MUSIC: "Summer 1997 seems like a good moment for Blues Traveler," says TIME's Christopher John Farley. "Grunge is gone, alternative is stale, and so the band’s harmonica-happy pop-blues may be just what audiences want. Alas, 'Straight On Till Morning,' the band's follow-up to the 6-million-selling 'Four,' is an aggressively mediocre album. The problem with 'Four' was that its two great songs were islands in a sea of banality, and the new record suffers from the same inconsistency, resulting in an album long on harmonica solos and short on melodies."
VIDEO: " 'Hollywood Rhythm,' Kino on Video’s four-cassette release of 31 musical shorts from 1929 to 1941, is something to sing about," writes TIME's Richard Corliss. "They reveal terrific artists -- Duke Ellington, Cab Calloway, Bessie Smith, Bing Crosby, Ethel Merman, Ginger Rogers -- in their early prime, making the music that made them famous. The films have the audacity of the talkies’ youth: the films are filled with racial caricatures, and you’ll hear “hell” and “damn” in the 1929 Makers of Melody. But the tunes sound fresh, the interpretations supple. They embody the spirit of the Hollywood musical at its primitive best: Have fun; give joy."