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P.J. Perry: P.J. Perry and the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra

Almost never less than entertaining, this album presents saxophonist Perry and the Edmonton Orchestra in a combination of jazz, classical, and pop (in the sense

The Pietasters: Awesome Mix Tape #6

It’s tempting to call the Pietasters the saviors of American third-wave ska, but the fact is they may really just be its sole survivors.

Presence: All Systems Gone

All Systems Gone is truly an incredible album. My first impression was of a slightly more carefree version of Portishead, with maybe a little bit of Seal thrown in to boot.

Pulp: We Love Life

Jarvis Cocker and company have never shied away from making grand statements, and We Love Life, Pulp’s latest album, is no exception. Rather than

Plumtree: This Day Won’t Last at All

Ahh, youth and pop. Footless and fetterless…the gawky yet infectious insouciance. That defined Plumtree a few years ago: An energetic first single and later

Pillbox: Gimme What I Want

Pillbox is a UK-based indie rock band created solely by Los Angeles native Susan Hyatt, a very bizarre individual indeed. It’s not Susan’s

Pole: 3

We all know music can become white noise; a radio or CD on an extremely low volume is just enough to take the creepy sterile silence out of the air. But can white noise become music?

Michael Peterson, Being Human

The country music industry is about ready for the same type of change that Noir brought to Hollywood. Michael Peterson is not, however, leading the

Rahsaan Patterson: Love in Stereo

Rahsaan Patterson is no more distinguishable from the cabal of similarly sounding R&B acts that proliferate today. He sounds sort of like Stevie

    Cecil Payne: Chick Boom - Live at the Jazz Showcase

This is the type of mainstream, straight-ahead jazz that is apparently selling well in the wake of Ken Burns’ “controversial” history of the subject. Lively,

    Palace of Oranges: Prepare to Greet a Guest

From the very beginning of Prepare to Greet a Guest, Palace of Oranges reveals an intense amount of energy. Guitar-heavy without being loud, Palace of

Prince, The Vault: Old Friends 4 Sale

Just when you least expected it, Prince, of all people, has reemerged on the music scene. First, it was announced that The Artist had signed

Primal Scream: Exterminator

Radical critiques of American foreign policy with a good beat that you can dance to are few and far between. When it comes to the

Kendall Payne, Jordan’s Sister

The experience of playing Kendall Payne’s Jordan’s Sister is like listening to a really great cover band. It is as if Payne had

Peglegasus, Tired of Adventures

It’s worth unpacking this Austin-based band’s odd name because it gives some insight into their situation. Like all indie bands, they’re crippled

Penny’s Pet Dragonfly: In a Frail Daydream

Penny’s Pet Dragonfly are from Las Vegas. A reserved modern rock band coming out of the city where anything goes? Might seem like a

Joel RL Phelps: Blackbird

OK, so it snowed. A lot. But the snow itself is not the problem. You know what the problem is? Meteorologists. If the stupid meteorologists

Pinkie: My Little Experiment

Heartbreak, loneliness, feeling like an outcast in society . . . these themes have no doubt filled a near-infinite number of recorded minutes, from the first days of

Paxton: Ginger’s Dish

Ah, the joys of “alternative” pop/rock. The endless counting off of variations on what remains, really, less than a handful of themes. The reason

Perez Prado: Coleccion de Oro

These are the original irresistible, propulsive mambos that earned Perez Prado his crown as “The King of Mambo.” The first track here is the first

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