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  • U-God of Wu-Tang Clan

    U-God of Wu-Tang Clan | ARTICLE

    Latin Ladies Shakira is at the top of the Latin-ladies list right now. Her song is so catchy, and her little hip movements catch me out there. I live in the Latin-lady capital, New York City, and...

    January 8, 2002 12:00 AM ET
  • Silver Side Up

    Silver Side Up | ALBUM REVIEW

    If you listen to modern-rock radio, then you've heard Nickelback. This Canadian quartet's second album, Silver Side Up, sounds powered by Fuel, motivated by Creed and stained by, uh, Staind. Nearly every song seems trapped in the...

    September 17, 2001 12:00 AM ET
  • Crystal Days (1979-1999)

    Crystal Days (1979-1999) | ALBUM REVIEW

    Never as pretty as the Smiths, as anthemic or grand as their rival U2 or as suicidal as Joy Division, Echo and the Bunnymen fell between the U.K. post-punk cracks at the dawn of the Eighties. But...

    August 20, 2001 12:00 AM ET
  • Flowers

    Flowers | ALBUM REVIEW

    Never as pretty as the Smiths, as anthemic or grand as their rival U2 or as suicidal as Joy Division, Echo and the Bunnymen fell between the U.K. post-punk cracks at the dawn of the Eighties. But...

    August 20, 2001 12:00 AM ET
  • Hybrid Theory

    Hybrid Theory | ALBUM REVIEW

    A rap-rock outfit with a jones for Depeche Mode? Is this a glitch in the matrix? Linkin Park's debut album, Hybrid Theory, is a freaky-deaky fusion that works in spots — on "Crawling," MC Mike Shinoda's catchy...

    December 7, 2000 12:00 AM ET
  • On The Floor At The Boutique

    On The Floor At The Boutique | ALBUM REVIEW

    I never worked a day in my life, goes the vocal sample that opens Fatboy Slim's new mix compilation. "I just laid back and let the big beat lead me." On the Floor at the Boutique draws...

    April 27, 2000 12:00 AM ET
  • End Hits

    End Hits | ALBUM REVIEW

    "Committed to excellence." This phrase blares out ironically from the jacket art inside Fugazi's sixth album, End Hits. On the one hand, it's the kind of generic corporate slogan these politically righteous postpunkers mock; on the other,...

    June 1, 1998 12:00 AM ET
  • Adam Yauch: The Socially Conscious Beastie Boy

    Adam Yauch: The Socially Conscious Beastie Boy | ARTICLE

    When it comes to his 16-year career with the Beastie Boys, rapper Adam Yauch might consider changing his stage name from MCA to...

    October 18, 1997 3:45 PM ET
  • Monk Rock: U2, Beastie Boys, More at Tibetan Freedom Concert

    Monk Rock: U2, Beastie Boys, More at Tibetan Freedom Concert | ARTICLE

    Ringing in the first day of the second annual Tibetan Freedom Concert, Jon Spencer slithered across the stage in front of a wailing theremin....

    August 7, 1997 5:15 PM ET
  • Evergreen

    Evergreen | ALBUM REVIEW

    Echo and the Bunnymen's reunion album doesn't quite hit the high-water mark of their 1984 classic, Ocean Rain, but it's a stunning comeback nonetheless. While late drummer Pete De Freita's tribal fills are missed (he died in...

    July 7, 1997 12:00 AM ET
  • The Will To Live

    The Will To Live | ALBUM REVIEW

    Neo-folkie Ben Harper's latest album isn't quite as revolutionary as the music that came from Bob Dylan's plugged-in Strat at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival, but on The Will to Live, Harper embraces electrified rock more than...

    June 12, 1997 12:00 AM ET
  • I Can Hear The Heart Beating As One

    I Can Hear The Heart Beating As One | ALBUM REVIEW

    The key to Yo La Tengo's sound is in their noisy cover of the Beach Boys' "Little Honda," off the trio's eighth and latest album, I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One. Like the Beach Boys,...

    April 15, 1997 12:00 AM ET
  • New Faces: Former Beastie Boy DJ Hurricane Turns to Rapping

    New Faces: Former Beastie Boy DJ Hurricane Turns to Rapping | ARTICLE

    I had crazy, crazy times growing up – drinking and walking down the street with a gun in my pocket," says Beastie Boys...

    June 15, 1995 4:55 PM ET
  • Alien Lanes

    Alien Lanes | ALBUM REVIEW

    White men with guitars: this remains the paradigm for indie rock, college rock, underground rock — whatever, nevermind. Still, despite its obsolescence due to politically incorrect Caucasian maleness, this brand of indie rock still produces vital, exciting...

    March 23, 1995 12:00 AM ET
  • Box

    Box | ALBUM REVIEW

    White men with guitars: this remains the paradigm for indie rock, college rock, underground rock — whatever, nevermind. Still, despite its obsolescence due to politically incorrect Caucasian maleness, this brand of indie rock still produces vital, exciting...

    March 23, 1995 12:00 AM ET
  • Jeff Buckley: The Son Also Rises

    Jeff Buckley: The Son Also Rises | ARTICLE

    Being the son of a rock legend, even a cult figure, is a mixed blessing. Jeff Buckley knows that better than most. He's...

    October 20, 1994 10:50 AM ET
  • Without A Sound

    Without A Sound | ALBUM REVIEW

    The hollow pop of a cork pulled out of a bottle opens Dinosaur Jr's new album, Without a Sound; what follows, however, reveals how Dino leader and songwriter J Mascis' once-fierce guitar rock has lost some of...

    October 6, 1994 12:00 AM ET
  • Ill Communication

    Ill Communication | ALBUM REVIEW

    "Why not a Beastie revolution?" proposed the B side of the Beastie Boys' first 12 inch back in 1983; 11 years later, it has happened — it's time to get ill in '94. Since their comeback in...

    June 2, 1994 12:00 AM ET
  • Some Old Bullshit

    Some Old Bullshit | ALBUM REVIEW

    "Why not a Beastie revolution?" proposed the B side of the Beastie Boys' first 12 inch back in 1983; 11 years later, it has happened — it's time to get ill in '94. Since their comeback in...

    June 2, 1994 12:00 AM ET
  • Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain

    Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain | ALBUM REVIEW

    Rock is dead — long live rock. The Who introduced this contradictory sentiment 20 years ago, around the time of punk's birth, and Pavement revive it for punk's rebirth — and not a moment too soon —...

    February 24, 1994 12:00 AM ET
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