If you've never heard World Class Thugs' heady mix of Americana, psychedelia, Kurt Weill and just plain ol' weird, might I suggest imagining what it might sound like if Scout, Jem and Dill of To Kill a Mockingbird making up songs about the creepy adults of that hot summer, truthful enough that it gi ... More >>
Those who can
By Chris Gray It's time to rank the best of what went around and came around again. BILLY JOEL The Stranger (Columbia/Legacy) As punk and disco exploded, the Piano Man's deeply unhip 1978 breakthrough proved that top-shelf Broadway/Brill Building songwriting could still sell - and, occasionally, ... More >>
A Table Forgotten
Angels of Destruction!
Those who can
As DJ Squalor would say, "Don't not be there..." I've never made a secret of my slavish admiration for the crew that produces the insane industrial-noise soiree known as Sadisco. I assure you, my devotion is much deserved. For three years pervy pied pipers Toby Heidebrink and Donnie Burbank ha ... More >>
There is a Santa Claus
Moody Teutonic stuff
Lou Reed gets to interpret Edgar Allan Poe. He's excited.
Been Here and Gone (Matador)
State fair means music -- and the most toothless people you'll ever see
December 31, 1998 - January 6, 1999
New releases by Brian Setzer and Squirrel Nut Zippers test the staying power of the neo-swing movement
In the tired realm of tribute albums, imitation is the sincerest form of flatulence