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Roundhead: Creature Comfort

Bastard sons of the bargain bin Roundhead showcase their funky grooves and ambient melodies on Creature Comfort, a record that inspires me to do absolutely

    Rocket Transfer Warehouse: Arrival

I admit to having lofty expectations, a bull-headed sense of taste, and an ugly, exaggerated mean streak. But in spite of that, I’ll swear

Rival Schools United by Onelinedrawing: self-titled

Here’s a nice post-Christmas surprise: a collaboration between some of the best people involved in the US post-hardcore scene. Specifically, I’m talking about

Queensrÿche, Q2k

Most ‘80s hard rock bands ought to have hung it up long ago. In general, they degenerate album by album, and ultimately become wastes of

The Queers, Later Days and Better Lays

From 1993 to 1996, the Queers ruled the whole pop-punk universe. Green Day sold infinitely more records and Screeching Weasel put more tattoos on the backs of

Q-Tip: Amplified

Back in 1998 many a hip-hop fan justifiably lamented the loss of A Tribe Called Quest. After five albums one of the genre’s most innovative

    Question of Honour: Canopic Jars

Do you ever imagine what a hybrid of Soundgarden and White Zombie might sound like minus the fancy production, playing out of somebody’s mom’

Question Mark and The Mysterians: More Action

It is always with a mixture of dread and hopeful anticipation that I meet the arrival of any new material from a former legendary band

Queen, The Crown Jewels

It’s a bit pricey, but an essential for any Queen fan. The Crown Jewels includes the band’s first eight albums (Queen, Queen II,

Elvis Presley: ‘68 Comeback Special / One Night With You [DVD]

Professional cynic Dennis Leary once remarked that he wished that someone had stepped up behind Elvis sometime late in 1957 and put a bullet behind his

    Paloalto: self-titled

God, am I sick of bad rock and roll. Those of you who are regular readers of my reviews may detect a theme in recent

Paula Cole Band, Amen

You will not have fun listening to Amen. Any urge you may have to dance or make love—reasonable responses to the ‘70s soul that

Pale Boy: self-titled

Pale Boy is comprised of 13 musicians playing tuba, marimba, guitars, French horn, sax, violin and keyboard. The lyrics are composed and sung by one Seth

Panacea, Twisted Designz

Twisted is right—not that there’s anything wrong with it. German DJ extraordinaire Panacea has been performing his blend of teutonic hardcore and UK

The Pin-Ups: Backseat Memoirs

Punk-lite with female vocals and guys from Green Apple Quick Step and The Presidents of the USA (not the bald guy, though). Dejha has a

Plone: For Beginner Piano

Electronic music works really well when it offers ferocious beats or when it employs complex textures and soundscapes that encourage you to become lost in

Poi Dog Pondering: Soul Sonic Orchestra

For 12 years now, Poi Dog Pondering have been doing their thing without paying much attention to the fact that they’re neither well-known in the

Doug Powell: More

More is the perfect title for this CD, because Powell really delivers more on this recording. A humongous spectacle of sound, More is equal parts

Dolly Parton: The Grass is Blue

Country’s latest embrace of mall-glam sophistication (see: Faith Hill’s wardrobe for the Breathe booklet) has meant the much-noted betrayal of the music’s

    Stacey Pullen: Today Is the Tomorrow You Were Promised Yesterday

As the dance scene grows, fragments and, all too often, moves further and further away from its roots in black musical forms, it is interesting

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