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Album Review

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Temples' "Sun Structures" Album Review

February 5, 2014
This is a beautifully melancholy and sugar-sweet trip for anyone who savors lush psychedelic guitar pop.
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St. Vincent's "St. Vincent" Album Review

February 3, 2014
Throughout, Clark displays that rarest of guitar gifts: The ability to make you stop in your tracks every 30 seconds and mutter, “What the eff was that?”
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Matt Schofield "Far As I Can See" Album Review

January 6, 2014
For fans of the more sophisticated blues/rock of players like Robben Ford and Scott Henderson, Schofield is worthy of standing shoulder to shoulder with the best of the genre.
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The Allman Brothers' "Play All Night: Live at the Beacon Theatre 1992" Album Review

January 6, 2014
This live batch is a force of groove and attitude that you won’t find on the band's other live recordings.
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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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Michael Bloomfield's "From His Head to His Heart to His Hands" CD/DVD Box Set Review

December 8, 2013
Essential for Bloomfield freaks, Head, Heart, Hands will also move anyone fascinated with the collision of rock, blues, and folk music in the turbulent 1960s.
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Neil Young's "Live at the Cellar Door" Album Review

December 5, 2013
Young's songs stripped bare reveal a songwriter at his height.
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Mogwai's "Rave Tapes" Album Review

December 1, 2013
The group’s sophomore effort for Sub Pop goes deep into sonic space.
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Rush's "Clockwork Angels Tour" CD/DVD Review

November 27, 2013
A nine-piece string ensemble joins the group on the Clockwork material, as well as on a few older Rush chestnuts (“YYZ” and “Red Sector A”).
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Eric Clapton's "Give Me Strength: The 1974 / 1975 Recordings" Album Review

November 12, 2013
Give Me Strength is aimed directly at Clapton fans that collect every note Slowhand has ever played.
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Mark Orton's "Music from the Motion Picture Nebraska" Album Review

November 10, 2013
Orton's haunting guitar-driven tunes that are sprinkled with dobro, violin, accordion, and other antique instruments have a gorgeously melancholy nature about them.
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Alvin Lee's "The Last Show" Album Review

November 9, 2013
Beyond the obvious historical significance of his last gig, the music is spectacular.
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Joe Bonamassa's "Tour de Force: Live in London" DVD Review

November 8, 2013
The expansive DVD package comes with roughly 13 hours of footage including four different shows, with four different band configurations, using four different setlists in four separate venues around London.
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Pete Anderson's "Birds Above Guitarland" Album Review

November 3, 2013
Armed with a thinline, Bigsby-equipped archtop, Anderson lays down slapback-drenched phrase that reference T-Bone Walker, Lonnie Johnson, and Wayne Bennett.
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Album Review: Red Fang's "Whales and Leeches"

October 13, 2013
Whales and Leeches is proof that the Portland quartet has successfully grown well beyond its modern-sludge-meets-ZZ-Top roots.
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Arthur Channel's "Arthur Channel" Album Review

October 12, 2013
Arthur Channel is replete with tremulous verses, soaring choruses, ambient guitars, and dashes of discord.
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Melvins' "Tres Cabrones" Album Review

October 10, 2013
On Tres Cabrones—the 19th studio album from Melvins—the band returns to their old-school punk roots.
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Pearl Jam's "Lightning Bolt" Album Review

October 8, 2013
With several standout tunes and cohesive songwriting, Lightning Bolt is the band’s most focused record in more than a decade.


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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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