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CD Review: Allen Toussaint, “The Bright Mississippi”

If I were Allen Toussaint, I’d have taken a decade’s hiatus from making solo records, too. While the great New Orleans...

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DVD Review: “The Hold Steady: A Positive Rage”

“There are so many of these indie-rock shows that you go to that are so joyless. I just want people to feel this joy and celebratory...

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CD Review: Doves, “Kingdom of Rust”

When I first heard that the new Doves album, Kingdom Of Rust, hearkened more toward their first album, Lost Souls (2000), than their most...

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CD Review: Dan Auerbach, “Keep It Hid”

As the frontman for blues rock duo the Black Keys, Dan Auerbach is known for his raw, powerful rock ‘n’ roll songwriting and...

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CD Review: Kelly Clarkson, “All I Ever Wanted”

I still feel bad about Kelly Clarkson. Weird, no? All I Ever Wanted has been out awhile now, the first single, “My Life Would Suck...

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CD Review: Silversun Pickups, “Swoon”

In “There’s No Secrets this Year,” the first song on Swoon, the Silversun Pickups come out swinging for the fences. ...

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How Bad Can It Be?: “Oh Happy Day: An All-Star Music Celebration”

Rock ‘n’ roll and Gospel music have a long and contentious history, traditionally operating at odds to one another; and while...

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CD Review: Leonard Cohen, “Live in London”

The definition of “cool” is a very amorphous thing. Basically, it depends on who’s doing the defining. One thing that a...

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CD Review: Queensryche, “American Soldier”

It’s not that I wanted to hate the new Queensrÿche album, American Soldier. I never approach a new record with the desire to...

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CD Review: Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears, “Tell ‘Em What Your Name Is”

Do you like those smooth soul ballads? Maybe you like to kick back with your lady, or man, and chill out with the lights low, and the...

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CD Review: The Decemberists, “The Hazards of Love”

The Hazards of Love (Capitol Records), the fifth Decemberists album, is a romantic fairy tale, albeit one with some extremely dark...

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CD Review: Neko Case, “Middle Cyclone”

On her latest release, fiery-haired singer-songwriter Neko Case lightens the tone, musically, while trekking into deeper territory,...

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CD Review: Indigo Girls, “Poseidon and the Bitter Bug”

Indigo Girls – Poseidon and the Bitter Bug (2009, Vanguard) Purchase this album (Amazon) To a 19-year-old roiling with existential...

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CD Review: Paul Steel, “Moon Rock”

Some things just don’t go quite the way they’re planned. For instance, I was supposed to be over the moon and in love with...

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CD Review: Various Artists, “The Coolest Songs in the World! Vol. 8”

Various Artists – The Coolest Songs in the World! Vol. 8 (2009, Wicked Cool) Purchase this album (Amazon) Let us now praise famous...

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CD Review: Buddy and Julie Miller, “Written in Chalk”

It certainly wouldn’t be accurate to say that Buddy and Julie Miller have bad luck. After all, each of them has had wonderful career...

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CD Review: Various Artists, “Dark Was the Night” and “War Child Presents Heroes”

It’s no secret that tribute albums and charity compilations can be hit-or-miss affairs at best. In the case of the latter, all you...

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CD Review: Lelia Broussard, “Waiting on the 9”

Lelia Broussard – Waiting on the 9 (self-released, 2008) purchase this album (Amie Street) I’m pretty sure I have t-shirts that...

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CD Review: Various Artists, “New Arrivals Vol. 3”

Various Artists – New Arrivals Vol. 3: Artists for Eating Disorders Awareness (2008, MPress) purchase this album (CD Baby) The MPress...

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CD Review: Ian McLagan & the Bump Band, “Never Say Never”

I’m not much of a believer in band reunions — they seldom result in any output that actually improves the band’s legacy,...

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CD Review: Simon & Garfunkel, “Live 1969”

Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel gave the world something that has never been fully recognized, I think. Now, I enjoy folk music and several of...

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CD Review: Coconut Records, “Davy”

Too many actors turned “musicians” simply stumble through albums without much creativity or passion, depending on the fame and...

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CD Review: The Revelations featuring Tre Williams, “Deep Soul”

I love soul music in each and every one of its glorious permutations, so it’s been gratifying for me to listen as a new generation of...

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CD Review: Heartless Bastards, “The Mountain”

Erika Wennerstrom is a genuine force of nature. If you’re hearing her voice for the first time, you quickly realize that it qualifies...

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CD Review: Lily Allen, “It’s Not Me, It’s You”

Lily Allen – It’s Not Me, It’s You (2009, Capitol) purchase this album (Amazon) When you weigh Lily Allen‘s...

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CD Review: Steve Martin, “The Crow: New Songs for the Five-String Banjo”

If, upon hearing the news that Steve Martin has a banjo album, you have an image of Martin in overalls and a straw hat displaying a...

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CD Review: The Bee Gees, “Odessa” (40th Anniversary Edition)

F. Scott Fitzgerald once famously declared that there are no second acts in American lives. It’s a good thing that the Bee Gees...

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CD Review: Yes, “Symphonic Live”

Yes – Symphonic Live (2009, Eagle Records) purchase this album (Amazon) It’s hard for me to judge the music of Yes in any...

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CD Review: Frank Sinatra, “From the Heart”

Frank Sinatra – From the Heart (2009, Legacy) purchase this album (Amazon) Valentine’s Day – depending on your walk of...

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CD Review: A.C. Newman, “Get Guilty”

A.C. Newman – Get Guilty (2009, Matador) purchase this CD (Amazon) Get Guilty, the second solo effort from New Pornographers...