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Penfold: Our First Taste of Escape

Although it’s probably unintentional, there’s a small dose of irony in the title of Penfold’s first full-length release. While Our First Taste

Pearl Jam: Binaural

As one of the pioneers of the alternative rock revolution out of Seattle, Pearl Jam is also one of the only bands to survive it.

P.O.D.: The Fundamental Elements of Southtown

The video for P.O.D.‘s “Southtown” just aired on TRL Wannabees on MTV. What an appropriately titled venue for the video to appear

    Matt Piucci: Helenes

One of the more interesting sub-genres amid the heyday of college radio in the 1980s was that of the so-called, “Paisley Underground”. So dubbed due

    The Places: The Autopilot Knows You Best

Though the title of the first album from The Places (The Autopilot Knows You Best) may reference the notion of automatic travel, the gentle, sometimes

    Popland: Action!

Reviewing your friends’ and acquaintences’ CDs is often a tricky thing. It’s great when their disc turns out to be a wonderful event, but

William Parker Trio: Painter’s Spring

Bassist William Parker has become a legendary figure in certain jazz circles. He’s been a major player in the New York jazz scene since 1972

Phish: Farmhouse

Fans of Phish rush to the store, wait sometimes hours in line for the stroke of midnight, and hope Phish’s latest studio album will

The Push Kings, Far Places

Far Places is consistently superb throughout—virtually any of these songs is strong enough to be a single.

Poster Children, New World Record

Long-time college radio faves from Champaign, the Poster Children have returned to their indie roots at last, and so perhaps, for them, it is a

Puddle of Mudd: Come Clean

ONE Album of the year, my friends (not by Billboards standards. Mine). If you are enjoying the recent explosion of heavy alternative rock, like Staind,

Philosopher’s Stone, Apparatus

Drones and samples abound on Apparatus, the second album recorded by Gareth Mitchell under the name Philosopher’s Stone. The sounds are mostly guitar based

P.O.D.: Brown

P.O.D. has had an amazing run of success over the last year, thanks to their Atlantic Records contract, which spawned the album The

Phase Selector Sound: Disassemble Dub

Oh yeah—this ain’t your parents’ dub! Taking cues from forefathers like King Tubby and Horace Andy, the duo of Joshua Elrod and Craig

Augustus Pablo: The Great Pablo: A Reggae Pioneer’s Finest Recordings

By the time of his death last year at the age of 46, Augustus Pablo (born Horace Swaby) had attained global recognition as one of the

Outrider: All in a Hard Day’s Work

The question has, of course, been posed, and just about everywhere, as it would seem: does real rock and roll exist? There’s not an

    Oleander: Unwind

As a new major label rock act given the opportunity to record and release a second album, Sacramento-based Oleander is something of a rarity these

Odetta: Blues Everywhere I Go | PopMatters Music Review

Odetta is one of those older blues women who get a ridiculous amount of press over their concert events or albums, and come through with

The Olivia Tremor Control: Presents: Singles and Beyond

The cult of Brian Wilson is growing every day, and, like the rest of the Elephant 6 bands, The Olivia Tremor Control can definitely be considered

Old Time Relijun: La Sirena de Pecera

The scene: a smoky, hole-in-the-wall bar on the Mexican border, 2 pm. A wasted gringo is backed by a 60-year old mariachi band. They play to

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