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    Santana: The Best of Santana: Volume 2

In view of Carlos Santana’s Grammy heist with Supernatural (1999), it’s not surprising that his former label (Columbia) should have scurried to put out

    Nikki Sudden: The Last Bandit

Ragged glory. It’s a quality that dwells in artists who are able to filter out the superficial clutter of much of rock and pop

Starmarket: Four Hours Light

Starmarket’s previous album, Sunday’s Worst Enemy, was a pleasant enough collection of melodic, punky-yet emo-diseased rock. Since then, the band has become a

    Bob Schneider: Lonelyland

It’s no mistake that Bob Schneider’s debut album Lonelyland seems a bit of a scattered mess: at first listen, it appears the Austin-based

    Superscope: “Girls Smile” b/w “Girls Talk”

“Who is Rueben Kincaide?” asks the inner sleeve to Australia’s Superscope “Girls Smile” single. A better question would be “Who is Superscope?” Apparently they’

Sam Prekop

Already loaded with indie cred from his work in the Sea and Cake, Sam Prekop teams with indie buds Jim O’Rourke (Gastr Del Sol),

Joanne Shenandoah: Peacemaker’s Journey

Joanne Shenandoah is a marvel. Chosen as the best female artist for two years running at the Native American Music Awards and winner of numerous

Chris Smither: Live as I’ll Ever Be

“Hearing is letting it happen,To listen’s a work of will.” —(“Small Revelation,” Chris Smither) The fact that reknown folksinger Eric Von Schmidt painted

    Otis Spann: Last Call: Live at the Boston Teaparty – April 2nd, 1970

The lost tapes found! Spann’s Last Call, is, well, Spann’s last call, the sign from the bar telling you 15 minutes to go. Last

Seely: Winter Birds

Would anyone in the rock biz for self expression intentionally make background music? Atlanta band Seely are clearly serious about what they do. But still,

Sin Ropas: Three Cherries

There’s no underestimating how important it is to find the right soundtrack to cooking spaghetti, or any food, for that matter. You find yourself

    Shaver: The Earth Rolls On

It is doubtful there is anyone in music that has gone through life’s emotional wringer as much as Billy Joe Shaver in recent years.

    The Spin Doctors: Just Go Ahead Now: A Retrospective

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Sarge: Distant

Bands break up all the time, in all sorts of ways and for all sorts of reasons. I like when bands break up loudly: when

SNFU: The Ping Pong EP

Serious hilarity, energy, longevity…that pretty well sums up SNFU. These guys have been mainstays on the punk scene since the early 1980s, and they

    The Soft Set: self-titled

The Soft Set have one of the best songs of the year on this latest, self-titled disc. On “Record On”, the Set sing “Stayin’ up

The Strawmen: Saving Faded Dreams

Melodic jangle pop is hard to do well, but the Strawmen manage that feat time and again on their latest release, Saving Faded Dreams. This

    The Strawberry Smell: Odorama

WWithout going down the usual list of current pop acts from France, let me just say that The Strawberry Smell have indeed created something that

    Adrian Shaw: Head Cleaner

Head Cleaner is the latest solo venture by Ade Shaw, the ex-Hawkwind and current Bevis Frond bassist. Although he wrote and produced the album and

The Small Faces: The BBC Sessions

Aside from the Beatles, the Small Faces may well have been the finest band of the 1960s—at least in the eyes of many fellow

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