Acetone

Once the rhythm section in Los Angeles garage-rockers Spinout, guitarist Mark Lightcap, drummer Steve Hadley and bassist Richie Lee became Acetone in the early ’90s to make nearly rhythmless music more suited for the bedroom than the garage. The debut EP immediately establishes the trio’s sound, a downbeat drone in the style of Luna or…

Madonna

“Alternative” seems a strange description for a pop superstar who has achieved the status and global name recognition of a demi-god. But that particular shoe has continued to fit Madonna, not least because the fashions she’s worn have varied so spectacularly. Since releasing her first single in 1983, the Michigander has dodged the conventional industry…

Dr. Dre

The auteur of one of the 1990s’ most influential hip-hop albums, Dr. Dre (Andre Young) started out in the early ’80s as a house-party/club DJ in South Central Los Angeles. He first attracted national attention as a rapper and producer in N.W.A, the group that introduced West Coast hardcore rap to America’s mass market. Most…

k.d. lang and the Reclines

It’s not uncommon for a performer to gain creative momentum after leaving the starting gate, but few modern singers have developed their art at the exponential rate of Canada’s k.d. lang. Over the course of her first seven albums, Alberta native Kathryn Dawn Lang went from cowgirl country-western rock’n’roll to the lush synthesizer ambience of…

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