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Travis Tritt

The Storm | Category 5
Georgia-born Tritt has always been a country musician with a rock-and-roll soul, but this time he’s put the accent on “soul” as a genre.
By: TED DROZDOWSKI  |  September 05, 2007


Donovan Frankenreiter

Recycled Recipes | Lost Highway
Lost HighwaySurfer-turned-musician Donovan Frankenreiter has a sandy beard, a warm old soul voice, and a sonic signature planted firmly in the 1970s.
By: WERNER TRIESCHMANN  |  September 05, 2007



Our Love to Admire | Capitol
On their third album, NYC mood merchants Interpol don’t quite rest on the laurels of their 2004 major-label debut, Antics .
By: MIRIAM LAMEY  |  September 05, 2007


Blaqk audio

Cexcells | Interscope
Blaqk Audio is Davey Havok and Jade Puget of AFI doing an ’80s-inspired synths-and-beats version of the emo-inflected goth-rock.
By: MIKAEL WOOD  |  September 05, 2007


Bill Callahan

Woke on a Whaleheart | Drag City
When Lou Reed left the lo-fi proto-punk of the Velvet Underground behind for the polished, poetic pop of his solo albums, devotees were devastated.
By: MATT ASHARE  |  September 05, 2007


Superbad: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Teen movies have long used the funkiest black music to throw into relief the shenanigans of the nerdiest white guys.
By: CHARLES TAYLOR  |  September 05, 2007


Johnny Thunders

Who's Been Talkin? In Concert | MVD
He knew what he was singing: shortly after this concert, Thunders passed into history, leaving a tattered legacy and a messy stain.
By: JIM SULLIVAN  |  August 29, 2007


Cedric Burnside + Lightnin’ Malcolm

Juke Joint Duo | Soul Is Cheap
After a flirtation with hip-hop, R.L. Burnside’s drummer and grandson Cedric has returned to exciting, raw-boned blues.
By: TED DROZDOWSKI  |  August 29, 2007


Aesop Rock

None Shall Pass | Definitive Jux
Sometimes I don’t have one goddamn clue what misanthropic underground hip-hop king Aesop Rock is talking about.
By: RICHARD BECK  |  August 28, 2007


Mark Olson

The Salvation Blues | HackTone
The album shimmers with the sort of musical detail that keeps woe-is-me songwriting from sounding (entirely) like a pity party.
By: MIKAEL WOOD  |  August 28, 2007


Merle Haggard

The Bluegrass Sessions | McCoury Music | Working Man’s Journey | Cracker Barrel
Merle Haggard has always been a keen observer of American thought and spirit.
By: JEFF TAMARKIN  |  August 28, 2007


Editors: An End Has a Start

Like Ian McCulloch in the early ’80s, Editors singer Tom Smith sounds old before his time, preoccupied as he is with our precarious mortal coil.
By: MATT ASHARE  |  August 28, 2007


The Bongos

Drums along the Hudson | Cooking Vinyl
Twenty-five years after its initial release, this cornerstone of American ’80s post-punk/new-wave sounds both innovative and quaint.
By: TED DROZDOWSKI  |  August 20, 2007


Bad Religion

New Maps of Hell | Epitaph
But if determination = quality, then Bad Religion are one of the best punk bands in the world.
By: BRETT SINGER  |  August 20, 2007


T.I. vs. T.I.P.

T.I. | Atlantic
In 1886, it was The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde : dark versus light, yin versus yang.
By: DOMINIQUE HENDELMAN  |  August 20, 2007


Talib Kweli

Ear Drum | Warner Bros.
Ear Drum doesn’t reach the highs of that far more ambitious and sprawling album, but it’s a welcome return to form.
By: MATTHEW GASTEIER  |  August 20, 2007



† | Vice
Vice like the magazine or Vice like Miami?
By: ANDREW GRAHAM  |  August 20, 2007


VHS or Beta

Bring On the Comets | Astralwerks
The wordless, minute-long opener “Euglama,” though — that’s worth digging.
By: MIKAEL WOOD  |  August 20, 2007


Laurie Anderson

Big Science | Nonesuch
One of the most important albums of the ’80s has been re-released with two appealing extras.
By: TED DROZDOWSKI  |  August 14, 2007



Montreal | Yashitoshi
The first track of this CD establishes a taste in dance music that’s recognizably, authentically Montreal.
By: MICHAEL FREEDBERG  |  August 14, 2007


Kevin Drumm and Daniel Menche

Gauntlet | Editions Mego
At just over 28 minutes, Gauntlet might not seem all that imposing.
By: SUSANNA BOLLE  |  August 15, 2007

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