The Wake - BLACKlist Review by Bill Knispel The Wake is a Columbus Ohio based gothic rock band, most heavily active in the early to mid-1990’s. Their extensive output on Cleopatra Records exposed them to a wide audience around the world, while live they opened for a number of popular bands, including And Also The Trees, Skinny Puppy, Red Lorry Yellow Lorry, Shadow Project and Nine Inch Nails.
Waking State - Hang On Review by Gary Hill Make no mistake, this album is modern alternative rock gone pop. If you take that sentence at face value, though, you miss out on quite a bit. More
Joanna Wang - Start From Here Review by Bruce Stringer The modern Chinese musical renaissance, which began with the likes of Wu Bai and Faye Wong in the mid-1990s, has spread its influence to the further corners of the globe with incredible results.
War Tapes - The Continental Divide Review by Gary Hill Fans of ‘80’s music will certainly like this disc. It feels like it could have come from that era – although there are some more modern sounds, too. More
Warp 11 - Boldly Go Down On Me Review by Rick Damigella Star Trek as a franchise celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2006. Hardcore Star Trek fans, commonly known as Trekkies, have likely seen the two documentaries on their fandom which share their name. The second of these, Trekkies 2, featured a look at the Northern California Star Trek tribute band scene. More
Ricky Warwick - Love Many Trust Few Review by Gary Hill Listening to this disc I never would have pictured Ricky Warwick to be from Ireland. Truly his Mellencamp like roots rock approach conjures up images of the Southern United States far more than of the Green Isle. More
Ween - The Friends EP Review by Gary Hill I had heard of Ween before, but never actually heard them. I have to say, I didn’t know what to expect from them, but even if I had, this would have surprised me. T
Westworld - Westworld Review by Brian Angotti Westworld started out as a side project, but has quickly become a highly acclaimed musical act. Westworld's debut album, simply titled Westworld, is a great new rock-n-roll album for the new millennium.
Wet Animal - Wet Animal Review by Lisa Palmeno Wet Animal's debut album is original, traditional metal with modern flavors. The founder of Chicago's Trouble Rick Wartell recently formed the group with singer/guitarist Shane Pasqualla, bassist Michael "Vito" Diprima, and drummer Jeff "Oly" Olson. More
White Witch - White Witch Review by Gary Hill The debut album from this southern band, this one showed very strong prog leanings, and really, with a few exceptions, holds up well even after this much time. More
White Witch - A Spiritual Greeting Review by Gary Hill Released in the early `70`s this album has recently been reissued on CD. Long a cult classic band, White Witch combined hard rock with prog elements and a sense of mystery. More
Lucinda Williams - West Review by Gary Hill You ever have a situation where you find out about some new treasure only to realize that it's only new to you, but well known and prized by others for a long time? Well, such is my discovery of Lucinda Williams.
Vanessa Williams - Silver and Gold Review by Gary Hill With Silver and Gold Vanessa Williams has put in a strong, if not entirely consistent holiday release. The disc has quite a few strong points, and very few songs that are weak. More
Brian Wilson - Smile Review by Steve Alspach Some albums have been labeled ahead of their time, but this one takes the cake. The quantum leap that Brian Wilson tried to take between the "Fun, Fun, Fun" Beach Boys of two years prior to this sprawling paean to American music left him severely fried and made for great fodder for rumors and speculation. More
Witches in Bikinis - Witches in Bikinis Review by Gary Hill Monsters, ghosts and goblins have a connection with rock music that goes way back. Well, we’ve come a long way from “I Put a Spell on You,” “Haunted House” and “The Monster Mash.” More
Wooster Sang - Wooster Sang Review by Gary Hill In a mode that is both modern and nostalgic this is a very good rock album. At times various influences show through, most notably Lenny Kravitz and The Black Crowes, but in many ways, Wooster Sang has their own particular flavor.