los Lonely Boys, they weren't kidding. Drummer Ringo Garza, 22, says, "Every time I hit the road and I'm...

    August 11, 2004 12:00 AM ET
  • The Rolling Stone Hall of Fame: Bob Dylan's 'Nashville Skyline'

    The Rolling Stone Hall of Fame: Bob Dylan's 'Nashville Skyline' | ARTICLE

    When Nashville Skyline, the last of Bob Dylan's brilliant Sixties albums, was released, fans examined every one of its twenty-seven minutes for...

    May 27, 2004 11:35 AM ET
  • Uncle Sam Wants Punk

    Uncle Sam Wants Punk | ARTICLE

    North Island Naval Air Station, San Diego, late April: Tom DeLonge was at the airport at 6 a.m., with American flags sticking out of his pockets and red, white and blue paint on his face. DeLonge is the guitarist for...

    October 7, 2003 12:00 AM ET
  • Houses Of The Holy

    Houses Of The Holy | ALBUM REVIEW

    When George Harrison met John Bonham, the Beatle told the Led Zeppelin drummer, "The problem with your band is you don't do any ballads." Singer Robert Plant and guitarist Jimmy Page could have taken umbrage — they...

    July 30, 2003 12:00 AM ET
  • In The Jungle Groove

    In The Jungle Groove | ALBUM REVIEW

    This brilliant single-disc compilation focuses on the pinnacle of James Brown's achievements: the dance music he made between 1969 and 1971, when he defined the stateof the art of rhythm, again and again and again. You may...

    June 24, 2003 12:00 AM ET
  • Life's Rich Pageant

    Life's Rich Pageant | ALBUM REVIEW

    For their fourth album, R.E.M., who previously bought their sonic murk in bulk, hired John Cougar Mellencamp's producer. "It's a great-sounding record, but I really hated [producer] Don Gehman at the time," lead singer Michael Stipe said...

    June 18, 2003 12:00 AM ET
  • The Essential Cyndi Lauper

    The Essential Cyndi Lauper | ALBUM REVIEW

    A greatest-hits collection that lives up to its title: lots of the fun mid-Eighties stuff, not much else back in 1984, most people handicapping downtown New York's new divas picked Madonna as the flash in the pan...

    June 6, 2003 12:00 AM ET
  • Radiohead Hone Sixth LP, 'Hail to the Thief'

    Radiohead Hone Sixth LP, 'Hail to the Thief' | ARTICLE

    "We wanted to relearn the art of putting out shorter songs," says Radiohead guitarist Ed O'Brien. "Keeping it succinct instead of taking the listener on a journey." On their sixth album, Hail to the Thief (due...

    May 29, 2003 12:55 PM ET
  • Radiohead Swagger on 'Thief'

    Radiohead Swagger on 'Thief' | ARTICLE

    "We wanted to relearn the art of putting out shorter songs," says Radiohead guitarist Ed O'Brien. "Keeping it succinct instead of taking the listener on a journey." On their sixth album, Hail to the Thief (due June 10th),...

    May 9, 2003 12:00 AM ET
  • New Faces: Cursive's Literary Omaha Roots

    New Faces: Cursive's Literary Omaha Roots | ARTICLE

    Stylized penmanship is a weird craft," says Tim Kasher, Cursive's frontman. "It's this craftsmanship that they imprint onto children. But we knew the band...

    April 17, 2003 5:35 PM ET
  • The Best Of Love

    The Best Of Love | ALBUM REVIEW

    Some of the best-known bands in Los Angeles in the Sixties became brand names for a particular style of rock: jangling folk rock for the Byrds, portentous doom rock for the Doors. Love not only bridged the...

    March 25, 2003 12:00 AM ET
  • A Look Back: Bruce Springsteen's 'Darkness on the Edge of Town'

    A Look Back: Bruce Springsteen's 'Darkness on the Edge of Town' | ARTICLE

    For his fourth record, Bruce Springsteen cut off his beard — and also shaved the shaggy romantic epics of Born to Run. What emerged were ten taut rock songs about people crushed by family, by...

    March 20, 2003 12:50 PM ET
  • The Essential Sly & The Family Stone

    The Essential Sly & The Family Stone | ALBUM REVIEW

    Could any group represent the divide between the Sixties and the Seventies better than Sly and the Family Stone? They were the best funk band of the Sixties, mixing up sex, racial politics and an unstoppable groove....

    March 17, 2003 1:00 AM ET
  • Essential Clash

    Essential Clash | ALBUM REVIEW

    Since The Clash's demise, there have been many compilations of their work; unfortunately, most of them sound like they were sequenced with a dartboard. This two-disc collection, organized roughly chronologically, finally does them justice: The first disc...

    March 11, 2003 1:00 AM ET
  • The Bends

    The Bends | ALBUM REVIEW

    Fans of Radiohead's 1993 single "Creep" basically divided into two camps: those who loved it as a dynamic slice of self-loathing rock & roll, and those who just enjoyed the skrakunk-skrakunk guitar distortion before every chorus. On...

    March 11, 2003 1:00 AM ET
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