Christopher O'Connor

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  • 12 years ago | Reviews

    Lil' Flip is a new champion of Southern hip-hop. The Houston native's style is as laconic as Too $hort and as unapologetically hook-heavy as MC Hammer. This isn't an innovation -- Memphis's Three 6 Mafia has been perfecting this blueprint for year...

  • 12 years ago | Reviews

    The Beta Band excels at willful awkwardness. A few years back, its weirdo edge made the Scottish quartet hip, thanks to its reckless and High Fidelity-approved album, The Three EPs. Unlike some byproducts of pre-Dubya days, however, the Beta Band ...

  • 12 years ago

    Patterson Hood embraced "the Southern thing" in his early thirties. He had ignored it as a teen in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. "I grew up more being into punk rock. I loved the Clash. I loved the Replacements. I was into songs with strong songwriting,...

  • 13 years ago | Reviews

    Chan Marshall, known to the rock and roll world as Cat Power, is a painfully shy woman with a lot to say. You Are Free, her new album and first since 2001's bleak The Covers Record, is the least self-assured-sounding self-assured record in ages. "...

  • 13 years ago | Reviews

    Once upon a time Pearl Jam seemed to live for a reaction, a trait that catapulted it to the forefront of grunge. The band blazed its brand of arena-rock for the sole purpose of shoving it in listeners' faces. The faithful hung on every power chord...


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