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Album Review

Royal Bangs Brass

Album Review: Royal Bangs - "Brass"

August 25, 2013
Knoxville's Royal Bangs teams up with producer/Black Keys' drummer Patrick Carney for Brass, an album that combines gritty guitar work with some deliciously fuzzy bass lines.
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North Mississippi Allstars World Boogie is Coming

Album Review: North Mississippi Allstars - "World Boogie Is Coming"

August 19, 2013
The Dickinson brothers are back with another album full of Southern-fried jams, dirty grooves, and some talk about snakes.
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Dream Theater

Album Review: Dream Theater - "Dream Theater"

August 13, 2013
Petrucci and company are back with a self-titled album that delivers a menagerie of soaring melodies, crushing riffs, and musical prowess.
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Sly and the Family Stone - "Higher!"

Album Review: Sly and the Family Stone - "Higher!"

August 5, 2013
This new box set showcases the potent, precise weavings of guitarist Freddie Stone and bassist Larry Graham.
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Superchunk - "I Hate Music"

Album Review: Superchunk - "I Hate Music"

August 3, 2013
Melodic, gorgeously thick guitar hooks reign king throughout much of the 11 tracks
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Tedeschi Trucks Band - "Made Up Mind"

Album Review: Tedeschi Trucks Band - "Made Up Mind"

July 27, 2013
There’s plenty of burning guitar throughout Made Up Mind, but first and foremost this is a band record with a heavy nod toward classic Memphis soul.
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Vince Gill and Paul Franklin - "Bakersfield"

Album Review: Vince Gill and Paul Franklin - "Bakersfield"

July 23, 2013
On "Bakersfield," Vince Gill and pedal-steel guitarist Paul Franklin pay homage to what many people consider the Golden Age of country.
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Album Review: Jane Miller - "Three Sides to a Story"

Album Review: Jane Miller - "Three Sides to a Story"

June 20, 2013
Miller ably composes her way through a spectrum of styles, including traditional-sounding jazz, peaceful folk, and quirky blues.
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Album Review: Greg Koch Band - "Plays Well with Others"

Album Review: Greg Koch Band - "Plays Well with Others"

June 11, 2013
Koch invites Joe Bonamassa, Robben Ford, and Paul Barrère to the party.
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Album Review: Black Sabbath - "13"

Album Review: Black Sabbath - "13"

June 6, 2013
Ozzy & Co.'s latest relies heavily on the sounds of their past, with flickers of hope for the future.
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Album Review: Queens of the Stone Age - "... Like Clockwork"

Album Review: Queens of the Stone Age - "... Like Clockwork"

June 3, 2013
The dark, cohesive psychedelia of "… Like Clockwork" is unmatched by any of QOTSA’s five previous recordings.
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Album Review: Alice In Chains – “The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here”

Album Review: Alice In Chains - “The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here”

May 20, 2013
AiC is back with a slower-paced, but still hard-hitting album that features some of Jerry Cantrell's most masterful playing yet.
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Album Review: Gilad Hekselman - "This Just In"

Album Review: Gilad Hekselman - "This Just In"

May 11, 2013
Hekselman not only embraces the freedom of the format, but also excels both as an improviser and composer.
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Album Review: Bart Walker - "Waiting on Daylight"

Album Review: Bart Walker - "Waiting on Daylight"

May 11, 2013
Bart Walker Waiting on Daylight Ruf Records If fat slide tones are your thing—like the sounds Duane Allman gave us in At Fillmore East—you’ll dig Bart Walker’s sophomore solo album.
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Album Review: The Dillinger Escape Plan - "One of Us is the Killer"

Album Review: The Dillinger Escape Plan - "One of Us is the Killer"

May 8, 2013
DEP’s fifth outing incorporates elements of atmospheric prog-rock and ear-relieving jazz fills to buck the musical constraints and genre rigidness rampant in the metal genre.
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Album Review: Leroy Justice - "Above the Weather"

Album Review: Leroy Justice - "Above the Weather"

April 15, 2013
Leroy Justice treads carefully into jam-band territory.
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Album Review: Cassie Taylor - "Out of My Mind"

Album Review: Cassie Taylor - "Out of My Mind"

April 15, 2013
Packed with soulful singing and blazing 6-string, Taylor’s new Out of My Mind is a mesmerizing, nuanced, and imaginatively arranged collection of blues-inflected originals.
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Album Review: Joe Satriani - "Unstoppable Momentum"

Album Review: Joe Satriani - "Unstoppable Momentum"

April 8, 2013
Not since the heyday of hearing “Satch Boogie” and “Cliffs of Dover” on the radio has instrumental guitar rock been so fun.
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Album Review: Brad Paisley - "Wheelhouse"

Album Review: Brad Paisley - "Wheelhouse"

April 3, 2013
Country shred, double-stop licks, and G-bender pulls salvage Paisley''s most pop-sounding album to date.
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Album Review: My Bloody Valentine - "mbv"

Album Review: My Bloody Valentine - "mbv"

March 11, 2013
Like a mirror to the sprawling gestation period that gave rise to mbv, notions like hooks, tempo, mix, and melody exist in their own exploded, drifting reality.
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