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Duke Levine

Beneath the Blues | Loud, Loud Music
It’s an essay in tension and restraint.
By: TED DROZDOWSKI  |  February 05, 2008



Free at Last | Roc-a-Fella
The Philly native isn’t the popster they hoped he would be.
By: RICHARD BECK  |  February 05, 2008



Hate It or Love It | Disturbing tha Peace
Chingy is the second-most-famous rapper from St. Louis, but he lacks Nelly’s je ne sais quoi and has never been much of an MC.
By: BEN WESTHOFF  |  February 05, 2008


Sheryl Crow

Detours | A+M
Cohesion’s where you find it, but headphone delights are everywhere.
By: MIKAEL WOOD  |  February 05, 2008


Luther Allison

Underground | Ruf
What’s astounding about this eight-song album is that it’s just seeing daylight after 50 years on a shelf in the late blues singer/guitarist’s wife’s home.
By: TED DROZDOWSKI  |  January 28, 2008


Mike Ladd

Nostalgialator | Definitive Jux
“Fuck it, it’s a mind set,” Mike Ladd notes amid a dense verbal and aural barrage titled “Trouble Shot.”
By: ANDREW GRAHAM  |  January 28, 2008



Some People Have REAL Problems | Hear Music
Australian vocalist Sia Furler has one of the greatest potty mouths in alt-rock.
By: KEN MICALLEF  |  January 28, 2008


Ringo Starr

Liverpool 8 | Capitol
Ringo Starr has never made an album that’s less than entertaining, and there aren’t many Beatles you can say that about.
By: BRETT MILANO  |  January 28, 2008


Kate Walsh

Tim's House | Verve Forecast
Who is Kate Walsh?
By: MIKAEL WOOD  |  January 28, 2008


Sander Kleinenberg

This Is Sander Kleinenberg | Ultra
Kleinenberg’s 28 selections were made by names not well known — the classic strategy by which a DJ projects his own sound, one unmistakable for anyone else’s.
By: MICHAEL FREEDBERG  |  January 22, 2008



Lagos by Bus | Cyberset
The band are tight and fluid, and their command of far-flung languages and musical genres is sure-footed without being reverential.
By: BANNING EYRE  |  January 23, 2008


Hi-Fidel and DJ Crucial

In the Company of Wolves | F5
In the Company of Wolves is world-weary art rap of the best kind, urging that if we’re all going down, let’s at least go down swinging.
By: BEN WESTHOFF  |  January 22, 2008



Kontpag | K
It’s chaotic inside Kontpab , but a little liberating, too.
By: MIKAEL WOOD  |  January 22, 2008


North Mississippi Allstars

Hernando | Songs of the South
This time they’ve hit on a more original strain blending the slimy supercharged guitar tones of stoner rock with old-school boogie and roll.
By: TED DROZDOWSKI  |  January 22, 2008


Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Ilembe: Honoring Shaka Zula | Heads Up
It’s been two decades since Paul Simon ushered this South African a cappella group onto the world stage.
By: BANNING EYRE  |  January 14, 2008


Natalie Walker

Urban Angel | Quango
It’s all soothing, but Walker’s never too sweet.
By: KEN MICALLEF  |  January 14, 2008


Kula Shaker

Strangefolk | Cooking Vinyl
Paisley drips from the notes these British neo-transcendentalists wring from the instruments on their third album, which ends a six-year hiatus.
By: TED DROZDOWSKI  |  January 14, 2008



Meet the Eels: Essential Eels, Vol. 1: 1996–2006  | Geffen
Has Mark Oliver Everett ever tasted the agony of writer’s block?
By: MIKAEL WOOD  |  January 14, 2008



Angels of Destruction! | Yep Roc
Marah often seem on the verge of overdoing it on their sixth album.
By: MATT ASHARE  |  January 14, 2008


Of Montreal: Reissue

If He Is Protecting Our Nation, Then Who Will Protect Big Oil, Our Children | Polyvinyl
Remember back when Of Montreal couldn’t be heard in commercials for Outback Steakhouse?
By: GEORGIANA COHEN  |  January 07, 2008

Gram Parsons

Archives Vol. 1 | Amoeba
These two discs go a long way toward supporting the notion that Parsons was a pivotal player in the rise of country rock.
By: JEFF TAMARKIN  |  January 07, 2008

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