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    Rage Against the Machine: Renegades

Renegades is a sort of Cliffs Notes to Rage Against the Machine, insofar as the 12 cover versions that make up the album map out the

    Tampa Red: The Essential Tampa Red

Tampa Red was probably as influential a blues guitarist as ever lived. Given the importance of the blues to all forms of popular music, that

Calvin Richardson: Country Boy

Calvin Richardson fancies himself a cowboy. The album abounds with pictures of Richardson topless with his rippling biceps, pierced nipples, and leather cowboy hat, but

Bonnie Rideout: Scottish Fire

I am leery about this type of music for one reason, and that is my lack of knowledge of the intricacies that go on in

The Red Krayola, Fingerpainting

As a lover of bright melodies and arrangements, I knew I was in for a challenge when I popped in the latest disc from the

    Deepak Ram: Searching for Satyam

Deepak Ram was born in 1960 in Lenasia, a “coloured” township close to Soweto, and grew up in a household where John Coltrane, Ella Fitzgerald and

Reverse: self-titled

Reverse reminds me of 1980s college alternative pop: kind of a cross between The Psychedelic Furs, The Cure and Echo and the Bunnymen. The singer

Rainer Maria, Atlantic EP | PopMatters | Music | Reviews

Rainer Maria is a band that crept up on me. I had owned their most recent full-length, Look Now Look Again, for about 5 months before

    Rare Earth: The Best of Rare Earth

Motown’s golden decade—over 100 US Top Ten hits in the Sixties—was as steady and profitable as the Detroit auto plant conveyor belts that

    Rebecca Riots: Gardener

Okay, let’s play a little game. Put on your “I Know My Cultural Stereotypes” hat, sit back, relax, and get ready to consult your

Rick of the Skins: Here Comes the Weekend

At first listen, “Petite Fille” sounds like a mistake. Picture Stereolab-esque ethereal French-Canadien chanting over the disconcerting thwang of tennis balls and a dying Casio

    Romero: Cuban Jazz Funk

For once the title (nearly) says it all—as long as you realise that we are talking Cuba in its Brooklyn-based form and Jazz-Funk in

Raekwon: Immobilarity

On “Yae Yo,” Raekwon recounts a frightening interracial confrontation between dealers, full of explicit particulars (“Fernando sent me, yo / Stop acting high style, yo, / And

The Rentals, Seven More Minutes

Proving the notion that it always takes a few years before Britain’s musical trends become big in the States, The Rentals are back with

    Elio Revé Jr. y su Charangón: Changüí en la Casa de Nora

Changüí, changüí, changüí, there are ten different changüí played here, all combining into a stylish, swinging presentation. Changüí en la Casa de Nora is a

The Retardos: self-titled

With a name like The Retardos, you have to expect the band to be either the purveyors of the second coming of rock music, or

    Ranarim: Till the Light of Day

When it comes to European world music, particularly of the folk variety, Celtic reigns supreme. Huge swathes of the World Music (and New Age) bins

Rustic Overtones: Volume Up

It’s no big secret that the rampant popularity of the Dave Matthews Band among high school and college students has made the pill of “

Josh Rouse: Home

+ another review of Home by David Fufkin In a world where Jewel is considered a poet, where does a talented singer/songwriter like Josh Rouse

    Rebecca’s Statue: Drinking from the Water Clock

Relix featured Chicago-based Rebecca’s Statue in its “On the Edge” section. Should I have been wary just from that? Yes. I was never a

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