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The Good Life: Novena on a Nocturn

The Good Life’s Tim Kasher thinks Novena on a Nocturn is better than it is. He seems to think poetry and starlit songs are

The Grievous Angels, Miles on the Rail

Named for a classic Gram Parsons album, Tempe, Arizona’s Grievous Angels stomp through a tour-de-force of Bakersfield honky-tonk that would make Buck Owens and

Frog Holler: Idiots

AAlthough Shoemakersville, Pennsylvania, in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch country, seems an unlikely place to start a bluegrass band, it’s the home of Frog

Fastbacks, The Day That Didn’t Exist

It’s been over three years since the last Fastbacks full-length—a rather unusual amount of time considering how sporadic the group has been in

Fonda: The Strange and the Familiar

I had a roommate when I lived in NYC. He fell in love with a six foot dominatrix who he’d try to impress by

The For Carnation: self-titled

Whenever I hear landscapic, guitar-based rock with few vocals, I automatically compare it to Scottish innovators, Mogwai. I consider Mogwai’s Come On Die Young

Far Too Jones: Shame and Her Sister

In terms of industry hype, expectation and delivery, modern rock is the new hair metal. Just as a succession of poodle-headed bands were signed, hyped

John Fahey: Best of the Vanguard Years

In the liner notes to his nearly unlistenable City of Refuge, John Fahey blasts listeners who have categorized his playing. He is neither a folk

Field Mob: 613: Ashy to Classy

Hailing for Albany, Georgia, Boondox and Kalage attempt to offer a rural hip-hop perspective in their debut release. Indeed, they are at their most effective

Feeder: Yesterday Went to Soon

Yes, these are the same infectious blokes who rampaged onto U.S. shores with their equally infectious mini-hit “High,” which sung of the pleasures of

Fishbone: Truth and Soul

In Erik Barnouw’s memoir, Media Marathon, the young media polyglot gets his first job in commercial radio at the very dawn of its Golden

Fantastic Plastic Machine, Luxury

Tomoyuki Tanaka (a.k.a. Fantastic Plastic Machine) is something of a dying breed these days—a true Renaissance Man, a near impossibility in today’

FunkStorung, Additional Productions

The German electronic duo FunkStörung impressed Björk so much with their remix of “All Is Full of Love,” she initiated a

Freezepop: Freezepop Forever

Hey remember not too long ago back in the ‘90s when catchy synth group Pulsars had that hit “Tunnel Song” that got played on the

Jason Falkner, Can You Still Feel?

Releasing a mere two albums, Jellyfish is one of the seminal bands that invigorated 90s indie pop. Fortunately, former member Jason Falkner is still on

The Frogs, Bananimals

The Frogs have spent over a decade going out of their way to shock everyone, from African Americans to women to gays to record industry

Bill Fox, Shelter From The Smoke

If there was ever any doubt, Shelter From The Smoke dispels it—Bill Fox is one of this country’s finest songwriters. As the former

Peter Finger: Open Strings

This man is amazing with an acoustic guitar. His name is well known to anyone who has more than a passing interest in the instrument.

From Bubblegum to Sky: Me and Amy and the Two French Boys

Sometimes the best criteria for judging a CD is: How often do I want to listen to it? From Bubblegum to Sky’s debut CD,

Feaze:, Morning Wood

I love practically everything about the girls in Feaze. They’re punk rock. They’re 17. They’re loud and sassy and rude and hot. They

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