Reviews

21 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Govt Mule: High & Mighty

Today's best all-around guitar player keeps moving laterally in the move toward being a great songwriter…'til then it's still music for musicians and jam culture, though it transcends both labels.

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The Avengers 62 - Complete Set

A festive concoction of leather-clad espionage, noir, and '60s pop art kitsch.

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You have to love a band that would dub the first song on any album “Evil Knievel”, and The Mouse That Roared does just that.

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Jennifer OConnor: Over the Mountain, Across the Valley and Back to the Stars

It isn't hard to find a musician writing songs "from the heart", but how often do those songs feel genuinely heartfelt to you, and really hit you in your own heart?

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Vaux: Beyond Virtue, Beyond Vice

Going the indie route, Vaux is banking on letting listeners into their own rock/punk/emo world. And it's definitely anything but cookie-cutter.

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Marc Leclair: Musique Pour 3 Femmes Enceintes

Inspired by his wife and two of his friends' concurrent pregnancies, the work is Leclair's concept-album response to pregnancy, and it is suitably (though not entirely) developmental.

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Candi Staton: The Ultimate Gospel Collection

The great soul queen discovers god and disco... and puts them together with surprisingly good results.

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Bedroom Walls: All Good Dreamers Pass This Way

On their second album, the members of Bedroom Walls hone their dreamy indie pop and deliver a bittersweet meditation on youth and heartache.

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George Thorogood & the Destroyers

Giddyup! This one trick pony rides that bad bitch down...

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Download Festival feat. Black 47, the Wailers, Jurassic 5, the Dropkick Murphys, and 311

Welcome to Massachusetts, a place where the residents love their music, their booze, and -- above all else -- their team.

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18 Aug 2006 // 8:00 AM

Justice: Waters Of Nazareth

‘Heavy metal disco’ may be a label that causes switch-off but wait a minute, this is the same Justice from Justice vs. Simian’s “Never

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Russian Spy Camera: You Are a Vulture

This Athens, Georgia, group is the idea of Ryan White and his growing plethora of songs. As a result of this proflific streak, White has

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RobinElla: Solace for the Lonely

You don’t have to be lonely to gain solace from this album. It is enveloping, it’s baby bathwater warm, sun on your cheek,

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18 Aug 2006 // 2:00 AM

The Kickbacks: Motel Stars

Having opened for artists like Tim Easton, Robbie Fulks and Slobberbone, The Kickbacks know what Americana is all about. And they excel in that realm

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The Cincinati Reds 1975 World Series (Collectors Edition)

Sports fans, the same people who buy $2,000 tickets, $9 beers and $7 hotdogs, while encouraging their favorite team to offer their favorite player a contract that rivals the GDP of a small nation, aren't the most rational of humans.

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The Grates: Gravity Wont Get You High

Singer Patience Hodgson seems to spend as much time in the air as on the stage. It's a good image for the enthusiasm and energy of her band.

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18 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Trust the Man (2005)

Trust the Man is primarily focused on women trusting men, because the men find it nearly impossible to trust each other.

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18 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Illusionist (2006)

If The Illusionist's allegory isn't subtle, it is timely: those who seem authorities are illusionists, administering by entertainments.

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Edie Brickell & New Bohemians: Stranger Things

Stranger Things will not gather dust on your CD shelf or be consigned to the trash bin on your desktop.

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18 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Editors: Rarities

Editors try to keep the momentum up here, by repackaging a few B-sides and a track off the two-disc British limited edition version of their

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