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 ...

Wilco: 'Yankee Hotel Foxtrot'

| May 29, 2002

Wilco: 'Yankee Hotel Foxtrot'

On the new Wilco album, “Yankee Hotel Foxtrot,” frontman Jeff Tweedy muses that his mind is filled with “radio cures.” Looks like his old label didn’t think so. Citing a lack of commercially viable tracks on “YHF” and the band’s refusal to rework them, ...

| May 15, 2002

Sage Francis: 'Personal Journals'

The marriage between art and entertainment in music has always been a dubious one, with hip-hop no exception. That’s what makes Sage Francis, the spoken-word poet and freestyle-rhyme champion, one of the medium’s brightest hopes. Hailing from Rhode Island (not exactly a hip-hop mecca), ...

| May 8, 2002

Treasure Isle: 'Ska All Mighty'

Ska — Jamaica’s first indigenous music — has experienced several revivals. Led by Desmond Decker in the ’60s, The Specials and Fishbone in the ’80s, and third-wavers Sublime and No Doubt in the mid-’90s, each new version strayed further from its origin, often achieving ...

The Music

| Apr 10, 2002

The Music

Critical acclaim can be a fickle creature, with up-and-coming bands often drowning in their own hype. Whether because of fate, arrogance or the nature of the music industry itself, countless artists have been swatted off their pedestals by the very same writers and fans ...

Reverend Horton Heat: 'Lucky 7'

| Apr 3, 2002

Reverend Horton Heat: 'Lucky 7'

Honky-tonks, hot rods and a half-dozen bottles of bourbon. Welcome to the wild and woolly world of the Reverend Horton Heat. It’s been 10 years, four record labels and endless gallons of booze and premium unleaded since the good Reverend (aka Chris Heath) first ...