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Michael Keefe
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Michael Keefe is a freelance music journalist, an independent bookstore publicist, and a singer/guitarist/songwriter in a band. Raised on a record collection of The Beatles, Coltrane, Mozart, and Ravi Shankar, Michael has been a slave to music his whole life. At age 16, he got a drum set and a job at a record store, and he’s been playing and peddling music ever since. Today, he lives in Oregon with his wife (also a writer, but not about music), two cats, and a whole lot of instruments and CDs.


Features

Thursday, April 30 2009

Coachella 2009: A Musical Oasis

Under the searing sun of the California desert, Coachella shines through again as one of the nation's best music fests…


Tuesday, December 9 2008

The Best Singer-Songwriter Albums of 2008

Former (or current) members of the Dream Syndicate, Fleetwood Mac, and the Wallflowers are just a few of the best singer-songwriters stepping out on their own this year.


Thursday, September 25 2008

Pleased to Meet 'Em: The Replacements' Sire Years

Rhino reissues the second half of the Replacements' discography, from the mid-'80s masterpiece Tim to their laid-back 1990 swan song, All Shook Down.


Thursday, February 7 2008

Just Another Brick: The Phases of Pink Floyd

Keefe trolls through all the highs and lows of the Pink Floyd catalogue, surveying both their history and offering video highlights of the seminal band's many incarnations.


Wednesday, December 12 2007

The Best Singer-Songwriter Albums of 2007

What unites these artists is an individual presence -- a voice -- that is powerful enough to carry an entire album without retreating to the cozy confines of a band.


Reviews

Monday, August 17 2009

Deluge Grander: The Form of the Good

For progressive rock fans who could do without the words, Deluge Grander delivers with a complex, instrumental rock symphony on The Form of the Good.


Monday, July 27 2009

Trashcan Sinatras: In the Music

Post-Smiths Scottish jangle-poppers continue to age gracefully with their lovely new album.


Tuesday, June 2 2009

Elvis Costello: Secret, Profane & Sugarcane

Costello's latest completes his trio of 2000s Americana albums. Though enjoyable enough, it is the weakest of the three.


Thursday, April 16 2009

Super Furry Animals: Dark Days/Light Years

Veteran Welsh psych-pop quintet continue to evolve, while revisiting the tripped-out, up-tempo sounds of their early days.


Tuesday, April 14 2009

Willie Nile: House of a Thousand Guitars

New York rocker and singer-songwriter Willie Nile unleashes another great set of songs you'll swear you already know.


James: Hey Ma [2.Oct.08]
Qui: Loves Miracle [15.Oct.07]
Björk: Volta [6.May.07]
Damien Rice: Nine [17.Dec.06]
Ensemble: Ensemble [13.Oct.06]
Lenine: Lenine [20.Jul.06]
Gigi: Gold & Wax [30.May.06]
Man: Helping Hand [15.Feb.06]

Blogs

Friday, December 11 2009

The Smiths: The Sound of the Smiths

The Smiths: The Sound of the Smiths - Rhino [$29.98]


Wednesday, November 21 2007

The Fratellis - Costello Music [$9.98]


Sunday, November 26 2006

LISTEN - John Lee Hooker: Hooker


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