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Straight Outta Compton, 20th Anniversary Edition | Ruthless/Priority
Twenty years later, Straight Outta Compton holds up better than most of the East Coast albums released around the same time.
By: BEN WESTHOFF  |  December 17, 2007


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By: PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  December 14, 2007


Bachata Roja: Acoustic Bachata from the Cabaret Era

The bachata genre comes from the Dominican Republic, and since the 1980s it has become a globally popular party music.
By: ANGELA SAWYER  |  December 10, 2007


Monster Magnet

4-Way Diablo | SPV
Now straight and sober, 18 years, six albums, and two EPs into his Monster Magnet career, Wyndorf remains that world’s absolute master.
By: TED DROZDOWSKI  |  December 10, 2007



Intoxication | Big Yard/VP
Even though he’s sold some 20 million albums, labels have kept Shaggy on a short leash over the years.
By: BEN WESTHOFF  |  December 10, 2007


Soundboy Punishments

Skull Disco
Although dubstep has been hyped by critics, the genre has yet to gain much of a popular foothold outside its UK club strongholds.
By: SUSANNA BOLLE  |  December 10, 2007


Daft Punk

Alive 2007 | Virgin
When a huge cheer goes up in recognition of “Around the World,” it’s tempting to join in at home.
By: MIKAEL WOOD  |  December 10, 2007


Kenny Chesney

Just Who I Am: Poets and Pirates | Sony
Chesney has built his sizeable country empire on selling Jimmy Buffett–like beach fantasies with guitar-fueled mid-tempo frat rock.
By: WERNER TRIESCHMANN  |  December 03, 2007


The Blind Boys of Alabama

Down in New Orleans | Time Life
The Blind Boys today are as much an American institution as a singing group, with a history that stretches through the last seven decades and every fabric of 20th-century gospel music.
By: TED DROZDOWSKI  |  December 03, 2007


Peanut Butter Wolf Presents 2K8: B-Ball Zombie War

Stones throw
Stones Throw’s latest label comp, 2K8 , celebrates the indie hip-hop imprint’s deal with 2K8 Sports, who put out all those 2K video games for Xbox and PlayStation.
By: NICK SYLVESTER  |  December 03, 2007


Fiery Furnaces

Widow City | Thrill Jockey
There’s plenty in the way of ambition on Widow City, but little substance to back it up.
By: RICHARD BECK  |  December 03, 2007


The Color Fred

Bend To Break | Equal Vision
It shouldn’t come as any surprise that Bend To Break sounds a whole lot like Foo Fighters.
By: MIKAEL WOOD  |  December 03, 2007


Marc Ribot

Asmodeus: Book of Angels Volume 7 — Marc Ribot Plays Masada Book Two | Tzadik
If you know Ribot only through his brilliant sidemanning with Burnett and Alison Krauss and Robert Plant, you don’t really know Ribot.
By: TED DROZDOWSKI  |  November 27, 2007


The Killers

Sawdust | Island
In spite of its self-depreciating title, this odds-and-sods collection of the usual B-sides lives up to some of the best material the Las Vegas foursome have delivered.
By: LAUREN CARTER  |  November 27, 2007


Dillinger Escape Plan

Ire Works | Relapse
Dillinger Escape Plan are scientists.
By: PATRICK CATES  |  November 27, 2007



Left for Dead | Shake It
Wussy’s 2005 debut, Funeral Dress (also Shake It), was loved wherever it was reviewed, but it wasn’t reviewed much.
By: FRANKLIN SOULTS  |  November 27, 2007


Gore Gore Girls

Get the Gore | Bloodshot
This Detroit-based neo-garage combo take their name from an obscure early-’70s slasher flick.
By: MIKAEL WOOD  |  November 27, 2007


The Brian Setzer Orchestra

Wolfgang’s Big Night Out | Surfdog
Sure, this is a lowdown take on uptown music, but Setzer’s standards stay elevated through all the high jinks.
By: TED DROZDOWSKI  |  November 19, 2007



Bone Palace Ballet | Equal Vision
This post-hardcore sextet get their name from three Italian filmmaker brothers best known for an ultra-campy 1988 horror flick about extraterrestrial clowns taking over Earth.
By: DAVID BOFFA  |  November 19, 2007


Dan Wilson

Free Life | American/Sony
It’s as if he were trying to impress mom while keeping the kids at bay.
By: KEN MICALLEF  |  November 19, 2007



Heresy and the Hotel Choir | Flameshovel
The third album by this affable Milwaukee quartet is their handsomest, most assured outing yet.
By: MIKAEL WOOD  |  November 19, 2007

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