Plexi – Cheer Up – Review

October 1, 1997

It’s sonic sensationalism writ large, full-blown fakery as lush, powerful, melodramatic and meaningless as their platform-shod stomping grounds of Los Angeles.

Sugar Ray – Floored – Review

September 1, 1997

If you were wondering who was gonna ride in the wake of hard rock/funk/hip hop heroes the Beastie Boys, check out a fab new band called Sugar Ray.

Escape From L.A. – Review

October 1, 1996

Seven songs from John Carpenter’s sequel to the futuristic adventure flick Escape From New York and seven more songs that to increase the sales of the CD.

Orange 9mm – Tragic – Review

October 1, 1996

From the grinding groove opener “Fire in the Hole,” it’s obvious that this band hasn’t lost any of their potent hardcore crossover sound.

Melvins – Stag – Review

October 1, 1996

Stag documents the moment Melvins decided their Atlantic deal was not worth the trouble. It’s funny, annoying, and, once in a while, downright brilliant.

Scorpions – Pure Instinct – Review

September 1, 1996

Years ago, the Scorpions patented formulas for melodic hard rock songs, both pounding hard and silky smooth, and Pure Instinct continues in that tradition

MTV Buzz Bin – Review

August 1, 1996

What MTV Buzz Bin is is a concise overview of post-Nirvana mainstream culture, stuff many of us have come to “love to hate” or hate ourselves for loving.

I Shot Andy Warhol – Review

August 1, 1996

Two decent covers: “Love is All Around” by R.E.M., and Season of the Witch” by Luna. The throwaways are done by Wilco, Ben Lee, Jewel, and Bettie Serveert.

White Man’s Burden – Review

February 1, 1996

Steal every copy of this dung-disc that you can find and ritually burn them until no more exist. There’s no reason we have to put up with this shit.

Poe – Hello – Review

December 1, 1995

Hello is well-manicured, accessible femme eclectica that tries on styles like Salvation Army fatigues, overlaid with unlocked-diary imagery alternately potent.

CIV – Set Your Goals – Review

September 1, 1995

From the seasoned scenester’s pep talk for the aspiring young mosher, to the obligatory dis on the trouble-starters who spoil the fun, it’s all here.

Smile – Maquee – Review

September 1, 1995

They carve themselves a comfortable niche between Nirvana and the crunchy, pleasant unmemorability of Seaweed.

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