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May 2014

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Album Review: Boz Scaggs - "Memphis"

February 4, 2013
Boz Scaggs Memphis 429 Records Boz Scaggs is musically complicated. For Memphis, he brought on producer Steve Jordan (John Mayer) who also plays drums on the album, and the rest
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Album Review: Smashing Pumpkins - Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness—Deluxe Box Set

January 9, 2013
Smashing Pumpkins Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness—Deluxe Box Set Virgin Records With Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, the Smashing Pumpkins pushed the already loose boundaries of the alt-rock
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Album Review: Arbouretum - "Coming Out of the Fog"

January 9, 2013
Arbouretum Coming Out of the Fog Thrill Jockey Imagine an improbable collision of Fairport Convention, the Velvet Underground, and early Jefferson Airplane, and you’ll begin to grasp Arbouretum’s doomy folk-rock
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Album Review: Brokeback - "Brokeback and the Black Rock"

January 9, 2013
Brokeback Brokeback and the Black Rock Thrill Jockey Keeping busy with his other bands, Tortoise and Eleventh Dream Day, it’s been close to 10 years since Douglas McCombs has released
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Album Review: Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite - "Get Up!"

January 9, 2013
Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite Get Up! Stax Records For Ben Harper, the blues have always been within arm’s reach. His latest collaboration with bluesman Charlie Musselwhite, Get Up!, finally
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Album Review: Kurt Rosenwinkel - "Star of Jupiter"

December 10, 2012
For his first quartet recording in a decade (and 10th as a leader), Rosenwinkel opened his compositional floodgates for a double album full of originals.
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Album/DVD Review: Rage Against the Machine - "Rage Against the Machine - XX"

December 10, 2012
Rage Against the Machine – XX 20th Anniversary Box Set is a double-CD, double-DVD package ripe with early concert footage (where Morello uses a ‘burst LP on “Wake Up”), seven raw demos of album material, and a 2010 show in Finsbury Park, London.
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Album Review: Neil Young and Crazy Horse - "Psychedelic Pill"

December 10, 2012
Young’s latest, Psychedelic Pill, is a ferociously stubborn assertion that he has no intent to waver from his commitment to feeling, art, or for that matter, artlessness if that’s what moves him.
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Album Review: Ed Gerhard - "There and Gone"

November 5, 2012
The solo guitarist’s tunes and beautifully articulated counterpoint unfold slowly, like flower petals opening to the sunrise.
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Album Review: Vinyl Williams - "Lemniscate"

November 5, 2012
Blending ambient shoegaze, space pop, and fierce psychedelia, Williams brings tones of chaos and desperation into a beautifully presented and mystically charged work.
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