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2001 Stories by Mike Emery

Archives: 2002 | 2001 | 2000
  • Larry

    published November 22, 2001

    For jam bands like Austin's Larry, live albums can be sink-or-swim ventures. If the product is outstanding, then neophytes might be attracted to... More >>

  • Merry Mayhem Tour

    published November 8, 2001

    Let's take a trip back to 1984: Reagan-era conservatism is in full swing; Duran Duran and Culture Club rule MTV; but a large subculture of... More >>

  • School Daze

    published October 18, 2001

    Weekday performances can be bittersweet for any band whose members have yet to rid themselves of their dreaded, proverbial day jobs. Pot Roast,... More >>

  • Twenty Four Count

    published August 30, 2001

    It's hard to knock a band for trying, which Twenty Four Count certainly does here. From sensitive balladry to nice-guy rockers, this quintet makes... More >>

  • Nouveau Zydeco

    published August 9, 2001

    It's Saturday evening, and Our Lady Star of the Sea parish hall is filled with families enjoying cold beverages and homemade gumbo. The event is... More >>

  • Mount Coy

    published July 26, 2001

    To belabor beyond all recognition that old saw about what you should wear to your wedding, this year Houston went in for something old, something... More >>

  • Aim to Please

    published July 19, 2001

    For Luther and the Healers, every show can be radically different from the last. This isn't because of inconsistencies with sound or the band's... More >>

  • Sly Letter

    published July 19, 2001

    From the get-go, there's something just not right with this record. The lead-in guitar jangle on "Better That Way" seems derived from 10,000... More >>

  • Playbill

    published July 5, 2001

    With few new acts on the reggae scene, fans have to rely on longtime faves, standbys such as Burning Spear, the Itals and Culture. Steel Pulse... More >>

  • Old-School Rules

    published May 31, 2001

    It's Sunday night at Mr. A's. The Fifth Ward nightclub is pretty empty, but zydeco man Wilfred Chevis is unconcerned about the sparse attendance.... More >>

  • Playbill

    published May 3, 2001

    The jam-band concept has just about run its course. With Phish on hiatus and the mediocre Widespread Panic picking up the slack in arenas, few... More >>

  • Monty Alexander

    published April 26, 2001

    Pianist Monty Alexander is very much in tune with his Jamaican roots. Prior to this live exercise, his last two Telarc efforts found him paying... More >>

  • Playbill

    published April 26, 2001

    What hath ska wrought? Its most recent resurgence has seen far more troughs than crests. Ska's integration with heavy metal has spawned some... More >>

  • Playbill

    published March 15, 2001

    Lee Perry, the man known as "Scratch," has always had a gift for manipulating rhythms and vocal harmonies and otherwise generating hypnotic... More >>

  • Playbill

    published March 1, 2001

    The cover photo on their new album, The Donnas Turn 21, displays all four of the (apparently) drink-legal women in a club booth, wearing... More >>

  • Kenny Garrett

    published February 22, 2001

    Watching Ken Burns's Jazz series could lead people to believe that the genre ground to a creative halt about 40 years ago. Never mind that... More >>

  • Rock of Ages

    published February 1, 2001

    Mention the words "Christian pop," and most people become as wary as a vampire around a crucifix. Some might immediately picture tan, pompadoured... More >>

  • Playbill

    published February 1, 2001

    Does the world really need another Grateful Dead cover act? Every city seems to have its own half-assed band whose sole purpose is celebrating the... More >>

  • Mondoz

    published January 25, 2001

    There's something to be said for accessibility; it certainly can pay off in terms of exposure and radio airplay. Such is the case with Mondoz, a... More >>

  • Playbill

    published January 4, 2001

    Surf rock has always been one of the most unique genres, despite the tendency of acts to repeat the same old Stratocaster solos ad nauseam. Funny... More >>

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