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Best Of The Worst Just Because An Album Is Considered A Classic, That Doesn’t Necessarily Mean Its Any Good

What are the greatest albums of the rock era? Rolling Stone attempted to answer that question recently, with the Rolling Stone 200 - “a definitive list of the essential CDs …


‘Hourglass’ Singer James Taylor’s New Album - His First In Five Years - Offers A Variety Of Styles

Singer-songwriter James Taylor says his new album, “Hourglass,” is “like a sampler of all those different styles that I’m interested in.” Photo by Associated Press


Hendrix Album To Be Released

MCA Records has entered into a long-term agreement with the estate of Jimi Hendrix and will release the legendary “First Rays of the New Rising Sun” album, the last disc …


R.E.M. Lands $80 Million Deal

What’s the frequency, Kenneth? How’s $80 million sound? That’s the much-speculated-about bottom line on R.E.M.’s new long-playing contract with Warner Bros. Records, announced over the weekend.


Fugees Making A Euro-Killing

The Fugees’ remake of “Killing Me Softly With His Song” debuted at No. 1 on the German charts - the first time a single has done that in more than …


Morissette’s ‘Pill’ Blows By Blowfish

Hootie and the Blowfish have officially lost their status as the biggest new act of the ‘90s. According to Soundscan, Blowfish’s album “Cracked Rear View” has sold 9.03 million copies …


Pearl Jam’s Bassist Ament Gets Mystical

Pearl Jam has sold millions of records - and will release another in September - but meanwhile, bassist Jeff Ament is off with an intriguing, meditative side band called Three …


Fiddling Keeps Senior Stepping Lively Grandma Fulfills Dream Of Waltzes, Polkas, Hoedowns

Fun wins hands down. Waneita Rees, 80, and guitarist friend Betty Rawson celebrate their passion for music by entering fiddle contests around the region and playing in local nursing homes. …


Ya Just Hafta Love Metallica For Lollapalooza

Metallica may present an alternative audience with a bona fide alternative.


‘Voodoo’ Makes Cd Magic

Voodoo doo-doo. Some critics, professional and otherwise, expressed that pungent opinion about the Rolling Stones’ most recent compact disc, “Voodoo Lounge.” Not their most potent collection of compositions.


Jayhawks Band Dissolves

After years as critical darlings and commercial also-rans, the Jayhawks are no more. Mark Olson, co-founder and singer/guitarist of the band, has left to pursue other songwriting options. The Jayhawks’ …


November Releases Heavy With Familiar Names

Bonnie Raitt’s “Road Tested” album, due out this week,is her first-ever concert recording. Photo by Ken Settle


Schuller Threatens To Leave Sandpoint Dissonance Behind ‘Stop Your Bickering,’ Says Maestro, ‘Or I’M Outta Here’

Gunther Schuller


Too Much, Yet Too Little

“Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness” Smashing Pumpkins (Virgin) Ambition has largely gotten a bum rap in rock ‘n’ roll. In other art forms, it’s considered a sign of maturity …


Heart Getting Back To Quieter Sounds

The Seattle band Heart had been written off as a prime example of 1980s excess, marked by synthesized banks of sound and arrangements that got bigger by the second. But …


Battle Of Britain An Intense Rivalry Between Nirvana-Styled British Bands Oasis And Blur Is Spilling Over Onto U.S. Soil

Oasis, above, is locked in a feud with Blur for the hearts and minds of Englishmen, and now, Americans.


Gathering In Harmony Men Find A Common Voice In Singing Competition

The music men. Jerry Potter, Bruce Vondergeest and Lorne Downton of the Mount Baker Toppers get in their last-minute practice before performing at the Evergreen District barbarshop quartet and chorus …


Road Style The Stones’ New Album, ‘Stripped,’ Was Recorded While They Were On Tour And ‘Red Hot’

Mick Jagger and Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones. Photo by Associated Press


New Fall Albums Hitting The Charts

All eyes will be on the top albums chart in the next few weeks as the first wave of big new fall releases starts hitting the list. And though the …


Chuck Pyle Appearing At Brewery

Southwestern-acoustic guitarist Chuck Pyle will perform Thursday at 8 p.m. at Hales Ale Brewery, 5634 E. Commerce. Pyle, a singer/songwriter, will play his original works, some of which have been …


Kravitz Borrows Heavily From Everywhere

Surprise! Another slavishly derivative record from Lenny Kravitz! At least this time, rock’s most flagrant recycler decided to rip off some fresh targets. Instead of bowing to the usual totems …


‘Puff’ Keeps It Clean

In an age when most young female R&B; artists sport baggy clothing and spout sexually explicit lyrics, Puff Johnson hopes that her decidedly different approach will make her debut album …


Comstock Concert: A Grand Exercise In Civilization

Thousands jammed Comstock Park on Sunday evening for the symphony’s annual Labor Day concert. Photo by Liz Kishimoto/The Spokesman-Review


Label Limbo A&M; Will Pull Out All The Stops For Janet Jackson’s New Album, ‘Design Of A Decade 1986-1996’

Janet Jackson will release “Design Of A Decade 1986-1996” next month. File/Associated Press


Female Rockers Have Fun With ‘Spirit Of ‘73’

Various Artists “Spirit of 73” - 550 Music/Epic Any compilation that features the top female alternative rockers of the day - Babes In Toyland, Letters To Cleo, L7 & Joan …


Musical Feast Included In Free Admission

Spokane’s annual PigOut in the Park is more than a chance to gorge on the offerings of some 40 local restaurants. It’s also a free five-day musical feast, its menu …


Boyz Ii Men Will Perform In New Arena

Boyz II Men will be the first big pop concert at the new Spokane Arena. This Philadelphia pop and R&B; quartet will perform Sept. 25, 8 p.m., with singer Montell …


‘Dead’ To Release Double-Cd Set

The Grateful Dead has a new album scheduled to come out Oct. 3, though an Arista Records spokesman was not sure what effect band leader Jerry Garcia’s death Wednesday would …


Whitehorse Blues A Must-See

Organizers of the annual Whitehorse Blues Fest in Spirit Lake continue to outdo themselves. Now in its seventh year, the three-day summer blues festival kicks-off tonight and continues through Sunday. …


Naughty And Nice Naughty By Nature Is Making Good On A Pledge To Help The New Jersey City Where The Group Originated

Naughty By Nature is getting active in East Orange, N.J., civic affairs.