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The Ladylike-Defying, Guitar Playing Debra Devi and ‘The Language of the Blues’

For aficionados of American history, music and etymology, the blues is the ideal confluence of all three fields. Devi's book is a roadmap for observing how their paths overlap.

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James Luther Dickinson and North Mississippi Allstars: I’m Just Dead, I’m Not Gone

A live set of rollicking blues, soul, and roots music, the kind of unfinished, less than perfect sound of a band, and a man, out to have a good time (and successfully so) rocking the house down!

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30 Jul 2012 // 11:04 PM

Zulu Winter: Language

A dazzling and moving collection of prestine Britpop.

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17 Jul 2012 // 11:03 PM

Linkin Park: Living Things

A fine collection of rap/electronic/rock that unfortunately disappoints when compared to its predecessor.

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14 Nov 2011 // 10:00 PM

Mutemath: Odd Soul

Odd Soul is a well-executed record, but it's too indebted to its overt influences to stand alone as a solid album.

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Willie Nile: The Innocent Ones

If you find authenticity in struggle, if you hate all that is fake and manipulative, or if you just love good ol' rock 'n' roll, Willie Nile is your man.

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‘Maxwell Street Blues’ Is a Toe-Tapping Time Capsule

Viewing Maxwell Street Blues paradoxically stirs simultaneous emotions of melancholy and elation. Much like what happens when singing the blues.

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Jack’s Mannequin: People and Things

There are lots of people and things here. Where McMahon sells the album short is in failing to make either of those two come fully alive.

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George Strait: Here for a Good Time

While Strait spends about half the album doling out sunbeams, the other half is all shadows and pain, firmly in the old-country tradition of hard luck songs.

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Astronautalis Pushes Minneapolis Hip-Hop in Fresh Directions

Astronautalis's hip-hop meets electro-rock spectacle to provide the perfect soundtrack for the genre drifter in all of us.

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Wagons: Rumble, Shake and Tumble

Just ignore the first song, and you’ll find a band rooted in gritty country, rock ‘n’ roll, and infectious foot stomping.

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Scott Matthews: What the Night Delivers ...

Singer-songwriter goes nocturnal, resurrecting the ghost of Jeff Buckley and layering up the violins, vocal effects and instrospection.

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17 Oct 2011 // 10:00 PM

WATERS: Out in the Light

This isn't the banjo folk of Port O'Brien. On this project, frontman Vans Pierszalowski plugs in and sets sail with a harder-hitting sound.

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17 Oct 2011 // 9:59 PM

Jon Regen: Revolution

A rather moving pop record with guest turns from Benmont Tench and Andy Summers.

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Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin: Tape Club

Someone may still love the Russian ex-president, but not many will love this boring collection of b-sides and rare releases.

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Falling in Reverse: The Drug in Me Is You

After returning from two years of incarceration, scene bad boy Ronnie Radke is back in action in the form of his new post-hardcore outfit Falling in Reverse. One thing is clear – he’s pissed.

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11 Oct 2011 // 10:00 PM

Trombone Shorty: For True

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

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Watermelon Slim and Super Chikan: Okiesippi Blues

Two blues stalwarts show the youngsters how it's done.

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11 Oct 2011 // 9:59 PM

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.

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Grouplove: Never Trust a Happy Song

The Los Angeles quintet settles for a mixed bag of goods on their debut album. Or perhaps a mixed bag of bads is more applicable?

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Ten Great Criterion Titles: What to Watch and Why

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"As the Criterion Collection's ever-growing roster shows, there are simply too many great pictures out on home video to know what to do with.

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