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Dwight Yoakam: dwightyoakamacoustic.net

When Dwight Yoakam returned to the stage for an encore last summer in Seattle he came by himself, carrying an acoustic guitar. He’d done


    Dave Young Trio: Tale of the Fingers

This is a subtle album of quiet strength, easy to wrongly dismiss as “cocktail music” for the perhaps uneducated listener. Noted bassist Young has recruited


    Neil Young and Crazy Horse: Life

Year of the Horse, Jim Jarmusch’s 1999 filmic snapshot of Neil Young and Crazy Horse, depicts the four musicians as a long-lasting force of energy


    Yogi: 20/20 Hindsight

Of course, the vision of that cuddly animated bear comes to mind when you hear the name of this band. As you settle into this


Arthur Yoria: self-titled

Seduction. That’s what Arthur Yoria’s self-titled debut is all about; at least, that’s my bet, after listening to the songs and pondering


XTC, Apple Venus Volume 1 / Transistor Blast

Andy Partridge and Colin Moulding used their time off well, lavishing extra care and attention on this set of tunes that rank among the best music they have ever produced.


Marty Willson-Piper: Hanging Out in Heaven

When not functioning as one of the more consistently interesting groups of the last 20 years, the members of the Australian group The Church work on


    The Wallflowers: Breach

It’s easy to want to hate The Wallflowers. Lead singer Jakob Dylan’s love-hate relationship with the fact he’ll forever be known as


Lee Ann Womack: I Hope You Dance

There is nothing about the cover art of Lee Ann Womack’s latest release, I Hope You Dance—the singer bathed in beatific light, color


The Wedding Present, Singles 1989-1991

The Wedding Present amassed a brilliant body of work that was fully entrenched in the angular post-punk aesthetic.


    Wimme: Cugu

Finnish singer and guitarist Wimme Saari explores the outer limits of his chief inspiration, the yoik (chanting) tradition of the nomadic, reindeer-herding Sámi (Lap)


    Steve Wynn: Here Come the Miracles

Let’s cut to the chase shall we? You’re gonna wanna read about how great a band the Dream Syndicate was in the 1980s,


    The Wiseguys: The Antidote

If you’ve been watching TV lately, then you have undoubtedly encountered “Start the Commotion” on either MTV or during Zoolander‘s movie trailers. If


Joe Walsh: The Best Of Joe Walsh: The Millennium Collection

Universal’s Millennium Collection CDs are all affordably priced, and although they seem to overlap more expansive “Greatest Hits” collections, sometimes there is a very


Barry White, Staying Power

Just in case you didn’t know, Barry White has a low voice. Barry White definitely knows he has a low voice too. He talks


War, Grooves and Messages: The Greatest Hits of War

What will you do with the bonus CD of remixes that comes with this package? These eight really competent attempts to free War of the


    Waldeck: The Night Garden

What is it that makes some synth-pop beautiful and some hollow? This is the question before me as I sit down to write this review.


    Willard Grant Conspiracy: Everything’s Fine

This record resisted me, or rather it waited patiently for me to listen to it on its own terms. Driving to and from work in


Shannon Wright: Maps of Tacit

Maps of Tacit, Shannon Wright’s follow-up to her generally well received Flight Safety, is a collection of elliptical, minimalist songs that are linked more


    Steve Ward: Opening Night

I have met and have known a few A & R people from major record companies over the years. The job is hard work, and


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