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Album Review

Album Review: Dwight Yoakam - "3 Pears"

October 8, 2012
Dwight Yoakam 3 Pears Warner Bros. It’s been seven years since Mr. Yoakam’s last studio release, and he’s enlisted the help of Beck for two tracks (“A Heart Like Mine,”
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Album Review: The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band - "Between the Ditches"

September 6, 2012
As a guitarist, the Rev. has done his homework covering all the bases from Patton to Johnson.
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Album Review: Jens Lekman - "I Know What Love Isn't"

September 6, 2012
Mostly acoustic-backed, sample-rich tunes are full of super-catchy hooks that partner well with his honest and interesting lyrics
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Album Review: Down - "Down IV Part One - The Purple EP"

September 6, 2012
Southern broasted, neck-snapping riffs, power-meets-sludge metal grooves, and Anselmo’s signature gravelly, dynamic vocals.
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Album Review: Kelly Joe Phelps - "Brother Sinner & the Whale"

September 6, 2012
On Brother Sinner & the Whale, KJP sings about loss and redemption using lyrics inspired by the Bible’s Book of Jonah.
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Album Review: Alberta Cross - "Songs of Patience"

September 6, 2012
Brimming with bittersweetness and fraught with vocal hooks that walk the line between existential Americana and ethereal classic rock
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Album Review: Jimmy Herring - "Subject to Change Without Notice"

August 10, 2012
A snapshot of a stylistically unmatched guitar giant who not only has chops galore, but knows when to take his foot off the gas and tug on your heartstrings with tone and taste.
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Album Review: Jon Spencer Blues Explosion - "Meat and Bone"

August 10, 2012
Blending a stew of punk, blues, twang, noise, rock, indie, and plenty more, the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion is back after an eight-year hiatus.
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Album Review: Six Organs of Admittance

August 10, 2012
Recorded with engineer Tim Green and Chasny’s cohorts from Comets on Fire, the album resurrects a project that began 10 years ago as Electric Six Organs.
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Album Review: Pat Metheny - "Unity Band"

July 9, 2012
Pat Metheny Unity Band Nonesuch Records Over the course of a 30-plus year career, Pat Metheny has experimented with every possible combination of instruments you could think of. With his
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Album Review: Royal Southern Brotherhood - "Royal Southern Brotherhood"

July 9, 2012
Royal Southern Brotherhood Royal Southern Brotherhood Ruf Records What a cool union! Two musical lineages intertwine in RSB, a new quintet headed by the mighty Cyril Neville. As a member
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Album Review: Baroness - "Yellow & Green"

July 9, 2012
Baroness Yellow & Green Relapse Records Baroness believes in Darwinism. The Southern metal band’s 2007 Red Album was a raw, chest-pounding, bruising debut, whereas 2010’s Blue Record evolved into a
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Album Review: Rush - "Clockwork Angels"

June 20, 2012
Clockwork Angels may very well be the band’s best studio effort since 1982’s Signals.
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Album Review: Sonny Landreth - "Elemental Journey"

June 8, 2012
Landreth ventures into new territory with "Elemental Journey," an all-instrumental affair with 11 Landreth originals.
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Album Review: Grace Potter & the Nocturnals - "The Lion The Beast The Beat"

June 8, 2012
A full range of foot-stompers, piercing hooks, and driving melody
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Film Review: The Punch Brothers - "How to Grow a Band"

June 8, 2012
"How to Grow a Band" reveals the journey that mandolinist Chris Thile took after Nickel Creek imploded under its own weight.
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Album Review: Rory Block - "I Belong to the Band: A Tribute to Rev. Gary Davis"

June 8, 2012
I Belong to the Band is the fourth CD in Rory Block’s “Mentor Series” of recordings, in which she pays tribute to great blues guitarists that she studied in her youth.
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Album Review: M. Ward - "A Wasteland Companion"

May 11, 2012
"A Wasteland Companion" adds another layer to Ward’s catalog of melancholy, gospel-folk upon which he’s crafted a signature sound.
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Album Review: Anders Osborne - "Black Eye Galaxy"

May 11, 2012
Much like the eats you’d find down on Bourbon Street, the music of New Orleans draws from a smorgasbord of influences.
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Album Review: Ned Evett - "Treehouse"

April 6, 2012
Roadhouse boogie, amped-up folk-blues, and swampy ballads on—get this—fretless electric, flattop, and resonator guitars.
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