Courtney Love, ‘America’s Sweetheart’ (Virgin)

Courtney Love is no healer -- of herself or anyone else. And that's why, despite the nose job, boob lift, designer gowns, and kissy-poo swanning…
By: Charles Aaron / March 9, 2004

The Von Bondies, ‘Pawn Shoppe Heart’ (Sire)

Pawn Shoppe Heart reminds me of the moment near the beginning of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid when the movie bursts from sepia tone…
By: Andrew Beaujon / March 4, 2004

Probot, ‘Probot’ (Southern Lord)

Why Probot? Well, perhaps Dave Grohl thinks he hasn't been featured on the Metal Sludge website quite enough. And you can certainly look at hi…
By: Joe Gross / March 2, 2004

Lyrics Born, ‘Later That Day’ (Quannum)

Bay Area underground MC/producer Lyrics Born has promised his solo debut for so long that his moniker practically became Laggin' Bastard. But after years of…
By: Oliver Wang / February 23, 2004

David Cross, ‘Let America Laugh’ (Sub Pop)

As the bald half of late-'90s sketch-comedy duo Mr. Show, David Cross perfected a particular strain of prissy, highly articulate rage. In 2002, Cross took…
By: Andy Greenwald / February 23, 2004

The Twilight Singers, ‘Blackberry Belle’ (Birdman)

First line of Blackberry Belle, Greg Dulli's latest dose of pimped-out, bipolar catharsis: "Black out the windows /It's party time." By Dulli's standards, this mea…
By: Chris Ryan / February 6, 2004

Phantom Planet, ‘Phantom Planet’ (Epic/Daylight)

Serving as the opening act for Fox's The O.C. isn't a bad gig -- beats rocking the Peach Pit with Brandon, Dylan, and the gang.
By: Zac Crain / February 4, 2004

The Wildhearts, ‘The Wildhearts Must Be Destroyed!’ (Gut Import)

For better, not worse, the Wildhearts may be the least fashionable band in rock'n'roll: too metal for pop fans, too pop for metalheads, fun but…
By: Doug Brod / January 28, 2004

Pearl Jam, ‘Lost Dogs’ ; Rage Against the Machine, ‘Live at the Grand Olympic Auditorium (Epic)

With the history of recorded music up for digital grabs, it's fire-sale time: Major labels are emptying their vaults so fast that CD-pressing plants must…
By: Will Hermes / January 26, 2004

Dizzee Rascal, ‘Boy In Da Corner’ (XL/Matador)

If the rise of Jamaican syllable swinger Sean Paul and any number of mush-mouthed Dirty South MCs tells you anything, it's that pop lyrics don't…
By: Will Hermes / January 26, 2004
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