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by PopMatters Staff

1 Jun 2009

Son Volt
American Central Dust
(Rounder)
Release: 7 July 2009

SONG LIST
1. Dynamite
2. Down to the Wire
3. Roll On
4. Cocaine and Ashes
5. Dust of Daylight
6. When the Wheels Don’t Move
7. No Turning Back
8. Pushed Too Far
9. Exiles
10. Sultana
11. Strength and Doubt
12. Jukebox of Steel

Son Volt
“Down to the Wire” [MP3]
     

by PopMatters Staff

1 Jun 2009

The Radio Dept.
David (4-track CD single)
(Labrador)
Digital release: 24 June
Physical release: 28 July

SONG LIST
1. David
2. Messy enough
3. David (Rice Twins remix)
4. The Idle Urban Contemporaries

The Radio Dept.
“David” [MP3]
     

by Alan Ranta

1 Jun 2009

Give it a try and I think you’ll agree: Dent May’s ukulele really is magnificent.

Dent May & His Magnificent Ukulele “Howard”

by Mike Deane

1 Jun 2009

When King Khan AKA Black Snake AKA The Maharaja of Soul, and his Shrines take the stage, there’s an unmistakable excitement in the air. As the lights dim and the droning, mystic music fades in with endless fog and smoke, it seems as if a wizard is mounting the stage. When the lights turn on and front and center is a man wearing a cheetah print sports coat and a feather head dress, carrying some sort of voodoo shaman’s cane, you know it’ll be a show not quite like anything you’ve seen, and it is.

Starting off with “Land of the Freak”, King Khan and the Shrines immediately won over the crowd, every band member seeming 100% into the music and completely genuine in their excitement. Khan as a front man is perfect: rock n roll sneer, soul moves, warm and witty banter and total devotion to the live show. Jumping in and out of the crowd all night, Khan and the guitarist and bassist seemed really excited to be playing and never missed a beat; everything sounded perfect.

by Elena Mertus

1 Jun 2009

I was having a heated discussion with friends last night. One person would name a band, and we would stick the band in a genre. Sum 41. Punk. Something Corporate. Punk. I was getting mad, because to me, those bands are not punk. Maybe pop-punk/emo. In my world, punk equals Misfits. Flashback, to “Last Caress”.

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