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Listening Booth: Mark Knopfler, “Good On You Son”

Mark Knopfler returns to form on "Good On You Son" ...

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Listening Booth: The Successful Failures, Beki Hemingway, Squeeze, and Deliverance

Four albums, four winners. Today is a good day....

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Listening Booth: Threshold, Gizmodrome, and Kat Myers & the Buzzards

Three very different types of recordings, yet connected in an abstract way....

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Listening Booth: Matthew O’Neill, Coke Belda, Steven Wilson, Etc.

Every time I am about to write off this bit of malarkey we call “Americana,” something pulls me from the brink. Don’t...

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Listening Booth: Levi Thomas, “The Fear”

West Coast psych-folk crooner Levi Thomas is preparing his debut solo album, Billie, later this year....

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Listening Booth: Harry Styles, “Sign of the Times”

New solo track endears itself to older listeners without chasing off the fans....

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Listening Booth: Deep Purple, “Time for Bedlam”

New song suffers from old problems....

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Listening Booth: K. Adem; The Deafening Colors

Two new releases prove the indie pop sound is where the action's at....

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Listening Booth: Mark Knopfler, “Tracker”

"Tracker" takes us on a slow journey across Mark Knopfler's career...

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Listening Booth: Milli Vanilli, “TheLazenby Girl You Know It’s True Megamix”

Too bad. Here's a seventeen minute megamix of Milli Vanilli's "Girl You Know It's True."...

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Three Singles: Toto, “Orphan,” Black Star Riders “The Killer Instinct,” and Revolution Saints “Back On My Trail”

Three bands tied directly or indirectly to legacies are releasing new albums roughly at the same time. What do their lead singles indicate?...

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Listening Booth: AC/DC, “Play Ball”

You know the drill......

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Listening Booth: Taylor Swift, “Shake It Off”

The only important thing is whether Taylor Swift is okay, I guess....

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Listening Booth: Led Zeppelin’s “In Through the Out Door”

It's the 35th Anniversary of Led Zeppelin's "In Through The Out Door"...

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Listening Booth: July 23, 2014

Labels would have you believe nothing comes out in the summer except the big "Summer Jam". Here are some releases proving that false....

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Listening Booth: The New Pornographers, “Brill Bruisers”

The New Pornos are back with a dense, layered, pop confection....

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Listening Booth: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, “American Dream Plan B”

"Beloved rock band puts out new album. What happens next will bring tears to your eyes!"...

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Listening Booth: The Bottom Dollars, “Meet Me in Cognito”

The Bottom Dollars channel The Clash's energy with an Americana twist....

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Listening Booth: Mark Knopfler, “Privateering”

Mark Knopfler's most accomplished album to date....

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Listening Booth: Ash Reiter

Ted Asregadoo emerges from the Listening Booth walking on clouds after hearing the new Ash Reiter EP, Heatwave. ...

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Listening Booth: Truth & Salvage Co.

Are Truth & Salvage Co. the second coming of the Eagles? Ted Asregadoo weighs in on their debut album. ...

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Listening Booth: Iron Maiden, Steel Train, Rush

Some singles have just arrived on our doorstep, so now’s as good a time as any to scan what’s sailing ’round the horn. To...

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Listening Booth: Bruce Springsteen, “Working on a Dream”

Bona fides: I’m a Jersey boy, and a fan. I’ve got more than 50 Springsteen concerts under my belt. I’ve even met him once...

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Listening Booth: Beth Rowley, “Little Dreamer”

Beth Rowley – Little Dreamer (2008, Verve Forecast) purchase this CD (Amazon) Yes, Beth Rowley is another white, female British soul...

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Listening Booth: Olivia Broadfield, “Eyes Wide Open”

Olivia Broadfield, Eyes Wide Open (2007, Pig Factory) purchase this album (Amazon) Just when I think I’ve heard enough wispy female...

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Listening Booth: Guns n’ Roses, “Chinese Democracy” — A Second Opinion

It’s the curse of the debut album: the artist, unsure of who he/she is or what he/she ought to sound like strikes out in all...

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Listening Booth: Ranlom, “Going on Holiday”

Ranlom – Going on Holiday (Quirky Bird, 2008) purchase this album (Amazon) With the amount of shit I’ve given Christmas music...

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Listening Booth: The Guggenheim Grotto, “Happy the Man”

Guggenheim Grotto – Happy the Man (UFO Music, 2009) purchase this album (Amazon) Its artwork has the sort of washed-out color tones...

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Listening Booth: Guns n’ Roses, “Chinese Democracy”

Guns n’ Roses – Chinese Democracy (Geffen, 2008) purchase this album (Best Buy) Unless you’ve spent a lot of time in the...