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Wednesday, October 9 2013

Fighting the Good or Mediocre Fight, Over Six Decades

Jonathan Lethem's family saga, Dissident Gardens, recalls Saul Bellow or Philip Roth’s urban intellectuals battling Jewish angst.


Wednesday, July 17 2013

The Dead in Fine Form: ‘Grateful Dead View from the Vault Vol. III and IV’

Fans of the Grateful Dead all have their favorite era, but in 1987 and 1990, the San Francisco outfit was playing some of the best shows of its career. These two volumes are proof positive of that.


Wednesday, May 29 2013

In Defense Of… Kanye West

On the heels of his sixth solo studio album, it's time to take a look at why Yeezy remains relevant, and why his antics, obnoxious as they can be, never grow old.


Tuesday, May 21 2013

Steve Forbert: Alive on Arrival / Jackrabbit Slim

The foremost virtue on each of these albums -- musically, lyrically, and especially vocally -- is Forbert’s exuberance, the unabashed joy of discovery he makes palpable on nearly every one of the tracks here.


Wednesday, August 1 2012

‘American Pop’... Matters: Ron Thompson, the Illustrated Man Unsung

More than just a rock performance piece, American Pop is an engrossing drama with a pathos that burns through the animation cells in certain scenes even to this day.


Thursday, March 15 2012

Textbook Oppositions and Alternatives: Re-Thinking the Role of Race in ‘60s Rock and Soul Music

Black rock musicians like Jimi Hendrix, Sly Stone, and Arthur Lee (Love), as well as white soul musicians in the racially integrated bands playing on recordings of singers like Aretha Franklin and Wilson Pickett, existed during the '60s. So why is rock and soul so black and white?


Wednesday, November 9 2011

Ólöf Arnalds: Ólöf Sings EP

The Icelandic singer-songwriter serves up a fine quintet of English-language songs; highlights include covers of Springsteen, Dylan, and Johnny Cash.


Tuesday, November 8 2011

Marc Carroll: In Silence

A couple of tracks stand out on their own, but In Silence, as a whole, is an awkward hodgepodge of Irish folk music and sappy piano ballads.


Thursday, November 3 2011

John Wesley Harding: The Sound of His Own Voice

Bob Dylan and Joan Baez's self-proclaimed bastard son looks back in whimsy.


Wednesday, October 12 2011

Various Artists: The Lost Notebooks of Hank Williams

The only thing more exciting than the release of 12 previously unrecorded Hank Williams lyrics is the group of artists recruited to put them together.


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Counterbalance: Year One (Sound Affects) [9.Sep.11]
Tom Russell: Mesabi (Reviews) [7.Sep.11]
Between Church & State (Reviews) [1.Sep.11]
Thea Gilmore: John Wesley Harding (Reviews) [11.Aug.11]
Bought on the Fourth of July (Reviews) [12.Jul.11]
Celebrating 68 years of George Harrison (Mixed Media) [21.Feb.11]
Rewinding the 53rd Annual Grammys (Mixed Media) [14.Feb.11]
Christopher Hitchens’ Taste in Music (Sound Affects) [27.Jan.11]
The Year in Music: May 2010 (Mixed Media) [21.Jan.11]
“Like a Rolling Stone” Revisited (Sound Affects) [6.Oct.10]
Blood on the Tracks: The Movie (Features) [11.May.10]
Blood on the Stage (Features) [10.May.10]
Bob Dylan, The Voice (Features) [28.Apr.10]
Bargaining for Salvation (Features) [27.Apr.10]
One of Toil and Blood (Features) [26.Apr.10]
Jakob Dylan: Women + Country (Reviews) [6.Apr.10]
Phoenix: Live & Unplugged (Reviews) [24.Feb.10]
Azrael #1-3 (Reviews) [8.Feb.10]
Mason Jennings: Blood of Man (Reviews) [17.Jan.10]
Old Crow Medicine Show: 19.Nov.09 -  Chicago (Notes from the Road) [7.Dec.09]
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