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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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Sills & Smith: Uncertain Vista

Uncertain Vista is a bit of a mixed bag.

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Michael Powers: Revolutionary Boogie

Revolutionary? Nope, but very good

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‘All Star Western’ Is at Home, Back East

In a longstanding tradition of using company-wide shakeups to offer a new and engaging visions of Jonah Hex, All Star Western offers perhaps the sincerest reboot of the entire New 52 run.

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The Dirt Daubers: Wake Up, Sinners

The bluegrass outfit, led by Legendary Shack Shakers frontman (and Kentucky colonel) J.D. Wilkes, offers up an express train of an album.

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28 Sep 2011 // 9:00 PM

The Gift: Explode

Explode, as an artistic statement, simply sputters and fizzles out, except when it whispers.

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The Jayhawks: Mockingbird Time

The Jayhawks' return suffers too often from being weighty without being significant.

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20 Sep 2011 // 8:58 PM

100 Monkeys: Liquid Zoo

The album's inconsistent, but 100 Monkeys have too much talent to go unrecognized.

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Various Artists: Chicago Blues: A Living History: The (R)evolution Continue

The state of the blues: alive and well in 2011.

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Rory Gallagher: Rory Gallagher / Deuce / Live! in Europe / Blueprint

A consummate performer live or in the studio, these re-releases serve as a bold reminder of the weight of the Rory Gallagher legacy.

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The Rapture: In the Grace of Your Love

Once the Next Big Thing, the Rapture return after a five-year absence with an album that doesn't do much to reestablish their reputation.

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Beyoncé Rocks It Slow and ‘90s Style for Her 1+1 Video

When Beyoncé released her fourth solo album, aptly titled 4, many were confused as to which direction she was going. There were moments of psychedelic electro

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Rock ‘n’ Roll 101: How to Handle a Dead Young Rock Star

In the wake of Amy Winehouse's death, record industry types and music journalists dusted off their Rock 'n' Roll 101 handbooks, revisiting the chapter on how to report on a Young Rock Star's death. Has it been handled any differently this time around than in the past?

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24 Aug 2011 // 10:22 AM

OK Go vs. the Muppets

The Muppets drifted out of coolness when they were relegated to children’s entertainment in the ‘90s. They came back with a vengeance though through

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Tori Amos’ Latest Video Continues Her Tradition of Cheese

Tori Amos' latest video continues her long running awkward relationship with the visual medium.

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Rory Gallagher: Notes From San Francisco

Gallagher fans would do well to come for the esoterica of the unreleased studio sessions, but stay for the raging live set that brings the songs truly alive.

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15 Aug 2011 // 12:00 PM

Jeff Bridges: Jeff Bridges

In the wake of Crazy Heart, Jeff Bridges proves that his musical skill is for real, even if for the most part he's treading familiar ground.

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9 Aug 2011 // 8:57 PM

Nicole Mitchell: Awakening

Avant-garde veteran Nicole Mitchell will neither tarnish nor advance her reputation with the kindly Awakening.

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The Summer Set: Everything’s Fine

The Summer Set seeks to find a new identity in the form of catchy pop rock.

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Sondre Lerche: Sondre Lerche

A step back from the bolder experimentation on previous records, Sondre Lerche unfortunately loses some of the excellence of Lerche's past work.

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'Wanted' Is a Spaghetti Western That Will Leave You Wanting

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"The charisma of Giuliano Gemma and some stellar action sequences can't save this sub-par spaghetti western.

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