Wednesday, August 22, 2001 Volume 66, Issue 1


Favorites return with fall albums

By Jason C. Consolacion
Contributing Writer

The summer of 2001 wasn't the greatest season for music. After suffering through a rough 2000, the music industry took caution in both promoting and distributing its products in
the 21st century.

Unfortunately, listeners were left to deal with a handful of subpar releases and limited opportunities to see live music, while being forced to succumb to an overkill of artists that
seem to be making commercials for everyone from Burger King to Target.

This summer did see the return of alternative band Weezer to both the stage and record shelves.

After taking a lengthy hiatus while lead singer Rivers Cuomo attended classes at Harvard, Weezer came back as the summer began with a brand-new self-titled album (known
as the "green album") and a brand-new world tour. The album's first single, "Hash Pipe," became an instant hit; the second single, "Island in the Sun," is slowly climbing the

Pop-punk hybrid Blink-182 released its sixth album, Take Off Your Pants & Jacket, early last summer as well.

Riding the wave of popularity that was so kindly given to them by MTV and Total Request Live, Blink continues to gain fans with various videos and movie soundtrack
appearances, as well as their own tour.

As of recently, Blink has been touring with Canadian imports Sum 41, whose second album, All Killer No Filler, was fueled by their hit single "Fat Lip." I mention Sum 41
because and remember, you heard it here first they will become the next Green Day. Their songs are more melodic than the other punk acts, and All Killer No Filler is
about three songs away from being as classic as Green Day's Dookie and Weezer's "blue album."

Hip-hop mogul P. Diddy (formerly known as Puff Daddy) released his third solo album, The Saga Continues, this summer.

After a tough (and very public) breakup with singer/actress Jennifer Lopez, the man legally known as Sean Combs has produced an album that is reminiscent of his first Bad
Boy release, No Way Out. The CD features all the up-and-comers of the Bad Boy universe, as well as classic Bad Boy artists.

Sugar Ray, Jessica Simpson, Eminem's new group D12, Alicia Keys (without a doubt, this summer's biggest surprise) and Destiny's Child also released big albums this year, but
none could compare to the highly anticipated release of 'NSync's third album, Celebrity.

Celebrity features such notable contributors as Brian McKnight, The Neptunes and Stevie Wonder. 'NSync has definitely set itself apart as the premiere boy group (I refuse to
call them boy "bands" because they don't play instruments) in music today.

It should be noted that the group co-wrote many tracks on the album.

After being dominated by punk and pop, record shelves will get a touch of old-school next week when the following albums are released Tuesday:

First up is r&b crooner Brian McKnight and his sixth studio album, Superhero. Also on the r&b tip, Mary J. Blige's No More Drama on the MCA label is scheduled for release on

Between classes at Harvard University, lead singer Rivers Cuomo and his band, Weezer, found time to release their second self-titled album.

Wu-Tang alumnus RZA will release Digital Bullet on Tuesday as well. Alice in Chains will release a greatest hits CD and Bjork's latest, Vespertine, will also be available next
week. Slipknot and the return of the Butthole Surfers round up the rock releases.

Country favorite Toby Keith will release Pull My Chain on Tuesday.

For jazz enthusiasts, a handful of re-issues will be available next week. A live John Coltrane box set (In Europe) will be released, along with re-issues from such legends as
Charlie Parker, Billie Holiday and Duke Ellington.

Jazz bassists Ray Brown, John Clayton Jr. and Christian McBride collaborate on a bass-powered CD called SuperBass2. Blues great Muddy Waters will release Anthology
1947-72 next week.

As for the remainder of 2001, look for releases from such artists as Mariah Carey, Diana Krall, Bob Dylan, Tori Amos, Maxwell, Christina Aguilera, Babyface and Elvis Costello.

Also, there will be greatest hits collections, box sets and anthologies from such classic artists as Miles Davis, Elvis Presley, Neil Diamond, America, Aaron Neville, Simon and
Garfunkel, Jerry Lee Lewis and the Barenaked Ladies.

On the concert scene, Houston welcomed such acts as the Dave Matthews Band, Destiny's Child, Blink 182, Eric Clapton and Tim McGraw this summer.

Tonight, a postponed tour featuring Journey, Peter Frampton and John Waite will be making up its missed date at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. The original concert was
postponed due to Tropical Storm Allison.

On Friday, classic singer-songwriter James Taylor will be in The Woodlands, and at Cezanne's, there will be a Duke Ellington tribute. Rollins Band will be at Numbers on
Saturday while the Mucky Duck will feature country artist Kelly Willis.

On Wednesday, the Backstreet Boys (who are about five minutes away from a Behind the Music episode thanks to group member A.J.'s problems with depression and alcohol)
will invade Houston's Compaq Center.

From pop to rock, Boston's gift to rock 'n' roll, Aerosmith, will be in The Woodlands on Aug. 30. The multi-music festival Watcha Tour 2001 will grace the Aerial Theater stage on
Aug. 30 as well.

Lyle Lovett will make his return to Houston on Sept. 1, also at the Pavilion. If we're lucky, he'll bring Julia Roberts with him.

Singer-songwriter David Garza will be at the Continental Club on Sept. 2 while classic rockers Crosby, Stills and Nash make their triumphant return to Houston at the Pavilion
on Sept. 5.

The Woodlands will have some ear candy on back-to-back nights; country favorite Clay Walker will be there Sept. 7 and rockers matchbox twenty will follow on Sept. 8. Indie
rockers Pushmonkey will be at the Engine Room on Sept. 15.

On Sept. 18, every guy at a party will want to be at Compaq Center as Janet Jackson brings her All for You tour to Houston.

Rapper Sir Mix-A-Lot yes, the guy who likes big butts and cannot lie will make a rare appearance at Fitzgerald's on Sept. 22, while metal greats Judas Priest will be at the
Aerial Theater on Sept. 23. Ani DiFranco is scheduled to make her Houston appearance Oct. 6 at the Aerial Theater.

Also, Latin music great Julio Iglesias will appear at the Aerial on Oct. 11. Blues great Ray Charles will be on hand at Jones Hall on Oct. 11 and rockers Travis will be at the
Aerial on Oct. 16.

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