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Lil' Kim: The Notorious K.I.M.

Review by Devon Powers, PopMatters, 2000

MS. KIMBERLY "Lil' Kim" Jones, here's your most telling lyric: "You can never be me. You can only resemble." ...

Samantha Mumba: Gotta Tell You

Review by Devon Powers, PopMatters, 2000

FOLLOW THE ANALOGY: Britney is to McDonald's as Christina is to Burger King, as Jessica is to Wendy's as Mandy is to Dunkin' Donuts or ...

The Hives: Veni Vidi Vicious

Review by Devon Powers, PopMatters, September 2000

I'M CONVINCED that there's something about Veni Vidi Vicious, that elicits borderline personality. One minute I'm singing its praises to everyone I know (including an ...

Elastica: Bowery Ballroom, New York

Live Review by Devon Powers, PopMatters, October 2000

I WENT WITH my friend Shannon, who almost didn't get in. We were both lax in terms of buying our tickets, and it seemed that ...

Embrace: If You've Never Been

Review by Devon Powers, PopMatters, 2001

"No, I won't feel ashamed": Embrace-ing Emo-Pop ...

Muse: Origin of Symmetry

Review by Devon Powers, PopMatters, 2001

TO SOME, they were the band that would have been king. Just over a year ago, the now-defunct British music magazine Select boldly went where ...

The Embarrassment: Blister Pop

Review by Devon Powers, PopMatters, 2001

BLISTER POP opens with an edited assembly of The Embarrassment trying to characterize themselves for local radio programs. They bounce back and forth between categorizations—rock, ...

Rare Earth: The Best of Rare Earth (Motown)

Review by Simon Warner, PopMatters, February 2001

MOTOWN'S GOLDEN decade – over 100 US Top Ten hits in the Sixties – was as steady and profitable as the Detroit auto plant conveyor ...

Doves: Bowery Ballroom, New York City

Live Review by Devon Powers, PopMatters, February 2001

TONIGHT, IT'S obvious that Doves don't yet think of themselves as proper English rock stars. ...

The Ramones: Joey Ramone 1951-2001

Comment by Devon Powers, PopMatters, April 2001

SINCE JOEY Ramone’s death, countless journalists have commented, with varying mixtures of pessimism and solace, that punk is dead, literally. ...

Ocean Colour Scene: Mechanical Wonder

Review by Devon Powers, PopMatters, April 2001

WHERE WERE we again? Oh yeah: we were discussing what country and western music from a modern English rock band would sound like. ...

Destiny's Child: Survivor (Columbia)

Review by Simon Warner, PopMatters, May 2001

POP HISTORY IS as slippery as a Tom Parker, as mysterious as a Brian Epstein, as mercurial as a Malcolm McLaren. Like its great managerial ...

Cousteau: Village Underground, New York

Live Review by Devon Powers, PopMatters, May 2001

IN THIS ERA of the cult-status rockstar who can elicit bewilderment and terror just with facsimiles of his/her likeness, there's something to be said for ...

Drive-By Truckers: They Caught Me Smilin' Agin: Drive By Truckers at Brownie's, NYC

Live Review by Kandia Crazy Horse, PopMatters, December 2001

FORGED IN THE fabled hamlet of Muscle Shoals, Alabama, the Drive-By Truckers are magnificent in concert. ...

Liars: Brownie's, New York City

Live Review by Devon Powers, PopMatters, January 2002

BY THE night's end, it seemed everything had been destroyed — including the band. ...

Richard Hawley: Late Night Final

Review by Devon Powers, PopMatters, January 2002

WARNING: WHAT you are about to experience contains not a hint of irony or pessimism, skepticism or half-truths, denial or doubt. ...

Charlatans, The (UK), Starsailor: The Charlatans/Starsailor: Irving Plaza, New York

Live Review by Devon Powers, PopMatters, January 2002

What it feels like for a boy: The Charlatans, Starsailor, and musings on transatlantic masculinities. ...

Stereophonics: Irving Plaza, New York

Live Review by Devon Powers, PopMatters, February 2002

WHAT COMES AFTER Britpop? Or, the Stereophonics take your American hype and shove it ...

Richard Hell: Time

Review by Devon Powers, PopMatters, April 2002

RICHARD HELL can walk down the street in New York City's East Village without being recognized. ...

Crosby Stills Nash & Young: Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young: Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale

Live Review by Kandia Crazy Horse, PopMatters, May 2002

AUTHOR'S NOTE: This tour journal is the last testament of the lost expedition of Mayfair. Last reported near the Grand Canyon, the members of the ...

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Spiritualized: Black Rebel Motorcycle Club/Spiritualized: Beacon Theatre, New York

Live Review by Devon Powers, PopMatters, May 2002

The Drunk and the Junkie: A Concert Review in Two Parts ...

Mariah Carey: Greatest Hits

Review by Devon Powers, PopMatters, May 2002

THERE'S A popular mythology out there that says that certain things–like pop divas and Fortune 500 companies–never die. ...

Gary Wilson: The Cult Of Personality

Profile by Devon Powers, PopMatters, June 2002

IN THE LATE 1970s, Gary Wilson was 24 years old and living in the basement of his parents' house in Endicott, NY. ...

Eileen Rose: Bowery Ballroom, New York

Live Review by Devon Powers, PopMatters, June 2002

INSIDE THAT tiny red dress is a tinier woman, and she's standing before the tiniest crowd I've ever seen at the Bowery Ballroom. ...

Me'Shell Ndegeocello: Irving Plaza, New York

Live Review by Kandia Crazy Horse, PopMatters, June 2002

Two Tribes (Go to War) ...

Take 6: Beautiful World

Review by Mark Anthony Neal, PopMatters, June 2002

WHEN TAKE 6 dropped their self-titled debut in 1988, contemporary R&B and gospel were both at crossroads and the idea of an a cappella gospel ...

Dickey Betts & Great Southern: BB King's Blues Club, New York

Live Review by Kandia Crazy Horse, PopMatters, June 2002

THE ALLMAN Brothers Band has been the central musical group of my life, their œuvre most vital to my worldview. ...

The Psychedelic Furs: The Psychedelic Furs/Talk Talk Talk/Forever Now

Retrospective by Devon Powers, PopMatters, July 2002

I see the future and it will be the Psychedelic Furs. ...

Marah: Mercury Lounge, New York

Live Review by Kandia Crazy Horse, PopMatters, July 2002

Independence Day ...

Cody Chesnutt, Etta James, Joi, Raphael Saadiq, Res: Etta James/Joi/Res/Raphael Saadiq/Cody Chesnutt: BB King's Blues Club & Grill, New York

Live Review by Kandia Crazy Horse, PopMatters, July 2002

Flight to Amazonia (Slight Return) ...

Richie Havens: Bottom Line, NYC

Live Review by Kandia Crazy Horse, PopMatters, August 2002

MOST OF MY generation ("X") peers - especially indie rock & dance music critics - and a wide swathe of bitter boomers relentlessly disparage veteran ...

Liars: They Threw Us All In A Trench And Stuck A Monument On Top

Review by Devon Powers, PopMatters, August 2002

THESE DAYS, there's been a lot of talk about the resurrection of punk/post-punk by New York City bands. ...

Interpol: Turn on the Bright Lights

Review by Devon Powers, PopMatters, August 2002

I FIND SOMETHING terribly tragic about Interpol. It's more than Paul Banks' elegiac vocals, which stir my gut every time I hear them, so much ...

Interpol: Bowery Ballroom, New York

Live Review by Devon Powers, PopMatters, September 2002

YOU'D NEVER guess from the pre-show mania that New York rockers Interpol are not yet superstars. ...

Gene: Maxwell's, New Jersey

Live Review by Devon Powers, PopMatters, September 2002

WHEN I first heard Gene, it was 1995, and I was a senior in high school. ...

Beth Gibbons, Clinic, Gary Wilson, Interpol, Low, N*E*R*D, Richard Ashcroft, The Streets, Supergrass: Best Music of 2002

Guide by Devon Powers, PopMatters, December 2002

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The Clash, Joe Strummer: Less Rotten Than Reasonable: Joe Strummer and My Punk Damascus

Memoir by Simon Warner, PopMatters, December 2002

ALTHOUGH I saw Joe Strummer in action many times, I only met him once and, embarrassingly, confused him with someone else. ...

Earth Wind and Fire: Earth Wind And Fire: Beacon Theater, New York

Live Review by Kandia Crazy Horse, PopMatters, 2003

MY TRAGEDY AS a music fanatic has always been one of being a spirit out of time. I have spent a goodly portion of my ...

Erase Errata: At Crystal Palace

Review by Devon Powers, PopMatters, January 2003

THERE'S A MOMENT in 'Ca. Viewing' — the second song off the second record from the first band to give women a meaningful place in ...

The Coral: The Coral

Review by Devon Powers, PopMatters, January 2003

IT TAKES BALLS to begin an album as pompously as The Coral begin their eponymous debut. The opening bars of country wrangle swagger into a ...

Richard Ashcroft: Human Conditions

Review by Devon Powers, PopMatters, January 2003

PUT ON A Richard Ashcroft record, and suddenly, everything changes. ...

Music, The : The Music: The Music

Review by Devon Powers, PopMatters, February 2003

I HAD A dream about The Music. No: I had a memory. ...

Gary Wilson: Forgotten Lovers

Review by Devon Powers, PopMatters, February 2003

Portrait of the Artist as a Sex-Crazed Eccentric ...

Ladytron: Bowery Ballroom, New York

Live Review by Devon Powers, PopMatters, March 2003

JUST ONE DAY after I saw the Ladytron concert, I experienced its antithesis. ...

The Raveonettes: Whip It On

Review by Devon Powers, PopMatters, March 2003

THE RAVEONETTES are sneaky little devils, aren't they? How dare these wily Danes cause such a stir with their debut Whip It On, just over ...

The Coral: Bowery Ballroom, New York

Live Review by Devon Powers, PopMatters, March 2003

SURE, THE CORAL are just a few yards in front of me, but they're not really here. ...

Ed Harcourt: Fez, New York

Live Review by Devon Powers, PopMatters, March 2003

ED HARCOURT has always been a solo artist, but tonight, he seems even more alone, maybe even lonely. ...

Sigur Ros: Sigur Rós: Radio City Music Hall, New York City

Live Review by Kandia Crazy Horse, PopMatters, March 2003

THERE IS A BEE GEES song that goes, "I started a joke which started the whole world crying." This lyric highlights one of two overriding ...

Blur: Think Tank

Review by Devon Powers, PopMatters, May 2003

IT'S finally happened: Blur have become one of those bands. ...

Marillion: An Interview With Pete Trewavas

Interview by Steven Ward, PopMatters, June 2003

MARILLION MAY BE the best-kept secret in rock. Formed in London in 1981, Marillion started out like any other young band. The band members, including ...

Turin Brakes: Bowery Ballroom, New York

Live Review by Devon Powers, PopMatters, July 2003

THEY'VE DEDICATED 'The Road', the second to last number of the night, to Jean. Jean is the slight, wide-eyed woman with her hands in prayer ...

Donnie: Bowery Ballroom, New York

Live Review by Kandia Crazy Horse, PopMatters, July 2003

The Love Manifesto ...

Robin Thicke : Robin Thicke: A Beautiful World

Review by Devon Powers, PopMatters, August 2003

Impressions of sound: the thinness of Thicke. ...

Arthur Lee, Love: Love with Arthur Lee: House of Blues, Los Angeles

Live Review by Kandia Crazy Horse, PopMatters, August 2003

SOMETHING STARDUST and sunshine had characterized those days of flowers and civil unrest in the western canyons of America's other neverland of dreams, Los Angeles. ...

British Sea Power: Northsix, New York

Live Review by Devon Powers, PopMatters, August 2003

NORTHSIX IS JUST a cinderblock box with cold metal pillars that reach from floor to ceiling, obstructing the view in what would otherwise be ideal ...

Pulp: Hits

Review by Devon Powers, PopMatters, September 2003

PULP HAVE a greatest hits record, and it’s about goddamned time. The enigmatic group, fronted by the inimitable Jarvis Cocker, are by far the oldest ...

The Decemberists: Her Majesty the Decemberists

Review by Devon Powers, PopMatters, September 2003

AN IMPORTANT DETAIL about Her Majesty the Decemberists—and one I'm venturing you won't read about in many other reviews of the album—is that there's a ...

The Shins: Bowery Ballroom, New York

Live Review by Devon Powers, PopMatters, September 2003

THE SHINS are fantastic. When I say fantastic, I'm not speaking of their musical ability or creative chops — fantastic here is not a synonym ...

The Fiery Furnaces: Gallowbird's Bark

Review by Devon Powers, PopMatters, October 2003

IT'S A HIGH-FALUTIN' seaside carnival from another time, where maidens don pinstripe stockings and pantaloons, click buckled shoes as they jitterbug with spry sailor gentleman ...

The Killers/Menlo Park/The Prosaics: Don Hill's, New York City

Live Review by Devon Powers, PopMatters, October 2003

IT'S 10:15PM, the venue is already behind schedule with the showcase, and nobody cares. Instead, more and more bodies cram their way into downtown venue ...

Peter Gabriel: Peter Gabriel [2]

Review by Steven Ward, PopMatters, December 2003

FIRST, THERE'S THE voice. It's a scratchy tenor. Peter Gabriel was only 28 when he recorded his second solo album in 1978. I'm sure his ...

The Red Hot Chili Peppers: Red Hot Chili Peppers: Blood Sugar Sex Magik

Retrospective by Devon Powers, PopMatters, December 2003

TRUTH BE TOLD, Blood Sugar Sex Magik is not my all-time favorite album, no matter how you slice it. It's not my desert island album—that's ...

Metric

Profile by Devon Powers, PopMatters, December 2003

THE ONLY thing that tops hearing 'Succexy' — the shit-kicking superpop social commentary that is an instant calling card for Metric's debut Old World Underground, ...

Starsailor: Silence Is Easy

Review by Devon Powers, PopMatters, January 2004

THIS TIME around, Starsailor have created an album that's the musical equivalent of wearing a "Kick Me" sign through a crowded high school hallway. ...

Sufjan Stevens

Comment by Devon Powers, PopMatters, February 2004

POSTMODERNISM HAS jacked it all up. In its wake, the cultural zeitgeist of irony has become so prevalent and requisite that plain old earnestness ceases ...

The Beatles, Danger Mouse: More Than Words: Musings on Music Journalism — Life Goes On

Comment by Devon Powers, PopMatters, March 2004

FEBRUARY 24 WAS a banner day for the Copy Left, a loose network of computer activists, intellectuals, forward-thinking musicians and zealous fans who continue to ...

Liars: They Were Wrong, So We Drowned

Review by Devon Powers, PopMatters, March 2004

THE MYTH of the Ugly Duckling is prevalent in our culture; equally important, though with less prominence, is that of the Deteriorating Swan. Let me ...

Snow Patrol: Final Straw

Review by Devon Powers, PopMatters, April 2004

ONE OF THE REASONS we listen to music is because it provides a vehicle for expressing feelings that would otherwise go unexpressed. Rage, passion, fear, ...

Is Music Journalism Dead?

Comment by Devon Powers, PopMatters, June 2004

IF EVER there was a time when writing about music felt utterly pointless, that time is now. ...

The Streets: Irving Plaza, New York City

Live Review by Devon Powers, PopMatters, June 2004

LISTENING TO The Streets, one gets a clear indication that Mike Skinner is a punk. He's the kind of guy who'd borrow your car and ...

Clinic: Winchester Cathedral

Review by Devon Powers, PopMatters, August 2004

CALL IT WHAT you will—consistency versus predictability, innovation versus identity abandonment: whatever the name, this is the most serious quandary that bands face as they ...

Lewis Taylor: Soul Enigma: Lewis Taylor Comes to America

Report and Interview by Mark Anthony Neal, PopMatters, February 2006

FOR MUCH OF THE LAST DECADE, arguably the most brilliant R&B artist of this generation has toiled in relative obscurity in Britain. ...

James Brown: The Last Soul Brother: James Brown (1933-2006)

Retrospective by Mark Anthony Neal, PopMatters, January 2007

JAMES BROWN was of a generation of black men—mythological in many ways—who helped define the contours of freedom and possibility for black folk in the ...

Elbow: Bowery Ballroom, NYC

Live Review by Devon Powers, PopMatters, March 2009

TODAY IS lead singer Guy Garvey's birthday, and he's in a gaming mood. "How old do you think I am?" he asks the crowd, early ...

The Demise of Vibe and the Future of Criticism

Comment by Mark Anthony Neal, PopMatters, July 2009

THERE'S NO SMALL irony to the fact that the announcement of the folding of Vibe magazine occurred the day after the death of Michael Jackson. ...

Teddy Pendergrass: Life Was a Song Worth Singing

Retrospective by Mark Anthony Neal, PopMatters, January 2010

HEARING THE SOOTHING voice of the late Teddy Pendergrass singing lead on the Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes classic, 'If You Don't Know Me ...

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