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Saturday, December 31 1994

    Ronan Keating: Ronan

TThere are a number of artists about these days with voices so unmistakable it can take but a breath for them to be identified. Some

Kitty in the Tree: Hello Kitty

The back cover of this CD has a huge stage with lights that spell out “KITTY” in a manner that apes the “KISS” logo that

The Kinks: Whistle Bait - Something Else

Despite having one of the longest and most prolific careers of any rock ‘n’ roll band, the Kinks remain best known in America for their

Kula Shaker, Peasants, Pigs, and Astronauts

I always have two CDs that stand out for each season. Its sort of a ying-yang thing. One CD represents the love, mystical experiences and

Kansas: Somewhere to Elsewhere

In its early days of popular success the band Kansas was often ridiculed by critics who found its home-grown electicism pretentious. Nevertheless the band enjoyed

    Kandi: Hey Kandi

It is just possible that Kandi Burris is the most significant lyricist on the pop scene at the moment. Not the best, certainly not the

Habib Koite & Bamada: Muso Ko

If you were alive during the ‘80s, or have ever watched VH1 for more than say, 20 consecutive minutes, you’ve probably seen the video for

Knodel: The White Hole

A ball of energy akin to Bodoi from Solarbabies, Knodel literally have the power to conquer weak-minded individuals and corrode their half-functioning brains into little

    Nikolo Kotzev: Nikolo Kotzev’s Nostradamus

I’ll admit that I’ve watched as many awful TV freakout specials about Nostradamus as the next person. I’ll also confess to a

Kid Koala: Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Turntablists have pumped out a dizzying number of recordings that proclaim the return of the DJ with all the understated nuance of a John Bonham

    Mary Karlzen: Dim the Watershed

Ms. Karlzen is a major label casualty of the pre-Seagrams-dominated record company era. You could rewrite what Lennon wrote and say that women are the

B.B. King and Eric Clapton: Riding with the King

You can’t really go wrong by opening up any record with John Hiatt’s “Ridin with the King.” Any album that might open this

Kid Rock: The History of Rock

On “Pimp of the Nation,” released on the maxi-single Your Moma Presents Kid Rock, Detroit rapper cum rawk star Kid Rock switched up Funkadelic’s “

    Killing Heidi: Reflector

Aussie newcomer Killing Heidi is clearly a band of extraordinary extremes—not to mention talent. Teen singer Ella Hooper’s sublime vocals combine spectacularly with

Mark Kozelek: Rock ‘N’ Roll Singer

I’ve always been bit put off of folksingers. Let me qualify that: I’ve always been suspicious of their straight-faced earnestness. I’ve alway

Kina: self-titled

Okay, so maybe it wasn’t fair that I was surfing the web the first time I listened to the debut album from Kina. But,

Femi Kuti: Shoki Shoki

On the remarkable Shoki Shoki, Femi not only lives up to Fela’s legacy, but also develops his own distinctive version of Afrobeat.

King Crimson: ConstruKCtion of Light

I absolutely love King Crimson. But, a caveat, I am not one of those homebrewer-types who keeps all his prog-rock CDs organized by release date

The Killingtons: self-titled

Okay, prepare for a bit of rock-critic sermonizing. Ready? Good. Over the last few years, I’ve noticed a lot of good middle-of-the-road rock being

    Tim David Kelly: Growing Up Naked

I think I’m suffering from a little known malady presumably confined to music critics. Unofficially labelled Press Bio Fatigue, or in short PBF, it

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