Archive for the ‘Music Reviews’ Category

Posted Under Journalism, Music Reviews
| Originally Published In Boston Globe

Live: Tori Amos shows it’s her night to howl

Tori Amos conjured many moments of delicate beauty with her ethereal voice and elegant piano playing during the Boston stop of her Lottapianos Tour at the FleetBoston Pavilion on Sunday night. But from her famously provocative postures to the British invasion-style screams that filled the sold-out arena, this was no understated recital. Amos came off […]

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| Originally Published In Boston Phoenix

The Rapture New Wave’s new wave

The Rapture are one of the main acts at the epicenter of a new wave of new wave–inspired bands who, in the wake of the Strokes’ success, have been generating a major underground buzz for the past year — a scene that includes Radio 4, Interpol, Liars, and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Thanks to the […]

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| Originally Published In Allmusic.com

The Humpers Live Forever or Die Trying

The Humpers dispense gritty, unrelenting rock & roll on their 1996 Epitaph release, Live Forever or Die Trying. The opener, “Wake Up and Lose,” sets the tone for their third album, layering bleakly sarcastic lyrics over cocky, yet glowering rock, with a coiled flare-up of guitar solo at its center. Scott “Deluxe” Drake’s vocals on songs […]

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| Originally Published In Allmusic.com

The Groovie Ghoulies Re-Animation Festival

The scratchy opening chords of “Tunnel of Love,” the first number on the Groovie Ghoulies‘ 1997 album Re-Animation Festival, build momentum as the verses repeat, climbing like a rickety wooden roller coaster until the song explodes into its downward race, an ecstatic rock romance about a special, spooky love. The tempo on the next songs doesn’t let […]

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| Originally Published In Allmusic.com

Hollywood Brats

Like a less famous British cousin of the New York Dolls, the Hollywood Brats also had a taste for feather boas, glitter, and tough rock & roll played with rough-and-tumble abandon. Although they only recorded one full-length album that was not released until after they had broken up, the band is recognized as a pioneer of […]

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