70 items by Mark Kemp

  • Kind of Blue: 50th Anniversary Collectors Edition Box Set

    Kind of Blue: 50th Anniversary Collectors Edition Box Set | ALBUM REVIEW

    In the DVD that accompanies this reissue, singer Shirley Horn defines what makes Miles Davis' music resonate beyond the jazz world: "He was sexy." Aside from the sexiness in that moody trumpet, Kind of Blue introduced modal...

    October 16, 2008 12:00 AM ET
  • Ben Folds Five Revive "Reinhold Messner" at Inaugural MySpace "Front to Back" Show

    Ben Folds Five Revive "Reinhold Messner" at Inaugural MySpace "Front to Back" Show | ARTICLE

    One of the highlights of the Ben Folds Five reunion show Thursday night on the University of North Carolina campus in Chapel Hill came during the band's performance of its final single, "Army." It's the quintessential college-rock...

    September 19, 2008 11:45 AM ET
  • One Kind Favor

    One Kind Favor | ALBUM REVIEW

    This isn't just B.B. King's best album in years, it's one of the strongest studio sets of his career, standing alongside classics such as Singin' the Blues and Lucille. Where those early titles highlighted his youthful, wailing...

    September 4, 2008 12:00 AM ET
  • Deja Vu Live

    Deja Vu Live | ALBUM REVIEW

    The highlight of this soundtrack to CSNY: Déjà Vu, Neil Young's film about the group's 2006 Freedom of Speech Tour, comes after Young sings "Let's Impeach the President" to an Atlanta audience that suddenly divides like Congress,...

    August 21, 2008 12:00 AM ET
  • Life Death Love and Freedom

    Life Death Love and Freedom | ALBUM REVIEW

    Earlier this year, John McCain used John Mellencamp's hits "Our Country" and "Pink Houses" during stump speeches, until the Democratic singer asked him to stop. It's unlikely that the Republican candidate would find anything useful for his...

    July 10, 2008 12:00 AM ET
  • Live In Santa Monica 72

    Live In Santa Monica 72 | ALBUM REVIEW

    Why this album was never officially released until now remains one of the great mysteries of major-label decision making. Long bootlegged, Live Santa Monica '72 captures the glam-rock pioneer during his Ziggy Stardust prime,on his first U.S....

    July 7, 2008 12:00 AM ET
  • Where The Light Is: John Mayer Live In Los Angeles

    Where The Light Is: John Mayer Live In Los Angeles | ALBUM REVIEW

    >In the studio, John Mayer comes across as a technically proficient singer, songwriter and guitarist, although he can sound somewhat emotionally removed from his material. But on this two-disc live CD set (a DVD is sold separately),...

    July 1, 2008 12:00 AM ET
  • One Hell Of A Ride

    One Hell Of A Ride | ALBUM REVIEW

    This anthology proves Willie Nelson was as much a country-music renegade when he wrotePatsy Cline's 1961 hit "Crazy" as he was in the Seventies when he grewout his hair, flipped Nashville the bird and cut Red Headed...

    April 3, 2008 12:00 AM ET
  • Backwoods Barbie

    Backwoods Barbie | ALBUM REVIEW

    No matter how flamboyantly pop Dolly Parton's music became in the early Eighties, she was always a country girl at heart. Today it's the reverse: No matter how back-to-basics-country her recent albums have been, her heart still...

    March 6, 2008 12:00 AM ET
  • Gods of Rock Deliver the Goods: Van Halen Kick Off Reunion Tour

    Gods of Rock Deliver the Goods: Van Halen Kick Off Reunion Tour | ARTICLE

    "You're going to see some tears when they hit that stage," said Modesto, California's Matt Caramella as he waited for Van Halen with David Lee Roth to hit the stage for the first time since 1984 in...

    September 28, 2007 9:07 AM ET
  • Diamond Dogs: 30th Anniversary Edition

    Diamond Dogs: 30th Anniversary Edition | ALBUM REVIEW

    When this came out in 1974, it was roundly dismissed as Ziggy Stardust's last strangled gasp. In hindsight, Diamond Dogs is marginally more worthwhile; its resigned nihilism inspired interesting gloom and doom from later goth and industrial...

    July 8, 2004 12:00 AM ET
  • Undermind

    Undermind | ALBUM REVIEW

    For their twelfth and last studio album, Phish team up with the most fitting producer they've ever used: Tchad Blake, whose talent for bringing just the right unorthodox textures to roots-rock artists has yielded breakthrough works such...

    June 14, 2004 12:00 AM ET
  • The Ride

    The Ride | ALBUM REVIEW

    On The Ride, Los Lobos veer back and forth between their two main modes: the East L.A. band's catholic mix of rock, soul, country and Latin music, and its more recent dalliances with experimental textures. Along the...

    April 26, 2004 12:00 AM ET
  • The Essential Santana

    The Essential Santana | ALBUM REVIEW

    As great a guitarist as Carlos Santana is, his choices of songs and sidemen during the past twenty years have been questionable, at best. The evidence is in this double-disc anthology of his group's Columbia years. In...

    October 22, 2002 12:00 AM ET
  • Shenanigans

    Shenanigans | ALBUM REVIEW

    Pop-punk followers like blink-182 may have eclipsed Green Day in the past few years, but the Bay Area trio's 2001 best-of collection, International Superhits!, was an excellent reminder of how seductive this band can be when pumping...

    August 22, 2002 12:00 AM ET
  • Earliest Buckley Recordings Due

    Earliest Buckley Recordings Due | ARTICLE

    Five years after the death of singer-songwriter Jeff Buckley, his earliest recordings are finally being released. When a twenty-four-year-old Buckley went into a New York studio with guitarist Gary Lucas to demo "Grace" in 1991, he didn't even have a record...

    August 15, 2002 12:00 AM ET
  • At Fillmore East

    At Fillmore East | ALBUM REVIEW

    This double-disc live album spawned a thousand Southern-rock bands. Before the appearance of At Fillmore East, most young, white Southern musicians either backed great black soul singers, played country music or mimicked the Beatles. The Allman Brothers...

    July 16, 2002 12:00 AM ET
  • Diorama

    Diorama | ALBUM REVIEW

    The fifteen-year-old mall rats who recorded Silverchair's mid-Nineties debut, Frogstomp, got plenty of flak from folks who couldn't get beyond the band's preoccupation with Pearl Jam, Nirvana and, later, Radiohead. But behind the loud-soft dynamics of the...

    July 16, 2002 12:00 AM ET
  • No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems

    No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems | ALBUM REVIEW

    Kenny Chesney, a man who once sang about his sexy tractor, fancies Hallmark-card country propped up by clean, pop-metal guitars and bright, firecracker drums. In his rich, George Strait baritone, Chesney covers all the contempo-country bases on...

    June 20, 2002 12:00 AM ET
  • Red Medicine

    Red Medicine | ALBUM REVIEW

    Fugazi have never been quite as one-dimensional as their critics would have it. On their first full-length album, 1990's Repeater, the D.C. quartet reinvented the sound of American hardcore. They wailed their emotionally charged political diatribes in...

    February 2, 1998 12:00 AM ET