| 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 ...

Macha: 'The Ride'

| Mar 27, 2002

Macha: 'The Ride'

After the disbanding of their Gainesville, Fla.-based prog-rock group Emperor Moth, multi-instrumentalist brothers Joshua and Mishco Makay moved to Athens, Ga., where they formed Macha. The shift from one thriving college town to another — and a backpacking trip through Southeast Asia — changed ...

Boards of Canada: 'Geogaddi'

| Mar 20, 2002

Boards of Canada: 'Geogaddi'

Electronic music isn’t known for its sentimentality. However, when critics wrote about Boards of Canada’s 1998 release, “Music Has the Right to Children,” the word “nostalgia” was kicked around more than once. The amalgam of Vangelis-like keyboards and loops of school kids at play ...

Janet Klein: 'Paradise Wobble'

| Feb 27, 2002

Janet Klein: 'Paradise Wobble'

Janet Klein was born in the wrong era. With her warm, lilting voice, flapper dresses and ukulele, she seems more suitable for the Roaring ’20s than the world today. On “Paradise Wobble,” she gives us a taste of the bygone era she pines for. ...