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The Roots are by far the most diverse and innovative group to join the ranks of hip-hop's greats since A Tribe Called Quest. The Philadelphia-based rock/rap crew, led by drummer Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson and Tariq "Black Thought" Trotter, pride themselves on being the self-titled "greatest" act in music today. And it is hard for critics to argue after listening to their latest album, "The Tipping Point."
Sacred Steel, the art of playing pedal steel guitar, has been around for decades. It was confined to mainly religious settings for many years -- until now. Robert Randolph has brought the instrument to the forefront of music and jam band culture specifically. His band, Robert Randolph and The Family Band, is one of the best live acts in music today, and fortunately for us, they aren't too big -- yet.
There is something to be said for an album that has a sense of continuity to it. I'm not saying that every album should be some drawn-out concept album, but there should some resemblance between the songs on a recording. Former Phish mastermind Trey Anastasio's self-titled debut solo album has no continuity whatsoever -- it is a veritable grab bag of music.
All too often, directors of Vietnam and war-genre movies only focus on the military aspect of the conflict. Mel Gibson's new film "We Were Soldiers" is only the latest in a series of high-budget war movies. But not many filmmakers stop to think about the domestic side of the Vietnam War.
Musicians have been trying for years to reach the pinnacle of artistic expression: a style of music that cannot be confined to one musical genre. Linkin Park, with their smash rock/metal/rap debut, "Hybrid Theory," have been the closest to attaining this goal in recent history. Soulive, a jazz trio who added a saxophonist on their latest release, "Next," have come one step closer to attaining universal musical classification.
Theology, Fibonacci and metaphysics. These are not the topics you would expect to be discussed by members of a band. But, these were just the things that the members of Fleck Fleck and the Flecktones jived about with students last night.
"If you get high on life, don't leave me behind," sings Starsailor front man James Walsh on "Lullaby," a track from the band's debut album, "Love is Here." Unfortunately, James, that is exactly what I would like to do with you and the other three members of your sub-par indie rock quartet: leave you behind, and forget about you.
Bridging the gap between two musical genres is a very difficult task. Covering several different genres is something close to amazing.
Surely the Chemical Brothers must have felt slighted until, after spinning discs in some of England's hottest clubs for seven years, they were hailed by critics and recognized by a mainstream audience with 1997's "Dig Your Own Hole." But the sensational British duo, Tom Rolands and Ed Simons, have put all that behind them and playfully ask fans on their fourth studio release to, "Come With Us."
In an era of cheesy flicks packed with actors who are so young they have pimples older than their careers, it is hard to find a film worth watching. It is even more difficult to find a movie that isn't filled with glitzy special effects and unjustifiable dramatics. "Black Hawk Down," the newest war movie from the powerhouse tag team of director Ridley Scott and producer Jerry Bruckheimer, is certainly a diamond in the rough.
What a Super Bowl! Turning around a season of turmoil and controversy, Tom Brady powered the Pats to their first Super Bowl win in team history, and the New England defense shut down the Rams' fabled offense, which has been called "Greatest Show on Turf."
It is a special treat to have an internationally renowned musician come to Dartmouth. To have two on the same stage is nothing short of amazing.
Since it burst onto the music scene in 1989 with its debut effort, "Pretty Hate Machine," Nine Inch Nails has long been characterized as a front for the solo aspirations of lead singer Trent Reznor.
Busta Rhymes will invade Hanover this Sunday, returning to Dartmouth for the first time since his spring 1999 performance in Leede Arena. It will be the second stop of a 30-date tour in support of his new album, "Genesis."
Despite a banged-up crew (Ol' Dirty Bastard is in jail and did not contribute to the album) the Wu-Tang Clan prove, it is here to stay with its latest release, "Iron Flag,"
In a life of simple pleasures, Sam Dawson's sole sources of enjoyment are dinners at IHOP and listening to Beatles covers with his friends. Dawson, Penn's character in the film "I am Sam," is a mentally challenged father trying to keep custody of his seven-year-old daughter who is now advancing past him.
One word can be used to describe Jimmy Bosch's performance in Spaulding Auditorium on this past Saturday night: magic.
On Nov. 18, 2001, MTV's "Unplugged" series aired yet another gem which ranks among classic performances by Nirvana, Eric Clapton and Bob Dylan.
The North Mississippi Allstars burst onto the music scene with their 2000 debut album, "Shake Hands With Shorty." A collection of blues cover material from such notables like R.L. Burnside and Junior Kimbrough, the album represented the young blues based trio of Luther and Cody Dickinson and Chris Chew very well.
Versatility is a quality rarely found in the solo work of super-group veterans like Sting, Phil Collins and Pete Townshend. Paul McCartney, and his latest solo release, "Driving Rain," is the exception to the rule. On the inspired 16-track album, Paul augments his superb bass playing by giving soulful performances on the piano, acoustic and electric guitars and drums in addition to vocals on all of the songs.