No Doubt

No Doubt came from the same Orange County, California scene that spawned the Offspring, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Sugar Ray. But singer John Spence had ska on the brain from hearing bands like Madness and the (English) Beat on the radio. He recruited Eric Stefani on keyboards and his little sister Gwen on vocals.…

Thrills

Albums with good stories — Smile, What’s Going On and Rumours — are very often special. The debut from Dublin’s Thrills has a story, and it’s a good one. Fans of such West Coast icons as Love, the Buffalo Springfield and Randy Newman, the band relocated to San Diego in 1999 because “that’s where the…