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New York Dolls | Dancing Backwards in High Heels
The new New York Dolls have now been around longer - and released more albums (three) - than the old New York Dolls, and they're commemorating that new longevity by letting go of any compulsion they may have still harbored to honor their designation as "punk-rock progenitors."
| March 17, 2011
Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears | Scandalous
Lost Highway (2011)
The soul revival has been going on long enough now that maybe it's a not a bad idea to stop calling it a revival at all.
| March 09, 2011
Bryan Ferry | Olympia
From the Kate Moss cover pic to the A-list of guest stars to the reunion with original Roxy Music members Brian Eno, Phil Manzanera, and Andy Mackay, Olympia screams, "EVENT!"
| October 19, 2010
Old 97's | The Grand Theatre
New West (2010)
When Old 97's are on — which they are most of the time on their eighth studio album — they're very, very on.
| October 12, 2010
Dar Williams | Many Great Companions
Razor & Tie (2010)
The companions of the title are Dar Williams's songs, which the singer-songwriter revisits here two different ways.
| October 05, 2010
KT Tunstall | Tiger Suit
The KT Tunstall of Tiger Suit is tougher, louder, and more electronically endowed than the KT Tunstall of its poppy predecessor, 2007's Drastic Fantastic , and Eye to the Telescope three years before that.
| September 22, 2010
Review: Justin Townes Earle | Harlem River Blues
On this his third album, Justin Townes Earle is determined to shoo away any lingering apple-doesn't-fall-far-from-tree comparisons.
| September 07, 2010
The Dandy Warhols | The Capitol Years: 1995-2007
There's some irony in the generic title of this 15-track retrospective, given that the Dandy Warhols' relationship with the label got off to a rocky start, Capitol rejecting what would have been the band's first release for the major and sending them back to the studio.
| August 18, 2010
Tom Jones | Praise and Blame
Lost Highway (2010)
Is it possible that Tom Jones, at age 70, is only now using everything he's got to his best advantage?
| July 28, 2010
The Robert Cray Band | Cookin' in Mobile
Thirty years into his recording career, the biggest question surrounding Robert Cray is no longer whether he's an honest-to-goodness bluesman or a slick interloper but whether he's got anything new to offer.
| July 20, 2010
Peter Parcek | The Mathematics Of Love
Blues musicians have been recycling the same ol' same for so long that it's easy to forget just how exciting blues can be. Guitarslinger/singer Peter Parcek's thrill-a-minute The Mathematics of Love is a reminder of that.
| July 01, 2010
Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings | I Learned The Hard Way
Just to prove how serious they are about their commitment to retro soul, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings recorded I Learned the Hard Way using an eight-track Ampex tape machine, the kind their heroes and heroines in Memphis and Muscle Shoals might have employed back in the day.
| March 30, 2010
Joan Armatrading | This Charming Life
Joan Armatrading’s previous album just didn’t feel right. This Charming Life is more like it.
| March 23, 2010
Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars | Rise & Shine
Although their music stands on its own, the backstory can't help but give it a deeper perspective.
| March 16, 2010
Miles Davis | The Complete Columbia Album Collection
Given the consensus that the CD era is drawing to a close, labels have begun to look increasingly toward the well-heeled — those who not only still buy their music on something they can hold but aren't averse to buying it in supersized, extravagant configurations they can show off and savor.
| December 09, 2009
Tom Waits | Glitter and Doom Live
Arriving five years after his last release of new material, and two after the three-disc Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers & Bastards box of outtakes and oddities, this live set culled from assorted 2008 gigs could be seen as a time marker.
| November 17, 2009
Rosanne Cash | The List
In 1973, when she was an 18-year-old rock fan, Rosanne Cash's dad gave her a list of songs he felt she should know — mostly country, all falling under the current banner Americana. She held onto that list, and now she's recorded a dozen tunes from it.
| September 28, 2009
Review: Bebel Gilberto | All In One
There couldn’t be a more apropos title than the one Bebel Gilberto has given her fourth album.
| September 24, 2009
George Thorogood | The Dirty Dozen
Before you press PLAY, you know what you're going to get on The Dirty Dozen : music to drink lots of beer by.
| July 22, 2009
Son Volt | American Central Dust
With American Central Dust , Jay Farrar has now accomplished something he was unable to do either during Son Volt's initial run (1995-99) or his evidently aborted solo career (2001-04): released three consecutive albums of undeniable quality.
| July 15, 2009
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| March 24, 2013 at 11:09 AM
Mo Takes His Turn
March 21, 2013 at 12:59 PM
[Q&A] KMFDM's Sascha Konietzko on art, Columbine and having balls
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| March 18, 2013 at 3:22 PM
See this film series: The Belmont World Film Series @ Studio Cinema in Belmont
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| March 18, 2013 at 11:00 AM
See this film: This is Spinal Tap [with post-film talk by expert from Acoustical Society of America] @ the Coolidge
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