As a dog returns to its… master, so VH-1 returns to excavate the ’80s once more. But Ben Varkentine’s been digging those fields a lot longer than they have, and he’s got the scars to prove it.
Off the Hook (Moonshine). Review by Nathan T. Birk
I’m confused. Psychedelic messages creeping through my mind, and guitars sing…
Interview by Geoff Baumgartner
The Contender (Warner Bros.). Review by James Mann
Music Midtown is a great chance to catch bands you might never get to see otherwise. Frank Mullen took some chances at this year’s festival in Atlanta, and found out what he’d been missing from the likes of Jimmy Cliff, BR5-49, the Jungle Brothers, and Bjorn Again, as well as a pre-Noel Gallagher walk-out Oasis.
power rock,Tsar,Straight,Birdman Records,Daniel Mitchell
Comedown Machine (RCA). Review by Jen Cray.
A couple travels the countryside and steals people’s self-respect.
Tim Fite demonstrates to a Chicago crowd that a spoonful of sugar really does help the medicine go down.
Alternately called spooky and melancholy, the Black Heart Procession really like to have fun just as much as the next guys, even if that doesn’t always come across in their music. Marcel Feldmar spoke with Tobias and Pall, and found out they aren’t ready for the grave yet, after all.
Every Day I Wish You Harm (Doghouse). Review by Keith Mercer