Ira Robbins
February 19, 1993 AT 05:00 AM EST

Manhattan On the Rocks

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Various Artists
Producers
Pow Wow
genre
Rock

We gave it an B

New York’s underground rock lab breeds bands charged with the city’s abrasive energy. Although Manhattan on the Rocks is short on originality — save for the wonderful, muttering-in-the-corner weirdness of Ism and Big Stick — this stirring sampler probes Nirvana grunge (Stigmata A Go Go), industrial dance (Emergency Broadcast Network), and punk (False Prophets) with skill and enthusiasm. B

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