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Review: George Michael | Faith: Remastered

Legacy (2011)
Long before he was driving into storefronts and gladhanding undercover police officers in public restrooms, George Michael was in the closet and struggling to break free from having been in the short-shorts-wearing duo Wham! Faith did the trick, despite the ready-to-pin-up cover art.
By: MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  January 27, 2011


Nucleus Torn | Andromeda Waiting

Prophecy Productions (2011)
The consistency within Nucleus Torn - the experimental brainchild of Switzerland multi-instrumentalist Fredy Schnyder - is such that nothing is predictable.
By: MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  January 19, 2011


Social Distortion | Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes

 Epitaph (2011)
There aren't many punk stalwarts who can weave a tale of being down and out quite like Mike Ness, and for the most part he's in top form on this seventh studio release from Social D.
By: MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  January 19, 2011

British Sea Power | Valhalla Dancehall

Rough Trade (2011)
It sounds as if British Sea Power were determined to shrug off those turn-of-the-millennia comparisons to Joy Division by making things harder, faster, stronger. But is it better?
By: MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  January 08, 2011


Live review: The Upper Crust and the Lights Out rock New Year’s Eve

Dropping balls at Church in the Fens
An annual tradition, local fop-rock faves the Upper Crust headlined Church's NYE festivities for a fourth straight year, but rock upstarts the Lights Out provided a healthy bit of rock of their own during 2010's last gasp.
By: MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  January 04, 2011


The Who | Live at Leeds: 40th Anniversary Super-Deluxe Collector's Edition

Universal (2010)
Nearly three decades after launching a farewell tour, the Who continue to wring out dough from their fans both live and via recorded versions of their concerts.
By: MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  November 30, 2010


Ocean Colour Scene | 21

Universal (2010)
Casual Britpop fans probably know just a few tracks by Birmingham's Ocean Colour Scene, but there might not be a purer representative of the '90s genre than this four-disc retrospective set.
By: MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  November 22, 2010


Queensrÿche | Empire: 20th Anniversary Edition

Capitol (2010)
Queensrÿche were always a bit too smart for the late-'80s hair-metal genre in which they were pigeonholed.
By: MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  November 16, 2010


Local H | Awesome Mix Tape #1

G&P (2010)
Reimagining an overplayed classic-rock radio staple always goes one of two ways: either it reaffirms your dislike for the track, or it puts a fresh spin on it.
By: MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  November 09, 2010


Elizabeth and the Catapult | The Other Side of Zero

Verve Forecast (2010)
It appears that Liz Ziman has been flirting with a busted heart.
By: MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  November 02, 2010


Soundgarden | Telephantasm

A&M Records (2010)
Aside from an unfortunate crop of John Graham art making the cover look like one of those three-wolf-moon T-shirts, Telephantasm is a solid retrospective for a Seattle metal band who got wrapped up in flannel.
By: MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  October 05, 2010


Review: Brandon Flowers | Flamingo

Island Def Jam/Vertigo (2010)
Brandon Flowers has gone on record saying he brought the songs on Flamingo to his fellow bandmates for the next Killers album and was given the brush-off.
By: MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  September 16, 2010


Street Sweeper Social Club | The Ghetto Blaster EP

SSSC/ILG (2010)
A seven-song slice of propaganda for this summer's Rock the Bells.
By: MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  August 24, 2010
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