Stirring up hype and spiting the haters
Jett bird-dogs Britpop-tarts and surfs upper badonkadonk while Kreme shoegazes at Anderson's Fifth Estate
Which act deserves your entertainment dollar this week?
Classic rock lives on in the hands of youngsters the Redwalls
Spend no more than $10 on music this week
The next Coldwho?
Don't Believe the Truth
The Wonder Stuff is back, with one finger raised for the Britpop it spawned
Band finds focus on new album
Idlewild may mix post-Brit Pop identities, but the tension helped the Scots make one of the year's best albums
Korean artist Lee Bul's karaoke pods will make you feel like you're in orbit
Where there's a Willis, there's a schizophrenic cult icon who can whup all of rock's mad geniuses
Odyssey Number Five (Republic/Universal)
Catchall (Yep Roc)
Familiar to Millions (Epic Records) and All That You Can't Leave Behind (Interscope)
Rev 9 (Not Lame Records)
The Man Who
Standing on the Shoulder of Giants
Fire & Skill: The Songs of the Jam
Is the UK's Gay Dad a nurturing rock patriarch or the Pop that embarrasses you in front of your friends?
December 10 - 16, 1998
Two new releases pit the new songs of Bacharach & Costello against the old classics of Bacharach & David
Trunk Federation's second album finds each member getting in touch with his disturbed inner child
A year-end recap of the albums that made it worthwhile to own a stereo in 1997
Where unit-shifting heroes of rock are exposed as the passionless poseurs they really are
Blur trades its status as Britpop laureate for a dose of Amerindie messiness
The Mystic Mountain Pop of new Brit sensation Kula Shaker
Plying funk and jazz riffs with deejay scratch, Honey Bucket heeds the Beck and call
Superdrag's out to fill you up with high-octane power pop
The Oasis brothers (Noel and Liam Gallagher) indulge in a spot of gin-and-tonic-stoked, sibling-on-sibling bickering
AFTER THE FORMER SOCIALITE WENT TO A HOMELESS SHELTER, EVERYONE THOUGHT SHE WAS IN DEEP TROUBLE. BUT HELEN WHITNEY'S STORY WAS NEVER THAT SAD--OR THAT TIDY.