Archive for June, 2003

Talib Kweli – Quality

June 26th, 2003

Kwelity Music

The title of Talib Kweli’s newest solo venture sums up his message. Quality’s lyrics speak to a higher quality of living – preaching love in place of violence and personal health over material wealth. The passion of Kweli’s words is met perfectly by the craftsmanship of his music, compositions blending classical tones, funk, blues and soul molded by Kweli’s amazing sense for melody.
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By Steve Mangione Posted in Reviews

The White Stripes – Elephant

June 25th, 2003

Peppermint Stripe Music Still Sweet

The White Stripes duo continues their forward momentum from White Blood Cells in their most recent release Elephant and they show no signs of slowing down. Through four albums in as many years, The Stripes have enthralled music connoisseurs everywhere with a revival of classic rock that is true to the past; yet doesn’t feel out of time or place by combining the chords of the masters (Hendrix, Zepplin) with a touch of young blood. A cleanly distorted, “rusty” guitar, piano, and slide chords are common with a good amount of soul and the blues making a refreshing and vitalizing experience.
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By Mike Verzella Posted in Reviews

Dog Fashion Disco – Committed to a Bright Future

June 23rd, 2003

Welcome to the Metal Circus

An established music industry veteran once described Dog Fashion Disco’s music as “having a clown with a knife chase after you.” Cutlery and makeup aside, this Washington D.C. based quartet have been heavily renowned for creating unconventional Heavy Metal music and “Committed to a Bright Future” is no exception. While Dog Fashion Disco’s music does adhere to typical song formats and structure, the band happily (and sometimes eerily) spice things up with a saxophone or flute solo in the middle of a song to go along with the chaotic blend of superb musicianship with an added touch of avant garde-esque lyrical content. Though in all aspects the band is progressively more innovative than modern mainstream metal, the ‘genre-bending’ style that they are heavily marketed on has been around since the early 90’s with Mike Patton’s project, Mr. Bungle. Read more…

By Taylor Whipple Posted in Reviews

Mae – Destination: Beautiful

June 23rd, 2003

It’s Mae’s Day

If you happen to go to a show featuring the bands Copeland or The Starting Line, try to get there early for someone who might be opening. Their name is Mae, and they’re on the rise. Read more…

By Thea Cooke Posted in Reviews

Blur – Think Tank

June 23rd, 2003

Thinking Man’s Tank

When we last saw Blur frontman Damon Albarn, he was disguised as a cartoon character along with Dan the Automator in the comic books-meet-hip hop outfit Gorillaz. Now that the wild ride of the widely successful Gorillaz experience has worn off, what is Damon left to do? The answer is simple: channel all that creativity and insanity into what made him popular in the first place. Read more…

By Hevan Chan Posted in Reviews

The Transplants – The Transplants

June 18th, 2003

Rancid Roadie 182

Enter: the combined musical talents of veteran-punk pure-bloods Tim Armstrong (Operation Ivy, Rancid) and Travis Barker (Blink 182, Boxcar Racer), and new face Rob Ashton, uprooted from their respective dynasties and fittingly named The Transplants. These three gentlemen have – on a whim – gone back to the roots of punk by taking everything we thought we knew about music and putting it in a blender. Read more…

By Mike Verzella Posted in Reviews

The Deftones – The Deftones

June 16th, 2003

The Evolution Revolution

When commercial success is mixed with current trends in rock music, the result is usually a significant loss of creative musical direction and perhaps most notably, loss of credibility. Sacramento’s finest rock group, the Deftones, have managed to comfortably ‘buck the system,’ staying out of the lime light, while still enjoying a degree of commercial success and evolving musically the whole time. None of this was more evident in 2001, when the band released “White Pony,” a moody and emotional, effects-laden album; a stark contrast from their previous two heavier, more streamlined ‘rock’ albums. With this came their first taste of true commercial success, and the stringent backlash of fans touting them as ’sell outs.’ Read more…

By Taylor Whipple Posted in Reviews

Ladytron – Light & Magic

June 15th, 2003

Ladytron’s Light on the Magic, But Still Addictive

Did you ever listen to an album that sounded like something you wouldn’t listen to twice…yet you found yourself humming the tunes for 48 hours afterward? That’s what Ladytron’s second album “Light & Magic” does, it grows on you like a fuzzy fungus. Read more…

By Thea Cooke Posted in Reviews

Queens of the Stone Age – Songs for the Deaf

June 14th, 2003

Way to Hit Em’ Dave!

Quality Rock and Roll. It’s hard to believe that almost ten years since we’ve heard any? Maybe that’s why Queens of the Stone Age and their new album Songs for the Deaf seems all the more refreshing. This is Rock and Roll at its absolute finest. No nonsense, no excuses, no scene and no style like the new school stripped down sound or rap metal. Songs for the Deaf packs plenty of solid riffs, bass grooves and smooth rock vocal delivery. Read more…

By Raymond Flotat Posted in Reviews

The Roots – Phrenology

June 13th, 2003

A Study in Organic Hip-Hop

On their 1995 LP “Do You Want More?!”, The Roots proclaimed that you were about to bear witness to some “organic hip-hop”, a sound that seems to have not faltered, watered down nor has it been corrupted by the bling-bling virus that has plagued hip-hop music today. As a unit, the Philadelphia sextet functions beautifully by trading off each others rhythms and vibes to create a unified sound and with each member showcasing their talent with such brilliance that it’s almost impossible to focus on each individual section of the band. Read more…

By Hevan Chan Posted in Reviews