Cruise: 'The Art of Being a Girl'

| Sep 18, 2002

Cruise: "The Art of Being a Girl"

It’s hard to think of Julee Cruise without conjuring up images of cursing madmen or midgets in red-curtained rooms. Ever since her ghostly lullabies hovered eerily over the movie “Blue Velvet” and the ’80s bizarro hit TV series “Twin Peaks,” people assumed that she ...

Interpol: 'Turn on the Bright Lights'

| Sep 4, 2002

Interpol: "Turn on the Bright Lights"

Back in high school, my art and drama classes were spent hanging out with the goth-rockers and burnouts who slouched over the corner table. As we gushed over bands like Bauhaus, Joy Division and Wire, we etched their names on our jeans with crappy, ...

Guided by Voices: 'Universal Truths and Cycles'

| Aug 28, 2002

Guided by Voices: "Universal Truths and Cycles"

Hype moves in mysterious ways. Take the band Guided by Voices, for example. Although frothy fanatics such as myself have been touting GBV as the best rock ‘n’ roll band on the planet for years, our claims were often met with little more than ...

Janet Klein: past perfect

Aug 14, 2002

Janet Klein: past perfect

Janet Klein’s ukulele is no gimmick. Nor are her “obscure, lovely and naughty songs from the ’10s, ’20s and ’30s.” Klein and her L.A.-based band, The Parlor Boys, are about as real a deal as it gets. More than just fans of phonographs and ...

| Aug 14, 2002

The Flaming Lips': "Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots"

Meet Yoshimi. She’s a black belt in karate. She keeps in shape and takes her vitamins, because, well, it gets tough fighting giant androids bent on world domination. The relativity of time, the finality of death and the drama of this Japanese lass going ...

Sonic Youth: Murray Street

| Aug 7, 2002

Sonic Youth: Murray Street

Jim O’Rourke is on a roll. First, post-rock’s poster child released his best solo effort, “Insignificance,” late last year, and now he’s on two of the best albums of 2002. As well as having produced Wilco’s breakthrough album, “Yankee Hotel Foxtrot,” O’Rourke has become ...

It takes a village . . .

Jul 17, 2002

It takes a village . . .

The feat of building a community takes vision, commitment and lots of time. But once every year, a massive village materializes on a mountainside in Niigata Prefecture in late July, only to vanish into thin air less than a week later. This temporary township ...

| Jul 10, 2002

Azure Ray: 'Burn and Shiver'

Somewhere between heartbreak and happiness lies a mist-shrouded land of limbo, where it’s always raining softly and people stare pensively out windows, contemplating love and life over steaming cups of Earl Grey. Wherever this place is, it seems Azure Ray are permanent residents. On ...

| Jul 3, 2002

Cee-lo: 'Cee-lo and His Perfect Imperfections'

Neo-soul began in the late ’90s when vocalists who grew up listening to Curtis Mayfield, Prince and De La Soul made their own records, and in doing so, finally made the urban music charts interesting again. Now progressive-rap aficionado Cee-lo has decided to throw ...

The Breeders: 'Title TK'

| Jun 12, 2002

The Breeders: 'Title TK'

Ahh, The Breeders — champions of the low-tech, indie ethic of the early ’90s. Those twin sisters, Kim and Kelly Deal, and their spooky-yet-sensual vocals. Those guitar riffs your kid brother could play, but could never pull off like they did. This was the ...