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The Black Keys: Attack & Release

Dan and Patrick have decided to abandon the old blues garage for a more modernized one, but they somehow manage to retain most of the dirt and musty smell.

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Otis Taylor: Recapturing the Banjo

Many people would be surprised that the banjo's origin came from Africa, not the Appalachians. Otis Taylor, along with a cadre of fellow blues musicians, is here to remind you of that.

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Eric Clapton: Complete Clapton

The problem isn't with Eric Clapton's musical ability, it's with the sham of a title of this current collection.

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Emerson, Lake & Palmer: Welcome Back My Friends to the Show That Never Ends

Prog rock has gone the way of the 8-track. But Emerson, Lake & Palmer were at the top of the heap when it was a happening thing, and their live show was an actual treat.

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Ministry: The Last Sucker

Uncle Al is taking his Ministry moniker and riding off into the sunset, but he's not going quietly.

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Benny Goodman: The Essential Benny Goodman

A spirited romp through the archives of THE "King of Swing".

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Rush

While very few people openly admit to loving Rush these days, the packed house at the Jones Beach Theater shows that there are closet cases aplenty.

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Jethro Tull: The Best of Acoustic Jethro Tull

You remember the song "Teen Angst" by Cracker? Well, does the world need yet ANOTHER Jethro Tull compilation?

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Arcade Fire

Though we've reviewed them recently, PopMatters' Lou Friedman takes Arcade Fire on post-record release, and, in keeping with a time-honored tradition, makes a pre-mature pronouncement.

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Ian Hunter: Shrunken Heads

At the tender age of 68, Ian Hunter has not yet retreated gracefully into retirement. Who else can put out a solid mix on just his second proper studio record in 24 years?

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Primus: They Cant All Be Zingers

There is no middle ground with Primus; you either loved them or hated them. Many loved them when "alternative" was a radio format. This is a good Primus primer.

Lou Friedman
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Johnny Cash: At San Quentin

Johnny Cash had visited many penal institutions throughout his life -- sometimes as a guest, other times, an occupant. Turned out that his visit to San Quentin yielded one of the greatest country albums ever made.

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Scott H. Biram: Graveyard Shift

The Devil manifests himself in some cagey ways, musically speaking. Case in point: Scott H. Biram.

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Heartless Bastards: All This Time

No sophomore slump here. In fact, the Heartless Bastards greatly improved upon their debut, Stairs and Elevators.

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Jerry Lee Lewis: Last Man Standing

Sun Records, the IRS, alcohol, and marrying his 13-year-old second cousin had been the brunt of Jerry Lee Lewis' legacy -- until now. Here's a "duets" record that actually works completely.

Lou Friedman
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Roger Waters

Ladies & gentlemen! Presenting one of the two greatest Pink Floyd cover bands in the free world.

Lou Friedman
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Billy Joel: 12 Gardens Live

I know, another Billy Joel compilation? Live, even? Yes, but standing on its own, 12 Gardens Live is actually a very good listen.

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Los Lobos

Not only has the wolf survived; it's stronger than ever.

Lou Friedman
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Rancid

ACOUSTIC RANCID?!??? I'm so confused...

Lou Friedman
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George Thorogood & the Destroyers

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

Lou Friedman
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Steely Dan + Michael McDonald

There's no middle ground -- you either get Steely Dan, or you don't. Of course, there's always room for new recruits...

Lou Friedman
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John Fogerty + Willie Nelson

Both John Fogerty and Willie Nelson have been musically reborn, but are they better for it?

Lou Friedman
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Béla Fleck & the Flecktones

Guitar gods are a dime a dozen, but jazz-banjo deities? Of those, there can be only one.

Lou Friedman
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