Jim DeRogatis

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  • 18 years ago | Reviews

    Sweet 75 Sweet 75 (DGC) IN THE AGE of alternative, we've gotten used to bands doing everything up BIG: BIG productions, BIG concepts, BIG hits, BIG hype. The only thing that's not enormous is the inspiration. A welcome contrast is the self-titled ...

  • 18 years ago | Essays

    Prodigy The Fat of the Land Maverick/Warner Bros. TECHNO/RAVE MUSIC has always needed a Monkees. Kids and other unsophisticated listeners (and this would seem to include most critics when it comes to electronic dance music) require something sweet...

  • 18 years ago | Reviews

    Portastatic The Nature of Sap Merge SUPERCHUNK FRONTMAN AND Merge label honcho Mac McCaughan tipped his hand about his goal for Portastatic early on with a cover of Brian Eno's "St. Elmo's Fire": His mostly-solo side project is a vehicle to make h...

  • 18 years ago | Essays

    By the time they got to Terrastock, they were about 600 strong. I mention this up top because in no way could the small but obsessive crowd that gathered in Providence, R.I., last month for three days of peace, love, and modern psychedelic rock be...

  • 19 years ago | Reviews

    RepriseYOU CAN ALMOST picture our ol' pal Joseph Mascis as he stands at the door of the recording studio before entering to record this, Dinosaur Jr.'s ninth album since 1985. He grabs the handle with some reluctance, knowing deep down inside that...

  • 19 years ago | Essays

    A FIXTURE ON the Chicago music scene for more than a decade, Rick Rizzo often tends bar at the Rainbow, the hipster hangout at the center of Wicker Park, a.k.a. "Guyville." These days, he's probably more well known in that capacity than any other,...

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