68 items by Greg Kot

  • Bjork Soars in Windy City

    Bjork Soars in Windy City | ARTICLE

    It was more of a visitation by a barefoot nymph than a grand entrance by a pop singer whose show had been sold out weeks in advance. With a swan's head draped over the shoulder of her...

    October 16, 2001 12:00 AM ET
  • Punk Thrives on Vagrant

    Punk Thrives on Vagrant | ARTICLE

    Rich Egan, a thirty-two-year-old Minor Threat fan in a black T-shirt and gym shoes, swings open the door to his hotel room and finds a playground deluxe enough to host a Limp Bizkit after-show party. "This suite --...

    September 12, 2001 12:00 AM ET
  • Led Zeppelin

    Led Zeppelin | ALBUM REVIEW

    Talk about telegraphing your punch: The cover of Led Zeppelin, the British quartet's seismic 1969 debut, shows the Hindenburg airship, in all its phallic glory, going down in flames. The image did a pretty good job of...

    August 20, 2001 12:00 AM ET
  • Bridge

    Bridge | ALBUM REVIEW

    Warning: drum solo ahead. It occurs on "All Hands," a track from Blues Traveler's sixth studio album, Bridge, and it is not entirely unexpected. Their songwriting sometimes comes up short, but these avatars of the Nineties jam-band...

    May 1, 2001 12:00 AM ET
  • Live in New York City

    Live in New York City | ALBUM REVIEW

    With a repeated refrain of "forty-one shots," the voices of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band transformed two words from a police report into a mantra of mourning last summer. Their reunion tour was ending in...

    April 26, 2001 12:00 AM ET
  • Isolation Drills

    Isolation Drills | ALBUM REVIEW

    Guided By Voices have never quite risen above schoolteacher-turned-singer Robert Pollard's richly mythologized culthood. But Isolation Drills makes the case more persuasively than ever that these indie-pop godfathers should matter to more than just the loyalists. The...

    March 5, 2001 12:00 AM ET
  • Salival

    Salival | ALBUM REVIEW

    Tool seemed profoundly out of place on the Ozzfest tour three years ago. It was easy to stick out among the growls, rap-rock rhythms and boilerplate pierced-eyebrow image of the baby neo-metal bands that surrounded them. The...

    February 15, 2001 12:00 AM ET
  • Bright Midnight: Live In America

    Bright Midnight: Live In America | ALBUM REVIEW

    There's something for everybody on these new Doors collections: Those looking for more reasons to crow about how insufferable Jim Morrison could be will find plenty of ammunition in the concerts documented on The Bright Midnight Sampler...

    February 1, 2001 12:00 AM ET
  • Warning

    Warning | ALBUM REVIEW

    Used to be you could count on Green Day to report from the front lines of teenage wasteland, suburban division, with punk-prankster anthems about dope, deadbeats and masturbation. But no more. Warning, the California trio's sixth album,...

    October 12, 2000 12:00 AM ET
  • The Who, For Serious Fans Only

    The Who, For Serious Fans Only | ARTICLE

    The Who Concert File, which attempts to describe every Who concert from 1962 (when the band was known as the Detours) through early...

    September 14, 2000 12:00 PM ET
  • The Who's Best

    The Who's Best | ARTICLE

    Even lip-syncing, the Who could be lethal. In their first national TV appearance, on the Smothers Brothers Comedy Show in 1967, the band...

    September 5, 2000 12:00 PM ET
  • The Rising Tide

    The Rising Tide | ALBUM REVIEW

    Sunny Day Real Estate have always hinted that they want to become emo-core's answer to earnest, pre-Achtung Baby U2. On their fourth studio album, The Rising Tide, the Seattle trio finally sounds like it. The grandiose production,...

    August 3, 2000 12:00 AM ET
  • Mermaid Avenue, Vol. II

    Mermaid Avenue, Vol. II | ALBUM REVIEW

    On 1998's Mermaid Avenue, Billy Bragg and Wilco saved Woody Guthrie's legacy from Dust Bowl sainthood. With the encouragement of Nora Guthrie, the folk legend's daughter, Bragg and Wilco set some of the singer's unheard lyrics to...

    June 22, 2000 12:00 AM ET
  • Nine Inch Nails Spread Theatrics On Thick in Chicago

    Nine Inch Nails Spread Theatrics On Thick in Chicago | ARTICLE

    UIC Pavilion April 21st, 2000 Chicago, IL Desperation is never far behind Trent Reznor, even when he dips outside the Nine Inch...

    June 8, 2000 12:00 PM ET
  • NYC Ghosts & Flowers

    NYC Ghosts & Flowers | ALBUM REVIEW

    Even after two decades of subversive guitar glory, Sonic Youth take nothing for granted — especially their guitars. To them, their axes are still new instruments, hunks of wood and wire with limitless potential. NYC Ghosts and...

    June 8, 2000 12:00 AM ET
  • Live Report: No Doubt in 2000

    Live Report: No Doubt in 2000 | ARTICLE

    When some idiot in the audience fired a gym shoe and bonked Gwen Stefani on her head, 2,000-plus No Doubt fans gasped. The...

    May 11, 2000 12:00 PM ET
  • Standing on the Shoulder of Giants

    Standing on the Shoulder of Giants | ALBUM REVIEW

    With 1997's Bloated Be Here Now, Oasis parked themselves in a retro cul-de-sac; the band's second-coming-of-Beatlemania shtick was running on fumes, and more-forward-looking bands zipped by, fueled by funked-up hip-hop and electro dance beats. Standing on the Shoulder...

    March 16, 2000 12:00 AM ET
  • There Is Nothing Left To Lose

    There Is Nothing Left To Lose | ALBUM REVIEW

    The first thirty seconds of the Foo Fighters' third album, There Is Nothing Left to Lose, are a bridge to singer Dave Grohl's past: Drummer Taylor Hawkins pounds nails into his snare, Grohl's guitar sounds sick with...

    November 11, 1999 12:00 AM ET
  • In Spite Of Ourselves

    In Spite Of Ourselves | ALBUM REVIEW

    John Prine often sings like he's doing nothing more urgent than chewing on a blade of grass while lazing away a mid-August afternoon. His laconic tone is deceptive, because he's one of the most sharply observant storytellers...

    September 16, 1999 12:00 AM ET
  • Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere

    Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere | ALBUM REVIEW

    After the Buffalo Springfield imploded, Neil Young recorded his first, eponymous solo album, an elaborately overdubbed affair that cast him in the role of brooding singer-songwriter. But soon after that record was released, in January 1969, Young...

    August 19, 1999 12:00 AM ET