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    My Favorite: A Cult of One

And now, let’s get back to My Favorite. When last we left them, they had released the Joan of Arc Awaiting Trial EP, which


Mary, Mary: Thankful

From its inception, the “black” Gospel tradition has only symbolically distinguished itself from the more secular forms of black music that have dominated American popular


Mystechs III: Unholy Land

Mystechs III is all show. Unholy Land is filled with a cynical social consciousness that feels forced, and coupled with the band’s manufactured, electronic


    Major Figgas: Figgas 4 Life

The self-proclaimed “most anticipated rap album since Doggy Style”, Major Figgas’ Figgas 4 Life, is pretty much standard-issue Jay-Z-esque syrupy-synthed mainstream hip-hop, albeit of an extremely


The Meat Purveyors: More Song About Buildings & Cows

To me, the one thing that sets good bluegrass and country apart from the piles of crap is good instrumentation and a nice-sounding voice. I


    Musiq Soulchild: Aijuswanaseing

The new soul movement goes from strength to strength and nowhere more so than in Philadelphia. This city currently boasts the considerable talents of The


The Mavericks: Super Colossal Smash Hits of the Nineties: The Best of the Mavericks

Arguably the Greatest Singles Band in America, the Mavericks have earned considerably less respect than they deserve in the United States, a problem, I’m


    Liza Minnelli: The Best of Liza Minnelli

Universal’s “20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection” is a budget-priced series of bare-bones greatest hits packages from some of the music giant’s biggest


    The Max Weinberg 7: self-titled

Who knew that swing music was experiencing a resurgence in popularity? Well, everyone…but that was, like, six years ago or something. Apparently, either no


The Murder City Devils: In Name and Blood

With their Technicolor blood splattering and spooky organ, the Murder City Devils come off as the bastard spawn of the Stooges, the Misfits and vintage


    Michael Marcus: Sunwheels

Stritch, saxello, straight tenor? Who does that list remind you of? Yes, Michael Marcus has wheeled out a collection of reed rarities not seen since


    Moby: Play: The B-Sides

Moby has won over critics and electronic music lovers while tirelessly touring behind Play for the last 21 months. Such an extreme amount of time in


    Joe Maphis: Fire on the Strings

TThe notes of the first tune had barely ended. Already, I was sorting through the repository of personal recollection, fanning through what some people would


Magic Slim and the Teardrops / L.V. Banks

Magic is not slim. He’s about six foot five, a little portly, and crowned with an oversize straight-brimmed hat. And he plays blues, just


    Mahogany: Dream of a Modern Day

One of the most peculiarly frustrating aspects of being either a fan or a critic of a particular group or album is liking something, even


    Maria Muldaur: Richland Woman Blues

The best place to start is with the story of how Maria Muldaur got the blues and found the inspiration for Richland Woman Blues, her 2


Russell Malone: Look Who’s Here

When he slows down, Russell Malone shows a depth and fullness in his guitar playing that is sometimes missing from his more up-tempo, flashier numbers.


Molly’s Yes: Wonderworld | PopMatters Music Review

To start this review not so intelligently, mainstream ‘80s rock kinda sucks. It is pompous, irritating, and not particularly fun. Most of the bands in


Taj Mahal: The Best of the Private Years

Taj Mahal is a extraordinary musician. His music flows between blues, boogie-woogie, rock and roll, country all mixed up with musical bits from the Carribean,


Maysa: All My Life

Possibly not a name that will be familiar to everybody, Maysa is probably best known as the lead singer of British soul/jazz/funk outfit


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