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Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band: Outer South—Former Bright Eyes poster boy, Conor Oberst returns in rootsy guise for his second album with the Mystic Valley Band and now resides firmly in that space between alt-country and pop that is also occupied by Wilco.


New York Dolls: Cause I Sez So—The New York Dolls were at the very forefront of the punk revolution, forming in 1971 and being the primary influence on early UK punk bands like the Sex Pistols and to a lesser degree the Clash. The original group broke up in the late ‘70s, but David Johansen and Sylvain Sylvain reunited the band in 2004 and put out their first studio record since 1974 in 2006. Now they have another gritty rock platter for us in Cause I Sez So.


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Friday, May 1, 2009
by Jon Bream / Star Tribune (Minneapolis) (MCT)

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Leonard Cohen’s songs are better known than he is.


Starting with Judy Collins in 1966 (“Suzanne”), they’ve been covered more than 1,500 times by other singers, whose versions often became more famous than his own.


Like Kris Kristofferson, Cohen is both a songwriting giant and a less-than-pretty singer. He has never had a song land in the top 40. Only two of his 18 albums have gone gold and one is a “hits” collection.


With the 74-year-old Canadian poet on his first U.S. tour in 15 years, we picked the best covers of 12 of his best-known songs.


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Thursday, Apr 30, 2009
by PopMatters Staff

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#1 in Spain - albums


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Tuesday, Apr 28, 2009

Bob Dylan: Together Through Life—The big release of the week comes from one of the most important songwriters in pop music history. Dylan has been undergoing something of a renaissance late in life, working at a pace many younger musicians can’t match. Together Through Life came together on the road last year and is something of a bonus to fans, coming hot on the heels of 2008’s critically acclaimed The Bootleg Series Vol. 8: Tell Tale Signs.


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Thursday, Apr 23, 2009

Would Van Hunt do anything to get your “attention”? After parting ways with Blue Note/EMI last year, the funk-rocker is now a free agent. As a “salve for these desperate times”, he’s offering free downloads of tracks from his extensive vault to fans. Entitled Use in Case of Emergency, the songs can be accessed for a limited time by visiting www.vanhunt.com. Hunt is currently working on new music that will be available 8 May on his website only.


 



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