68 items by Greg Kot

  • This Time

    This Time | ALBUM REVIEW

    Los Lobos started out playing weddings in East Los Angeles, a career phase that culminated with a hit cover of "La Bamba." In the decade since, they've been making music for the postnuptial stragglers and burrowing into...

    August 19, 1999 12:00 AM ET
  • Beasties Rock For Tibet

    Beasties Rock For Tibet | ARTICLE

    The Beastie Boys were wrapping up a day of music at the Tibetan Freedom Concert at Alpine Valley Music Theater in rural Wisconsin....

    August 5, 1999 12:20 PM ET
  • There's A Poison Goin' On

    There's A Poison Goin' On | ALBUM REVIEW

    A decade after they reinvented hip-hop, Public Enemy no longer bring the media noise the way they once did. But after a falling-out with their longtime label, Def Jam, P.E. are now once again wearing redwood-size chips...

    August 5, 1999 12:00 AM ET
  • Euphoria

    Euphoria | ALBUM REVIEW

    "Demolition Man," the opening track on Euphoria, Def Leppard's seventh studio album, plays like a typical installment of VH1's rock-bio series Behind the Music: "Let me loose, I just got back/I was pushed and I got dragged/I...

    July 8, 1999 12:00 AM ET
  • Dick's Picks, Vol. 1

    Dick's Picks, Vol. 1 | ALBUM REVIEW

    "Shall we go/you and I/While we can?" Those lines, written by lyricist Robert Hunter and sung by guitarist Jerry Garcia, are from the Grateful Dead's "Dark Star." They're an invitation to a journey that began in the...

    May 27, 1999 12:00 AM ET
  • Echo


    Twenty-three years. Twelve studio albums. One sound. Even as peers such as Bruce Springsteen and John Mellencamp have shaken up their formulas by tinkering with dance mixes or solo acoustic folk songs, even as forerunners such as...

    April 29, 1999 12:00 AM ET
  • Summerteeth

    Summerteeth | ALBUM REVIEW

    On their third album, Summer Teeth, Wilco create the roots-rock answer to Beck's Odelay, if not to Brian Eno's Another Green World. Like Beck and Eno, and Brian Wilson and the Beatles before them, Wilco use the...

    March 18, 1999 12:00 AM ET
  • The Rolling Stone Music Awards: Lauryn Hill

    The Rolling Stone Music Awards: Lauryn Hill | ARTICLE

    For three weeks in fall 1997, Lauryn Hill moved into the original Tuff Gong studio, the house that Bob Marley built in Kingston,...

    January 21, 1999 10:50 AM ET
  • Perfect From Now On

    Perfect From Now On | ALBUM REVIEW

    Did progressive rock get a bad rap from the post-punk generation? Lately, everyone from instrumental outfits such as Tortoise to four-track whiz kids such as Olivia Tremor Control has been reinvestigating the world of the epic song...

    November 9, 1998 12:00 AM ET
  • Painted From Memory

    Painted From Memory | ALBUM REVIEW

    In case you missed his cameo in Austin Powers or his nationally televised tribute concert, Burt Bacharach is again in vogue; his opulent brand of Sixties-pop songwriting has found a new audience among swizzle-stick hipsters. Elvis Costello,...

    October 15, 1998 12:00 AM ET
  • The Story of the Ghost

    The Story of the Ghost | ALBUM REVIEW

    These are the best and worst of times for fans of the jam. More groups are noodling around on their instruments in search of transcendence (if not a record contract) than at any time since the early...

    October 5, 1998 12:00 AM ET
  • Radiohead Do No Wrong in Illinois

    Radiohead Do No Wrong in Illinois | ARTICLE

    Radiohead Rosemont Theatre Rosemont, Illinois April 10th, 1998 Thom Yorke, a choirboyish bundle of charisma in baggy trousers, is still apologizing for...

    May 28, 1998 12:00 PM ET
  • Adore

    Adore | ALBUM REVIEW

    With each Smashing Pumpkins album, singer, guitarist and producer Billy Corgan has raised the bar for his grandiose ambition: to create the defining coming-of-age music for his generation. Gish (1991) packed a neopsychedelic arena wallop into its...

    May 18, 1998 12:00 AM ET
  • Van Halen III

    Van Halen III | ALBUM REVIEW

    This is a tale of three vocalists and the guitar player who hired them. Van Halen I (1978-85): David Lee Roth was a bozo who couldn't sing, but at least he was entertaining. Van Halen II (1985-96):...

    March 2, 1998 12:00 AM ET
  • God of Love

    God of Love | ALBUM REVIEW

    Through two volatile decades, Bad Brains have survived. These dreadlocked rockers from Washington, D.C., influenced everyone from Living Colour to the Beastie Boys. In many ways, Bad Brains anticipated the cut-and-paste genre splicing of '90s hitmakers by...

    February 2, 1998 12:00 AM ET
  • Time Out Of Mind

    Time Out Of Mind | ALBUM REVIEW

    There is a moment near the end of Bob Dylan's 41st album, Time Out of Mind, when the Dylan of 35 years ago...

    October 2, 1997 12:00 PM ET
  • Nimrod.

    Nimrod. | ALBUM REVIEW

    Green Day have one doozy of a flashback of their punk-rock past midway through Nimrod, the California trio's fifth album. On the song "Platypus (I Hate You)" drummer Tré Cool's tom-toms and Mike Dirnt's bass pound like...

    October 2, 1997 12:00 AM ET
  • Gospel Oak

    Gospel Oak | ALBUM REVIEW

    On the surface, Sinéad O'Connor's six-song EP, Gospel Oak, is a soothing hot tub of Celtic New Age atmospherics and polite hip-hop grooves. Barely audible over the Jacuzzi-friendly instrumentation is the sound of O'Connor talking to herself....

    June 9, 1997 12:00 AM ET
  • Us


    Us isn't a grabber like So, the 1986 smash that put Peter Gabriel over the top with the video generation. Most of the tunes insinuate themselves, rather than screaming their arrival from the first note. In the...

    January 27, 1997 12:00 AM ET
  • Being There

    Being There | ALBUM REVIEW

    A funny thing happened to singer/songwriter Jeff Tweedy on the way to cult stardom. As a member of Uncle Tupelo, a band of Midwestern small-town teens that initially took its cue from '80s punk, he discovered Merle...

    October 24, 1996 12:00 AM ET