Kurt B. Reighley

Isaak (third from right) and his sitcom "band."

‘The Chris Isaak Show’

"I like to think of myself as a regular guy," says Chris Isaak in the promotional materials for Showtime's The Chris Isaak Show, "but rock… Continue reading

 

“If You Leave”

Like most teenagers, my loyalty to recording artists was fleeting. One week I championed Haysi Fantayzee, the next it'd been pushed aside for Martha and… Continue reading

 

“Tainted Love” lasts forever

It's no secret that pop music is highly disposable. Looking back at the '80s, many hits held up worse than used Kleenex. Nobody pesters the… Continue reading

 

"The N Word"

“The N Word”

I was 8 years old when I first head the word "nigger." On that day, Jimmy, an elementary school classmate of Irish descent, spat the… Continue reading

"The N Word"
2000: The year in review

2000: The year in review

JANUARY—Victoria "Posh Spice" Adams intimates on British television that her husband, Manchester United soccer star and all-around stud-puppet David Beckham, has a habit of slipping… Continue reading

2000: The year in review
Kings of Convenience

A kind of hush

Before we go too far, let's get one matter straight: When it comes to volume, I'm not a wuss. To quote Kiss, "I love it… Continue reading

Kings of Convenience
Money, honey: The King gets another hit, but with some unneeded help.

A Little Less Reanimation

Death—what a concept. Serious contemplation about the Grand Finale can do in any sap's head. It raises so many difficult questions, like "Will my loved… Continue reading

Money, honey: The King gets another hit, but with some unneeded help.

A picture’s worth a 1,000 miles

Sometimes I really hate indie rockers. I want to snatch those ugly Clark Kent glasses off their pasty faces and grind them beneath my boots.… Continue reading

A pirate’s life for me

Remember when you took those aptitude tests in high school, and some B-list guidance counselor divined that, based on your ability to fill in ovals… Continue reading

A place for us

A place for us

The noises filling the backyard of my parents' house, cradled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, are unfamiliar. The first to greet me this morning was… Continue reading

A place for us

A tale of two cities

Portishead, Tricky, and Massive Attack all hail from the southern English city of Bristol. So the "Bristol sound" consists of murky hip-hop beats, sampled film… Continue reading

A tale: Cage uncaged

"Soon the child's clear eye is clouded over by ideas and opinions, preconceptions and abstractions. Simple free being becomes encrusted with the burdensome armor of… Continue reading

United they stand: Marie Daulne and Zap Mama.

A to Z

Marie Daulne fuses her love of hip-hop and R&B to her African roots in the pan-global Zap Mama.

United they stand: Marie Daulne and Zap Mama.
Swingin' Santa: Setzer.

A Very Setzer Christmas

YOU'D PROBABLY never guess it from the casual, chatty tone of my prose, but I am a monumental fussbudget. Almost every aspect of my existence,… Continue reading

Swingin' Santa: Setzer.
He wears the pants: Tim Scanlin (right).

Actionslacks

In show business, who you know is just as important as talent and dedication. It's hard enough to be objective about music, simply because I'm… Continue reading

He wears the pants: Tim Scanlin (right).
Adam Goldstone finds dance music threatening.

Adam Goldstone’s Politics of Dancing

Pop music is political, often in ways listeners never consider. That fact was hammered home last week when a list—allegedly issued by the world's largest… Continue reading

Adam Goldstone finds dance music threatening.
Goldenboy: not wanting in the friends and family department.

All That Glitters

SHON SULLIVAN FRONTS a band called Goldenboy. He makes his home in a magical-sounding spot named Diamond Bar. But, evidence to the contrary, Sullivan isn't… Continue reading

Goldenboy: not wanting in the friends and family department.
Alone again, unnaturally

Alone again, unnaturally

Recently, CNN has aired several segments examining a disturbing global health concern. Viruses that were once treatable with antibiotics have evolved, spawning new strains that… Continue reading

Alone again, unnaturally

Alone in a crowd

There are eight million stories in the naked city, and they're all shouting to drown each other out. But I remain blissfully ignorant. As I… Continue reading

Ammunition

I've been spending a lot of time with teenagers lately. No, I didn't drill a hole into the boys' locker room at the high school.… Continue reading