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Thursday, October 20 2011

Beta Hector: Sunbeam Insulin

Beta Hector is successful on Sunbeam Insulin in marrying diverse and seemingly contrarian styles of music together into an almost seamless blend of electronic pop.


Wednesday, October 19 2011

CMJ 2011 Day 1: Street Chant + Cairo Knife Fight

The tail end of the New Zealand Showcase.


Wednesday, October 12 2011

Lake Street Dive: Live at the Lizard Lounge

Live at the Lizard Lounge, which was recorded earlier this year at a Boston-area hometown show, has an amazing soundtrack but a rather underwhelming video to accompany it.


Tuesday, October 11 2011

Trombone Shorty: For True

If Lenny Kravitz came out of the New Orleans brass band scene ...


Jim Keller: Soul Candy

If you like Americana, Soul Candy is a sweet and agreeable slice of sugar-coated confectionary that won’t make your teeth ache.


Monday, October 10 2011

Extra Classic: Your Light Like White Lightning, Your Light Like a Laser Beam

Extra Classic pays homage, and shows its own vitality, when they build off of Jamaican music, but the band should find subject material a bit closer to home.


Thursday, September 22 2011

Various Artists: Our Lives Are Shaped By What We Love

The music is uniformly solid, even groovy. But there’s a sweetness to the singles.


Monday, September 19 2011

‘Bride Flight’ Is Beautiful but Predictable

Despite its serviceable storyline, Bride Flight is visually sumptuous and the characters are truly endearing.


Manu Chao: 5 September 2011 - New York

Labor Day at Terminal 5 with Manu Chao was as stirring as it was sweaty. That is, very.


Monday, September 12 2011

Big Harp: White Hat

While White Hat isn’t the most markedly original collection of character sketches that you might have heard, it is an album for the back porch with a beer in hand as the wind gently slams against the screen door.


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Bob Marley: The Untold Story (Features) [7.Jul.11]
Warren Haynes: Man in Motion (Reviews) [26.Jun.11]
About Group: Start and Complete (Reviews) [3.May.11]
Empress Hotel: Empress Hotel EP (Reviews) [21.Mar.11]
Telepath: Crush (Capsule Reviews) [21.Feb.11]
Amanda Palmer: Goes Down Under (Reviews) [16.Feb.11]
Com Truise: Cyanide Sisters (Capsule Reviews) [8.Feb.11]
Bilal: Levels EP (Capsule Reviews) [2.Feb.11]
No BS! Brass: No BS! (Capsule Reviews) [20.Dec.10]
Onmutu Mechanicks: Nocturne (Capsule Reviews) [8.Nov.10]
Gecko Turner: Gone Down South (Capsule Reviews) [3.Nov.10]
Squarepusher: Shobaleader One EP (Capsule Reviews) [23.Sep.10]
Grupo Fantasma: El Existential (Reviews) [1.Aug.10]
Stanton Moore: Groove Alchemy (Reviews) [13.Jun.10]
Whitefield Brothers: Earthology (Capsule Reviews) [16.Mar.10]
The Slits: Trapped Animal (Reviews) [4.Mar.10]
Maiysha: 23.Jan.10 - New York (Notes from the Road) [25.Jan.10]
Carla Bley: Carla’s Christmas Carols (Capsule Reviews) [10.Nov.09]
The Messengers (Columns) [11.Oct.09]
Kylie Auldist: Made of Stone (Capsule Reviews) [8.Sep.09]
Verse-Chorus-Verse: Nina Simone (Sound Affects) [17.Aug.09]
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