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Courtney Love - “You Know My Name” (audio)

The frenetic Courtney Love is back, only this time she's using her solo name.

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‘JAMerica’ Skillfully Assembles an Oral History of America’s Jam Bands

The jam band scene may be one of the most diverse in the US, though many tend to paint Disco Biscuits with the Grateful Dead's brush. This volume clears some of that up.

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Moreland & Arbuckle: 7 Cities

Electric blues that's steeped further in the past than usual.

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Janelle Monáe: The Electric Lady

A redrawing of black, gender and female sexual politics for the 21st century on this brilliantly realised album by one of the world's most innovative and important musicians.

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Tedeschi Trucks Band: Made Up Mind

Made Up Mind is a brilliant throwback without ever truly sounding anachronistic.

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5 Sep 2013 // 1:04 AM

Vista Chino: Peace

The spirit of Kyuss lives on through Peace, even though it doesn't shine as bright as it used to -- or should.

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Valerie June: Pushin’ Against a Stone

Singer/songwriter Valerie June breaks through capably on Pushin’ Against a Stone.

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21 Aug 2013 // 10:04 PM

White Lies: Big TV

A safe, solid deliverance from White Lies, but nothing spectacular.

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20 Aug 2013 // 10:06 PM

John Mayer: Paradise Valley

Paradise Valley confirms that the country rock of 2012's Born & Raised was no one-off, and more importantly it demonstrates that this is the music John Mayer was meant to make all along. All these years later, the Mellow Mafia has a new capo.

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Bass Drum of Death: Bass Drum of Death

The generous reverb endows every riff with a neon glow and the smell of cheeseburgers and fries served on an open car windowsill.

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28 Jul 2013 // 10:05 PM

Buddy Guy: Rhythm & Blues

Even if it is a little too star-studded, Rhythm & Blues is another unwavering piece of devotion from Buddy Guy.

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David Lynch: The Big Dream

The Big Dream, is an exciting, unnerving, and at times, unsettling experience for the listener, which should satisfy any fan of David Lynch's films, or innovative blues music more generally

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Chuck Klosterman Is Making a Career of Evil in ‘I Wear the Black Hat’

If anything, I Wear the Black Hat makes you think about what is culturally acceptable when it comes to malicious behavior.

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Randall Bramblett: The Bright Spots

The Bright Spots may not break new ground, but it's much more than a mere throwback. It's too confident, too accomplished, and quite simply too good to be dismissed or denied.

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16 Jul 2013 // 10:06 PM

The Icarus Line: Slave Vows

Forget Penance Soiree. With Slave Vows, the Icarus Line has made rock 'n' roll that isn’t concerned with being “revivalist” or anything else of the sort. It just is, which is to say thrilling and vital in the way rock music should be.

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Aquarius Rotten: The Japanese Jimi Hendrix and More, Part 1

The heavy rock superstars of the late '60s and early '70s who inspired and nurtured metal's burgeoning years are all well known. However, there are innumerable more obscure or unheralded groups that fortified the heavy metal machine too, and many are infinitely more interesting than their more famous brethren.

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12 Jun 2013 // 10:02 PM

JJ Grey and Mofro: This River

This River was unlikely to be a radical departure from Grey's signature style, and longtime fans will be pleased that he is still ploughing the same fruitful furrow.

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20 May 2013 // 10:05 PM

Justice: Access All Arenas

Access All Arenas, a vivid and vivacious capture of Justice's 2012 Arena of Nîmes show, proves once and for all that the progression that occurred between Cross and Audio, Video, Disco hadn't changed them as a band. It, in fact, made them better.

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16 May 2013 // 10:15 PM

Mojo Hand: The Life and Music of Lightnin’ Hopkins

In a career that took him from the cotton fields of East Texas to the concert stage at Carnegie Hall and beyond, Lightnin’ Hopkins became one of America’s greatest bluesmen.

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Mark Lanegan & Duke Garwood: Black Pudding

Black Pudding is a souvenir record for Mark Lanegan and Duke Garwood fans, an album full of theme songs for gunslingers, bluesman and desert-wandering derelicts.

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Is Black Widow Still a Hero? Dissecting the Misogynistic Outrage Against the Avengers

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"Black Widow may very well be the pinnacle of the modern action heroine, so why is there so much backlash about her role in the new Avengers film?

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