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Monday, March 5 2001

    Silver Scooter: The Blue Law

Two things come to mind at a first listen to Austin band Silver Scooter’s new album, The Blue Law: A) it sounds a lot

    Amy Ray: Stag

Denizens of Atlanta’s live music scene over the past decade or so are well familiar with the presence of the Indigo Girls’ Amy Ray.

    Mall: 05.17.2012 01:34:28 PM -0400

The opening track on Mall’s second album, 05.17.2012 01:34:28 PM -0400, sets an unmistakable mood, through recorded dialogue and atmospheric based music: People hanging out late

    Delbert McClinton: Nothing Personal

While many things may change over the years, the attitudes and vibes of your average roadhouse don’t. In those places of smoky haze and

    Branford Marsalis/Orpheus Chamber Ensemble: Creation

The first thing I notice in listening to Creation, Branford Marsalis’s new album of classical music arranged for the saxophone and chamber orchestra, is

Mike Ladd: Vernacular Homocide

What to make of Mike Ladd? He’s been called “the Tom Waits of hip-hop”, and been likened to the Velvet Underground, Pink Floyd, and

    Pete Krebs and Danny Barnes: Duet for Clarinet and Goat

Dust bowl soul brothers Pete Krebs (ex-Hazel singer/songwriter) and Danny Barnes (ex-Bad Livers frontman) have joined their God fearing and mother loving heads together

    The Kiss Offs: Rock Bottom

Austin’s The Kiss Offs are dead and gone (one member has moved to Chicago, and three of the others are now in different Austin-area

    Kings of Convenience: Quiet Is the New Loud

The blokes that make up Kings of Convenience, Eirik Glambek Bøe and Erlend Øye, have mastered the lustrous harmonies and polite sensitive boy cooing

    Koffee Brown: Mars/Venus

Things are looking pretty good on the R&B/Soul scene so far this year. Musiq, India.Arie, Sunshine Anderson, Jaheim and Tank all

    Jenifer Jackson: Birds

The musical texture of Birds is lush, but without an abundance of instruments. Waves of vibes, cymbals, marimbas and other percussion create an elegant scene

Hefner: We Love the City

Hefner clearly don’t intend to be taken entirely seriously. On their previous releases, the band’s quirky, lo-fi pop has been laced with a

Gwenmars: Driving a Million

Over the past couple of years glam-rock has been the prevailing style of choice among young, upstart club bands, particularly in L.A. So many

Steve Fisk: 999 Levels of Undo

Because as an indie godfather Steve Fisk has seeped up so much adulation, it is easy to forgive his fallibility as he enters this stage

The Free Design: Cosmic Peekaboo

The Free Design are one of the many pop groups of the past getting more attention now than they did when they were together, thanks

Eve: Scorpion

Eve doesn’t need my support for this album, as it is sure to sell as ridiculously well as her debut. With that in mind

Dog Fashion Disco: Anarchists of Good Taste

All right, try not to laugh too hard when you listen to Anarchists of Good Taste. I’m pretty sure vocalist Todd Smith didn’t

Jay Dee: Welcome to Detroit

“Y’all ready for some live shit? Welcome. Welcome to the D, baby.” With these opening lines we enter the wonderful, bass-heavy world of the

The Riddler and Christian B.: Club Series Part Four

Although it’s called Club Series 4, a better name for this new dance music compilation might be Radio Series 4. That’s because the two DJs

Solomon Burke: King of Blues and Soul

This reissue will probably slip by unnoticed simply because it will be assumed to be yet another re-packaging of Solomon Burke’s 1960s back catalogue.

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