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Sunday, April 26 2009

Killing Him Didn’t Make Her Love Go Away

Violence in music begets violence in music: female artists reclaim the murder ballad.


Tuesday, April 14 2009

Brick Anchors in Wet Sand: Redefining Sludge with Kylesa

There’ve been heady times for this band that’s accustomed to scraping by as an underground fave, but Kylesa remain well-grounded and looking ahead to what’s next.


Monday, April 13 2009

Novalima: Peru’s Hidden Treasure

Friends and band mates since high school, these Peruvian electronistas all moved to different countries; Novalima was made via emails and zip files.


Sunday, April 12 2009

T.I.‘s Winding Road to Redemption

The road to Grammy-winning rap star Clifford "T.I." Harris, Jr.'s positive outcome may be paved with good intentions, but self-interest fuels the journey.


Thursday, April 9 2009

Long Live Blossom Dearie

Blossom's music exuded a sparkling kind of elegance and quick wit. Hers was the kind of jazz you could imagine in the really good Woody Allen movies. She was the Dorothy Parker of jazz.


Monday, April 6 2009

Waltzing with Wilco

As any experienced concert-goer knows, a lively audience can mean the difference between a lackluster event and a memorable night. Sometimes, it’s more important than the band's actual performance.


Sunday, April 5 2009

Willie Sounds Better Naked

Editing the original RCA tapes makes the songs on Naked Willie so much better that I’m remembering the reasons why I fell in love with Willie Nelson so many years ago.


Thursday, April 2 2009

Art Brut(ally) Funny

Holden Caulfield -- with his sexual insecurities and confused immaturity -- provides the raw meat that Art Brut’s Eddie Argos cooks with.


Sunday, March 29 2009

Time for a Repress: ‘The Gilded Palace of Sin’

For people lucky enough to stumble upon the Flying Burrito Brothers, they made country cool. The music's simplicity and emotive directness, often derided and mocked by hipsters, could now be valid, vital and mean something to a modern audience.


Tuesday, March 24 2009

Heaven Can Wait ‘Til I Finish This Remix

Should I die before I wake, I’d better make sure I’ve already got my iPod / mix-tapes / CDs/ vinyl in order.


Monday, March 23 2009

A Transcendental Evening at Alice Tully Hall

After the first piece, my friend leaned over and whispered that if you close your eyes, you are easily taken away.


Wednesday, March 18 2009

Songlines: Small Is Beautiful

Songlines has its finger on the pulse of the most important improvised music being made in North America these days.


Tuesday, March 17 2009

Rise of the Jötunn: In Flames in the 1990s

Four early and crucial albums by Swedish metal greats In Flames get reissued as part of Nuclear Blast's "Reloaded" series. There's no better time than the present to see what all the fuss is about.


Sunday, March 15 2009

America’s Most Colorful Hillbilly Band

The Maddox Brothers and Rose recorded songs that would be considered controversial even today. But 60 years ago, they were incredibly groundbreaking, and paved the way for outspoken female singers like Loretta Lynn.


Thursday, March 12 2009

Hip-Hop Hooray: Tributes in Rhyme

Forget the beef, let's talk about honoring our hip-hop icons. Perhaps the best way to pay homage to hip-hoppers is to let them speak in their own words.


Tuesday, March 10 2009

Kids Listen to the Darndest Things

Like these kids, my enjoyment level has never been as high as it was for the crap I loved when I was 13.


Sunday, March 1 2009

“Gone Country” and Hoping to Make It Back Alive

Going to Nashville to become country at this point is a little like going to New York City to become the Velvet Underground.


Monday, February 23 2009

I’ve Got the Music in Me

Today, LGBT musicians can flourish as themselves, not hiding behind euphemisms and fictional record label biographies.


Sunday, February 22 2009

Les Claypool: Where Fish Congregate

Quite simply, like the sturgeon itself, Claypool is the Maestro of the Bottom.


Wednesday, February 18 2009

Ravi Coltrane: The Son Also Rises

Tenor saxophonist Ravi Coltrane manages to look backward without seeming stale, and manages to deflect his sound off of his father's without either outright rejection or pale imitation.


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