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Album Review

CD Review: Johnny Cash - "Bootleg, Volume 2: From Memphis to Hollywood"

February 15, 2011
Bootleg, Volume 2: From Memphis to Hollywood takes you back to the ’50s and ’60s, when Cash lived in the studio.
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CD and DVD Review: Jeff Beck - "Jeff Beck's Rock 'n' Roll Party: Honoring Les Paul"

February 15, 2011
Jeff Beck’s latest release, Rock ’n’ Roll Party, is just that—a loud, fun-filled celebration of the music, life, and legacy of Beck’s biggest influence, Les Paul.
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CD Review: Tommy Emmanuel, C.G.P. - "Little by Little"

February 15, 2011
Little by Little is an ambitious double album full of everything from delicate Beatles-inspired fingerpicking to the barn-burning instrumentals that have become a cornerstone of Tommy Emmanuel''s live shows.
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CD Review: Motörhead - "The World Is Yours"

February 15, 2011
Motörhead''s latest is a tough and ballsy biker record that sticks to the Motörhead formula but with a renewed sense of vitality and mean intensity.
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CD Review: Mr. Big - "What If"

February 15, 2011
The classic Mr. Big line up reunites after a sixteen year hiatus with an energetic album of new songs.
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DVD Review: Frank Zappa "The Torture Never Stops"

February 8, 2011
Zappa’s acerbic humor and his band’s white-knuckle musicianship are both well served by the visual medium of a concert DVD.
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CD Review: Bob Marley & the Wailers - "Live Forever: The Stanley Theatre, PIttsburgh, PA, September 23, 1980"

January 17, 2011
Recently released for the first time, Live Forever is a two-disc set that documents Bob Marley’s last concert before cancer took his life eight months later.
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CD Review: Jinx Jones - "Rip and Run"

January 17, 2011
Jinx Jones Rip and Run Jinx Jones If you’re into rockabilly and honky-tonk, you already know it can be pretty tough to track down new albums with a satisfying, authentic
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CD Review: Purling Hiss - "Hissteria"

January 17, 2011
Hissteria is brimming with Motor City riffery fished from a murky pond polluted by the melted vinyl of old Stooges, Alice Cooper, and Bob Seger System LPs.
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CD Review: Harvey Reid - "Capo Voodoo: Solo Guitar"

January 17, 2011
Featuring 6- and 12-string acoustic guitar, resonator slide, mandolin, 6-string banjo, autoharp, and other stringed instruments, these collections offer stirring interpretations of folk ballads, Delta blues, sea shanties, Celtic tunes, ragtime, bluegrass, and classical music.
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CD Review: Group Inerane - "Guitars From Agadez, Vol. 3"

December 21, 2010
Guitars from Agadez Vol. 3 is essentially a field recording of a band making supremely intense, imaginative, and original guitar music in the face of no-joke, real-world adversity.
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CD Review: Pierre Bensusan - "Vividly"

December 21, 2010
On Vividly, Pierre Bensusan defends his title as the all-time king of DADGAD tuning.
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CD Review: Social Distortion - "Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes"

December 21, 2010
For the avid Social Distortion listener, most of the tried-and-true elements are still there—gritty guitars through overdriven tube amps, Ness’ storytelling lyrics, and high-octane rhythms—but they’re more refined and polished.
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CD Review: Joanne Shaw Taylor - "Diamonds in the Dirt"

December 21, 2010
With her second album, Diamonds in the Dirt, Taylor brings a new authority to her playing, songwriting, and smoky vocals.
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CD Review: Duran Duran - "All You Need Is Now"

December 21, 2010
All You Need Is Now is a return to the sound that put the band on the New Wave map.
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CD Review: Jimi Hendrix - "West Coast Seattle Boy - The Jimi Hendrix Anthology

November 16, 2010
A deep collection of Hendrix alternate takes, early sideman work, studio jams, and live recordings.
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CD Review: Eric Johnson - "Up Close"

November 16, 2010
More of what you love from Eric Johnson
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CD Review: Grinderman - "Grinderman II"

November 16, 2010
Nick Cave''s Grinderman''s latest has an extra helping of sinister savagery
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CD Review: Los Lonely Boys - "Keep on Giving: Acoustic Live!"

October 20, 2010
Los Lonely Boys deliver a different flavor of their "Texican" music
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