70 items by Mark Kemp

  • Wowee Zowee

    Wowee Zowee | ALBUM REVIEW

    What does a defiantly anti-corporate rock band do when it starts getting too much attention? In Pavement's case, they recoil. After a few ambitiously experimental though eminently tuneful releases — two singles and a 10-inch — for...

    February 2, 1998 12:00 AM ET
  • Bradley Nowell: Life After Death

    Bradley Nowell: Life After Death | ARTICLE

    The story of Sublime is full of sad, strange twists, but this is perhaps the strangest: Since frontman Brad Nowell overdosed before his...

    December 25, 1997 5:15 PM ET
  • Bridges to Babylon

    Bridges to Babylon | ALBUM REVIEW

    On their last two albums, the Rolling Stones proved that they still had verve and stamina, and that they could re-create the sounds...

    September 29, 1997 12:00 PM ET
  • American Caesar

    American Caesar | ALBUM REVIEW

    Iggy Pop's last album, Brick by Brick (1990), seemed as if it might be his swan song — one last blast of creative juice after a decade's worth of mostly uninspired dreck. Three years later, however, it...

    July 17, 1997 12:00 AM ET
  • OK Computer

    OK Computer | ALBUM REVIEW

    The days of whine and poses may be over, but don't tell that to Radiohead singer Thom Yorke. He has survived the demise of grunge with all of his anxiety and disillusionment intact. Which hardly means that...

    July 10, 1997 12:00 AM ET
  • Beck On Odelay, Winning Two Grammys, and Killing the Cliché

    Beck On Odelay, Winning Two Grammys, and Killing the Cliché | ARTICLE

    You gotta do the chicken thing again." Beck's manager interrupts the 26-year-old singer's lunch on the set of the British pop-music TV show...

    April 17, 1997 12:00 AM ET
  • Earthling

    Earthling | ALBUM REVIEW

    If there was any doubt which artist made the biggest impression on the David Bowie/Nine Inch Nails tour, Bowie's new album offers a clue. Nearly every song on Earthling gets its charge from the kind of loud,...

    February 20, 1997 12:00 AM ET
  • The Rolling Stones' 'Rock & Roll Circus' is Back in Town

    The Rolling Stones' 'Rock & Roll Circus' is Back in Town | ARTICLE

    For the final song of the hour-long television special The Rolling Stones Rock & Roll Circus, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards are...

    October 31, 1996 2:15 PM ET
  • New Adventures In Hi-Fi

    New Adventures In Hi-Fi | ALBUM REVIEW

    They say it's always darkest before the dawn. For R.E.M., these have been dark days indeed. In 1992 the Athens, Ga., band released Automatic for the People, on which the singer and lyricist Michael Stipe reflected upon...

    September 19, 1996 12:00 AM ET
  • Odelay

    Odelay | ALBUM REVIEW

    The big question that followed the runaway success of Beck Hansen's major-label debut, Mellow Gold, was: Can this precocious child of bohemian stock survive one-hit novelty status? The refrain of his unlikely avant-folk-rock-hip-hop hit of 1994...

    June 13, 1996 12:00 AM ET