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Weeping in Fits and Starts, Blue Funnel World

This band is almost impossible to categorize—and, for the record, that’s a good thing. With its members possessing perfect pop and indie rock

George Winston, Plains

The postmodernists Walter Abish and Mojo Nixon found themselves seated next to one another on a plane. To pass the time, they invented a game

Wellwater Conspiracy, Brotherhood Of Electric: Operational Directives

Wellwater Conspiracy sounds like a good name for a goth band, but thankfully they’re not that. This Michigan band is one of the few

Andre Williams & the Sadies, Red Dirt

It takes more than music for a country artist in the ‘90s to earn Rolling Stone-style cred. It takes a gimmick, a hook. You can

Wire: reissues

In May 2000, following a successful string of dates across the US, an English band played a sold-out show at Irving Plaza, one of New York’

Wisely: Go!

For those of you not in the know and who have a taste for all things that pop melodically, let me turn your attentions to

    The Whispers: Greatest Slow Jams Volume Two

After Detroit, after Memphis, after Philadelphia, black music temporarily found its capital in California as the Seventies stumbled into the Eighties, for the first time

World Saxophone Quartet: Requiem for Julius

The World Saxophone Quartet’s Requiem for Julius is a tribute to the late Julius Hemphill who was both one of the quartet’s founding

Wolf Colonel: Vikings of Mint

Not until now, anyway. But Wolf Colonel, the new vehicle for Olympia’s Jason Anderson, is all about shattering conventions. On Vikings of Mint, Anderson

Jesse Winchester, Gentleman of Leisure

I may not be a country music fan, but I do think I keep an open mind. However, based on my own experience, Jesse Winchester’

    BeBe Winans: Love & Freedom

There is perhaps nothing more daunting in popular music than attempting to establish an individual musical identity when you are related to an already established

Wolfie: Wolfie, and the Coat and Hat

With its latest release, Wolfie, and the Coat and Hat, Wolfie has created a record the band can be proud of. After being dissatisfied with

Shannon Wright: Flightsafety

Even though it’s never implied in the liner notes, I will refer to shannonwright as if she had a first and last name. It

    John Wolfington: self-titled

To a sparse backdrop of guitar and drums (machine or live), plus bass and piano on some songs, Wolfington plays slow, dreamy, soulful urban folktales

The Waxwings: Low to the Ground

Mere words cannot describe the heaven of this record. Gathering up everything that is great about pop music—inventive melodies, soaring vocals, crunchy, snarling guitars

David Wilcox: What You Whispered

There is something deeply noble and brave about anybody who is prepared to trawl through the very core of his experience and lay bare the

    Waltz for Debbie: Gone and Out

The contributions that Sweden has made to pop music are underappreciated. From the colorful dance-pop of ABBA and Ace of Base to the light rock

The Wilkinsons: Here and Now

Maybe I’m a bit of a Luddite, but when I first popped the Wilkinson’s disc into my CD-ROM drive, all the words I

The Wes Hollywood Show: Playing Favourites

If you’re in a hurry to get back to that porno site, here it is: If an artist tried to do a rewrite of

    The Weakerthans: Left and Leaving

My head hurts. I’ve spent the day freaking out about my idiot dog eating chocolate early this AM, worrying that those guys I saw

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