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Johnathan Rice – Trouble Is Real

April 15th, 2005


Trouble Unlikely

Johnathan Rice’s smoky voice sounds nothing like a 65 year old man’s as he claims, though it might pass for that of a Jeff Buckley protégé. This young Scottish-American is making a splash here in the States, touring non-stop to promote his upcoming album Trouble is Real. It’s hard to predict trouble for this young troubadour, though. Read more…

By Thea Cooke Posted in Reviews

Ani Difranco – Knuckle Down

April 2nd, 2005


Ani Knuckles Down

Ani Difranco has stepped back into the studio for her latest album. For any other artist this might not be surprising, but for Difranco recording in a professional studio instead of her home-made one is a change, and gives Knuckle Down a different feel than her last completely solo, self-recorded, and self-produced album: Educated Guess. Read more…

By Thea Cooke Posted in Reviews

Mae – The Everglow

March 23rd, 2005


Proper Aesthetics In Multisensory Experiences

The “Prologue” on The Everglow contains a crackling introduction, instructing the listener to view the album artwork as they experience the music. The watercolor paintings, in tandem with the songs, relate the story of a band on a journey. Mae’s latest concept album is anything but a sophomore slump; Everglow is inspired, well-crafted, and everything the band’s fans no doubt hoped it would be. Read more…

By Thea Cooke Posted in Reviews

P.I.C – Sexy Picnic

February 9th, 2005


Get Down While You Chow Down

P.I.C started out unlike most other groups – as a mockumentary about a Philipino hip-hop group, a cross between Public Enemy and Spinal Tap. Before long, they established their spontaneous and wild stage presence enough to convince audience members that they were an actual group, and ended up as the house band for Comedy Central’s Premium Blend. So how does a group of fun-loving film students turn into a hip-hop group that’s broadcast over national television on Friday nights? Read more…

By Thea Cooke Posted in Reviews

Jam Camp – Black Hills Jam

January 31st, 2005


A Flavorful Black Hills Jam

Imagine stepping back into the 1970’s, and walking into a dark smoky club. Onstage are Frank Zappa, Jimmy Page, Jerry Garcia, and a host of other fabulous music-makers. Accompanying them are a saxophonist and a synthesizer. Were this intense merging of talents and styles content to simply sit on stage and improvise, the resulting music would likely sound like Jam Camp’s Black Hills Jam. Read more…

By Thea Cooke Posted in Reviews

U2 – How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb

January 19th, 2005


U2’s Latest Not A Bomb

How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb may sound like a primer in peaceful politicking, but don’t be fooled; U2’s latest blockbuster venture is more a love story than anything else. Read more…

By Thea Cooke Posted in Reviews

The Jam Man

January 12th, 2005

There’s a guy whom you sometimes see on the streets of Philadelphia (no reference to the song intended), who calls himself Tony Jam. At least, I think it’s Tony. What I remember is the “Jam” part. Read more…

By Thea Cooke Posted in Editorials

Violence vs. Rhythm

December 11th, 2004

This past week, Dimebag Darrell faced death by staring down the barrel of a stranger’s gun. Oddly, it always seems to be the “number one fans” who commit such horrendous random acts of violence against their beloved idols. Events like this makes one question why we should attempt to be a part of society at all. Read more…

By Thea Cooke Posted in Editorials

The Donnas – Gold Medal

December 10th, 2004


Going For The Gold

The Donnas have been called a female version of The Ramones, a punkish, rock-n-roll quartet of attitudinal women. However, with their newest release Gold Medal, they may finally shed that stereotype. Read more…

By Thea Cooke Posted in Reviews

Red Hot Scars Run Deep

November 30th, 2004

Anthony Kiedis has long been one of the cornerstones of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. The public perception of his life has been boiled down to that of a drug-addicted, rock/punk/funk singer. But with his new autobiography, Scar Tissue, Kiedis breaks down this perception and shows us a lot more than just the scars the public sees – he shows us the wounds that they come from, as well as the inflicting weapons. Read more…

By Thea Cooke Posted in Features