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Michael Carpenter: Baby

Michael records for The Not Lame Recording Company, a label that is renowned for power pop or Beatles-influenced pop. In recent years, this label has

Cheap Trick: Silver

Widely acknowledged (even amongst its fans) as losing the plot somewhat after its fourth LP, Dream Police, Cheap Trick (viz. Robin Zander, Rick Nielsen, Tom

Loren MazzaCane Connors: The Little Match Girl

It was late on a New Year’s Eve. The snow was falling. A little girl wandered through the streets. She had no hat and

Calliope: (in)organica

Just in time for the sweltering heat and humidity swarming across the country this summer, Calliope have given us a dose of indie pop as

Cobra Verde, Nightlife

Cobra Verde is rock and roll. We’re talking pyrotechnics, feather boas, and ridiculous backstage parties here. Lead singer John Petkovic has this sort of

Neko Case and Her Boyfriends: Furnace Room Lullaby

Furnace Room Lullaby is a rare and laudable thing—a Bloodshot album your parents and grandparents will want to borrow, and might not give back.

The Cherry Orchard: The Start of Our Affair

The Cherry Orchard’s The Start of Our Affair is one of those breezy pop records that you just want to lose yourself in forever.

Chainsaw Kittens: The All American Chainsaw Kittens

For a bunch of guys from Oklahoma, Chainsaw Kittens sure as hell sound British. Vocalist Tyson Meade shares enunciation skills with Damon Albarn, and has

The Caribbean: self-titled

In that shadowy realm of music criticism, things can sneak up on you. Some bands (and albums) walk right through the front door and hit

Jimmy Cliff: You Can Get It If You Really Want

This is the music that really made Jimmy Cliff a star. All the songs were recorded prior to 1970. A few years before audiences watched his

John Coltrane, The Classic Quartet

The Complete Impulse! Studio Recordings (Impulse!) rating: 10, review by Sarah Zupko"

Tom Chapin: In the City of Mercy

If you have small children, the name Tom Chapin may be familiar from the many albums he has recorded for kids in recent years. If

Color Me Badd: The Best of Color Me Badd

It speaks volumes that, at this historical moment, viable cred can come the title “Original Boy Band”. Throughout The Best of Color Me Badd, you

Avishai Cohen, Devotion

This is really good music. Composing 11 of the 14 tracks, bassist Avishai Cohen evidences a conceptual and aesthetic breadth that is amazing. Drawing on influences as

The Creature Comforts: The Politics of Pop

While skimming over the Creature Comforts’ press release I unearthed a few interesting nuggets on the self described “prairie rock” band that I’d never

Bill Cosby: The Best Of

Well before Cliff Huxtable provided a portrait of upper-middle class Black America in the 1980s, and the namesake of The Cosby Show began hawking Jell-O

Clare Quilty: Strong

Where has Clare Quilty been? Dancing between moody atmospherics and crunching guitars, this band should’ve been college rock favorites years ago. Of course, there’

Camper Van Beethoven: Camper Van Beethoven Is Dead - Long Live Camper Van Beethoven

If you are a Camper Van Beethoven geek, you’re gonna love this. And if you’re not, you still should buy this CD to

Mary Chapin Carpenter, Party Doll And Other Favorites

In a world in which the likes of Garth Brooks and Shania Twain dominate the country AND pop charts the folksy sound of Mary Chapin

Catch 22: Washed Up

Whatever magic caught the interest of Victory Records owner Tony Brummel enough to sign Catch 22 left the band alongside former lead singer Tomas Kalnoky. The

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