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Features

Tuesday, November 25 2008

Revolution None: The Beatles' 'Wide Album'

How the Beatles fell into avant garde hell with 1968’s unreleased Wide Album.


Wednesday, December 5 2007

Honor Thy Father: An Interview with Dweezil Zappa

Dweezil Zappa has spent the last several years of his life reviving the music of his father, the late Frank Zappa. Why now?


Tuesday, November 20 2007

The Cost of Freedom: The Rascals' Struggle for Change

In 1967-68, The Rascals were on top of the pop charts. So they decided to use their power to take a stand on Civil Rights. That’s when the problems started.


Thursday, November 1 2007

Sea of Heartbreak: Dennis Wilson's Majestic Solo Work

Dennis Wilson's Pacific Ocean Blue, released 30 years ago, is majestic and haunting, a work as rich and complex as almost anything the Beach Boys released. So why is it out of print?


Monday, April 23 2007

Found Genres: The One-Off Noise Fest

When musicians go postal, the results can be fascinating: crazy, explosive works of art spring forth and cause record-company executives to cringe and casual fans to cower.


Reviews

Monday, March 17 2008

Five Times August: Brighter Side

Well-written, well-played, but perhaps too well-groomed.


Thursday, February 28 2008

Carla Bruni: No Promises

What does it say about the industry when model Carla Bruni's CD has more artist involvement – and merit – than that of "real" pop stars?


Thursday, February 21 2008

Headlights: Some Racing, Some Stopping

In which the Champaign, Illinois trio steps away from indie rock and jumps headlong into…indie pop.


Thursday, February 14 2008

ZOX: Line in the Sand

With its third release, ZOX makes the great CD its previous efforts only hinted at.


Sunday, February 10 2008

Brooks Williams: The Time I Spend With You

Tasty acoustic blues -- finger-pickin’ good.


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