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John Butler Trio's "Flesh and Blood" Album Review

December 30, 2013
It may be his best guitar record yet, and the specialness lies in that it isn’t only that.
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Badi Assad's "Between Love and Luck" Album Review

December 24, 2013
After disappearing for nearly a decade, the Brazilian force-of-nature that is Badi Assad is back with a magical blend of supple grooves, virtuosic nylon-string fingerpicking, and sensual vocals.
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Album Review: Deap Valley's "Sistrionix"

September 20, 2013
Angry, dirty, blues-rock through the fuzz of a woman scorned.
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Album Review: Earl Klugh - "HandPicked"

August 18, 2013
On HandPicked, Klugh sticks with mainly pop and jazz standards and doesn't fall into the trap of over-arranging tunes to the detriment of melodies.
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Album Review: Jimi Hendrix - "People, Hell and Angels"

February 15, 2013
While "People, Hell and Angels" isn’t a great album—meaning it lacks the coherent sound, vision, and vibe of, say, "Axis: Bold as Love"—it’s packed with magnificent guitar.
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Album Review: Ivan & Alyosha - "All the Times We Had"

February 4, 2013
Ivan & Alyosha All the Times We Had Missing Piece/Dualtone Music Group Probably best known for hometown hero Jimi Hendrix and the birthplace of a particular music movement that got
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Album Review: Robben Ford - "Bringing It Back Home"

February 4, 2013
Robben Ford Brining It Back Home Mascot Label Group Over the course of his 40-plus year career, Robben Ford has survived within a niche that is just jazzy enough for
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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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Album Review: Aerosmith - "Music From Another Dimension"

November 5, 2012
Aerosmith walks the line between pleasing those who long for the band’s ’70s sound and fans who first heard them blasting ‘90s pop ballads on a soundtrack.
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Album Review: Deftones - "Koi No Yokan"

November 5, 2012
Seven albums in, the mixing and mashing continues on Koi No Yokan.
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Album Review: Kaki King - "Glow"

October 15, 2012
Kaki King Glow Velour Music Group Groundbreaking solo fingerstylist, darling of the indie-rock world, or both? While both camps can be protective of who they consider “theirs,” Kaki King
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