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  • No Doubt to Get Sexy on Tour

    No Doubt to Get Sexy on Tour | ARTICLE

    The big question for the new No Doubt tour: Who's going to be in the house? Will it be the kids currently digging the multiformat hit "Hey Baby?" Or those who have followed the SoCal quintet since...

    March 8, 2002 12:00 AM ET
  • Jay-Z Live... MTV Unplugged

    Jay-Z Live... MTV Unplugged | ALBUM REVIEW

    Jay-Z gives himself an unexpected artistic makeover on the loose Unplugged, which was recorded live in November for an MTV special. Abandoning his usual sample-based production to mix it up with the fiery Roots rhythm section and...

    January 8, 2002 12:00 AM ET
  • Global A Go-Go

    Global A Go-Go | ALBUM REVIEW

    If Joe Strummer ever gets around to writing a novel, he'll be able to draw his characters completely from the wackos wandering through the seamy underworld of Global A Go-Go: the friend of despots and dictators who...

    September 4, 2001 12:00 AM ET
  • Renegades

    Renegades | ALBUM REVIEW

    Thanks to Limp Bizkit and their legion of imitators, rap metal now gets dismissed as an evolutionary mistake, the bastard realm of repetitive two-bar guitar riffs and sledgehammering monochrome beats. But the pioneering Rage Against the Machine...

    November 21, 2000 12:00 AM ET
  • Love, God, Murder

    Love, God, Murder | ALBUM REVIEW

    Johnny Cash began his career at Sun Records in 1955 and has been hailed as a rebel poet in each decade since. Appropriately, instead of dropping another greatest-hits anthology or an unsurprising set of leftover rarities, for...

    June 22, 2000 12:00 AM ET
  • Both Sides Now

    Both Sides Now | ALBUM REVIEW

    Deep down, Joni Mitchell has always been a jazz singer. Though her compositions center on life lessons and other writerly observations, what animates them are the intricate melodies — jackknifing, sharp-cornered lines that demand to-the-syllable specificity. On...

    March 16, 2000 12:00 AM ET
  • So Many Roads (1965-1995)

    So Many Roads (1965-1995) | ALBUM REVIEW

    For years, when jazz and rock musicians would gripe about the Grateful Dead, it went something like this: They make aimless acid-trip stuff; they can't really play their instruments; the vocals wander off-key; the jams go on...

    December 9, 1999 12:00 AM ET
  • Gris-Gris

    Gris-Gris | ALBUM REVIEW

    Put on Dr. John's 1968 debut, Gris-Gris, and no matter where you are, it becomes nighttime on a lonely bayou and you are the unwelcome, painfully out-of-place tourist. Every living thing is moving stealthily and slowly. Along...

    October 14, 1999 12:00 AM ET
  • Live at Woodstock

    Live at Woodstock | ALBUM REVIEW

    Funny how the historic milestones can change over time. Consider Jimi Hendrix at Woodstock. Without even thinking, most would identify it as a pivotal moment, a culmination of the musical explosion that was the late Sixties. The...

    August 19, 1999 12:00 AM ET
  • No Security

    No Security | ALBUM REVIEW

    In the nineties, the Rolling Stones have marked the end of each of their colossal world tours with a live album. The twist on No Security, the band's third caught-in-the-act collection this decade, is the way that...

    October 29, 1998 12:00 AM ET
  • The BBC Sessions

    The BBC Sessions | ALBUM REVIEW

    During one of several spoken interludes on the two-disc BBC Sessions, Jimi Hendrix interrupts the radio-interview happy talk to wonder whether anyone is listening. "Be a shame for all that music to go to waste," he says. It...

    July 9, 1998 12:00 AM ET
  • Days Like This

    Days Like This | ALBUM REVIEW

    Just past the halfway point of his 25th album as a solo artist, Van Morrison offers a Vegas-like soft shoe called "Songwriter." It's his statement of purpose, codified in cringe-ola couplets: "I'm a songwriter, I can put...

    February 2, 1998 12:00 AM ET
  • Deuces Wild

    Deuces Wild | ALBUM REVIEW

    Everybody does what they're supposed to do on Deuces Wild, B.B. King's exceedingly polished duets collection. The blue notes turn up in the right places, the guitars nail the important idiomatic details, and the celebrity apprentices —...

    January 7, 1998 12:00 AM ET
  • Buena Vista Social Club

    Buena Vista Social Club | ALBUM REVIEW

    It makes some kind of cosmic sense that Ry Cooder — a slide guitarist whose collaborations with Indian classical musicians and Tex-Mex stars have yielded recordings of rare and unconventional beauty — would wind up...

    September 18, 1997 12:00 AM ET
  • Still Waters

    Still Waters | ALBUM REVIEW

    The cycles of celebrity being what they are, it's perhaps inevitable that the Bee Gees, semikings of pop in two different eras, would come knocking on the door again, trying for a three-peat. After all, John Travolta...

    April 22, 1997 12:00 AM ET
  • Vulnerable

    Vulnerable | ALBUM REVIEW

    There always was a bit of the crooner in Marvin Gaye. Even at his most explicit, the singer known for his era-defining calls to enlightenment ("What's Going On") and his heated bedroom pleas ("Sexual Healing") ennobled love's...

    March 6, 1997 12:00 AM ET
  • The Aeroplane Flies High

    The Aeroplane Flies High | ALBUM REVIEW

    Billy Corgan knows what to do when his muse pays him a visit. The guitarist and singer of the Smashing Pumpkins — alternately hailed as a tortured genius and vilified as the bratty voice of entitled suburban...

    December 12, 1996 12:00 AM ET
  • Washing Machine

    Washing Machine | ALBUM REVIEW

    Sick of faceless corporate alternative rock yet? So are Sonic Youth. They've spent years watching other bands mangle their ideas and turn the often narrow-minded results into a cause célèbre (or a million seller). Now this patient...

    October 19, 1995 12:00 AM ET
  • A Live One

    A Live One | ALBUM REVIEW

    A brief history of noodling: Back in the days when jazz was pop music and swing bands roamed the earth, it was common for horn players to "noodle" around the melodies of popular favorites. Benny Goodman was...

    August 24, 1995 12:00 AM ET
  • Come

    Come | ALBUM REVIEW

    Hmm ... let's see. Tombstone on the cover proclaiming 1993 as the year of Prince's death. A dramatic recollection from an abused child, complete with a scarifying warning: "Don't abuse children, or else they'll turn out like...

    September 8, 1994 12:00 AM ET
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