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  • Jon Spencer Blues Explosion

    published December 27, 2000

    At last -- the perfect band for Mississippi Nights' muddy, bass-heavy sound system! The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion is the finest... More >>

  • Ode to Joy

    published December 27, 2000

    René Spencer SallerSusana Baca, Eco de Sombras (Luaka Bop). Singer/ethnomusicologist Baca,... More >>

  • Les Is More

    published December 6, 2000

    Editor's note: On the morning of Nov. 27, RFT freelancer Paul Friswold was found semiconscious and incoherent in the backseat of a Chevy... More >>

  • Various Artists

    published November 29, 2000

    The difficulty in reviewing compilation albums is that their variety precludes any sort of general summation or brief synopsis. This conundrum is... More >>

  • The Fucking Champs

    published November 22, 2000

    The number 4 is rock & roll shorthand for "we mean business." Traditionally, bands make their grandest, most all-encompassing musical statements... More >>

  • Tony Iommi

    published November 1, 2000

    Tony Iommi has the fist that's launched a thousand bands. His mutilated hand and the down-tuned, misshapen chords he births with it are the... More >>

  • Party Poopers

    published October 25, 2000

    As you may or may not know, there's a presidential election coming up. If your only knowledge of this comes from the staggering barrage of... More >>

  • Non Friction

    published August 23, 2000

    The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher esteem those who think alike than those who think differently. --... More >>

  • Mötley Crüe

    published August 16, 2000

    Mötley Crüe is the epitome of rock & roll excess. Their career has been a tabloid treasure trove of audience riots, drug addictions, car... More >>

  • Queen Mothers

    published August 9, 2000

    It's summertime, and the livin' is easy. Nothin' to do but sit in the AC, read a good book and wait patiently for Ozzfest to hit town. That's... More >>

  • Murder City Devils with the Yo-Yos and the Catheters

    published August 2, 2000

    The Murder City Devils are unrepentant rock & roll. Yeah, that sounds pretty simple and straightforward, but pulling it off is tougher than you... More >>

  • Kid 606

    published July 26, 2000

    Much recent techno/electronic/jungle/ house/whatever music is innocuous: funny electronic blips and bloops over click tracks with clever samples... More >>

  • Eat or Be Eaten

    published July 12, 2000

    The Conformists are an "experimental punk band" (according to their handwritten press kit) from across the river. Only you know whether you like... More >>

  • Sonic Youth

    published June 28, 2000

    This is the Sonic Youth album that's going to disappoint the longtime fans. It's also the album that's going to please the longtime fans. It all... More >>

  • Sunny Day Real Estate with Five Deadly Venoms

    published June 21, 2000

    Sunny Day Real Estate was tagged with the "emo" label early in the band's career, and the stink of that particular slur is strong enough that the... More >>

  • Shiner with Someday I and Nosey Parker

    published May 31, 2000

    Consider the plight of the nonsinging bassist. If you're not Paul McCartney plucking the strings as you sing one of your own songs, what are you... More >>

  • Lemmy, Slim Jim & Danny B

    published May 24, 2000

    This is one of those albums that bends the limits of human comprehension: Lemmy, the demigod leader of biker-space-thrash-rock legends... More >>

  • Rollins Band and Apartment 26

    published May 10, 2000

    Henry Rollins is one of the great polarizers in the music world; people either love him or love to hate him, and there is no middle ground. That's... More >>

  • Jupiter Affect

    published May 3, 2000

    Looking at a name like Jupiter Affect, you'd be justified in assuming this is one of those ambient/house/techno/ dub/whatever albums full of... More >>

  • Various Artists

    published April 26, 2000

    "You meet the losers in the best bars/You meet the winners in the dives." Neil Young sang those words about his sometime band Crazy Horse, and... More >>

  • Penny Offerings

    published April 26, 2000

    "I like it when we're recording and the signal from the guitar cuts out. I mean, I pull my hair out trying to figure out what the problem is, but... More >>

  • Fu Manchu with Sevendust and P.O.D.

    published March 1, 2000

    In 1991, Fu Manchu had no competition for the throne of stoner-rock kings. They sat alone in a cherry airbrushed and bubble-windowed custom van,... More >>

  • Grrl Crazy

    published March 1, 2000

    Way back in the Analog Age, before CDs, DATs, minidiscs and MP3's, existed something called "records," or "LPs." All you milk-crate athletes... More >>


    published February 2, 2000

    "I think you have to shout very long and very often in order for people to appreciate the silence afterwards," said Einstürzende Neubauten... More >>


    published January 12, 2000

    Now that we've collectively jumped into the future by starting the year 2000, it's time we as a people rectify some of the excesses of our... More >>

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