Review: Indie-Rock Group Stars Almost Lives Up To Name
2007 / Music

Review: Indie-Rock Group Stars Almost Lives Up To Name

Canadian indie-rock combo Stars bowled over many in the hipster nation with their last album. The band’s latest disc builds on this success, demonstrating an expanded musical vision, and comes tantalizingly close to making good on their name. Continue reading

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Review: PJ Harvey Draws Simplified Song Sketches With ‘White Chalk’
2007 / Music

Review: PJ Harvey Draws Simplified Song Sketches With ‘White Chalk’

At the same time that PJ Harvey earned a spot as one of the poster children of the ’90s alternative nation, she also established that she’s an artist determined to go her own way. But despite this, it’s still somehow surprising how dramatically she gives herself a musical makeover for her latest disc, “White Chalk.” Continue reading

Review: 50 Cent Hopes Hype Will Sell Repetitive New Record
2007 / Music

Review: 50 Cent Hopes Hype Will Sell Repetitive New Record

If you believe rapper 50 Cent’s beef with fellow superstar Kanye West really exists, you deserve to be shot nine times. Their alleged rivalry, inflamed by the fact that both released albums on the same day last week, is pure marketing hype aimed at papering over the fact that 50’s new disc, “Curtis,” is a disappointing retread of his thug-hailing past. Continue reading