Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

After Australia’s chaos-wreaking Birthday Party immolated in the early ’80s, singer Nick Cave set out to develop his bleak, twisted ideas about American country music, spiritual music and Delta blues. Backed by the Bad Seeds — featuring bassist Barry Adamson (ex-Magazine), guitarist Blixa Bargeld (moonlighting from Einstürzende Neubauten) and drummer Mick Harvey (the Birthday Party’s…

Stone Temple Pilots

Stone Temple Pilots arose from obscurity in San Diego, where the group was formed as Mighty Joe Young, to worldwide attention so quickly and with a sound so close to what was happening on radio via Seattle that the backlash set in before the quartet’s debut album, Core, finished reeling off its succession of hits.…

Geto Boys

Anyone who comes to Geto Boys records for anything other than entertainment is barking up the wrong gallows pole. The Houston rap group presents a vision so brilliantly overdone that many will never fully accept that it is just as valid as the righteous rage proffered by such would-be prophets as Public Enemy or KRS-One.…

Counting Crows

Drawing a bead on the narrow singer/songwriter tunnel between Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan and Van Morrison (with an excessive debt to all three), San Francisco’s Counting Crows are a middle-aged rock critic’s wet dream: a commercially certified young band with poetic intelligence, rustic resonance, credible passion and excellent musicianship. Y’know, the kind of band that…

Melting Hopefuls

Although they could easily veer off into art-rock pretensions, Melting Hopefuls somehow skewer the lines between pretty pop, rambunctious noise, precious poetry and generic post-punk just enough to stay out of trouble. The quintet records in its rehearsal/recording space in suburban New Jersey; as a result, the records have a touch of homespun intensity that…

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