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Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2006 02:32 pm

Rapper’s new Kingdom Come doesn't feel like a comeback

It’s difficult to muster up the nerve to throw stones at a guy like Jay-Z. Ever running the rap game, he released a chain of hits, rarely missing a link and never staying off the charts for long...
Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2006 04:14 am

Gob Iron, Farrar and Parker’s new side project, explores the great beyond

Death, unlike taxes, is the great equalizer. From the mewling preemie in the neonate ward to former President Gerald Ford, from the lowly fruit fly to the august giant tortoise, from the pope to the D...
Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2006 12:38 am

Sample Trolleyvox’s power pop and The Memory Band’s eclectic folk

Untitled Document If you like your power pop sweet and shiny and more than a little bit silly, the Trolleyvox is the band for you. The Philadelphia-based quartet, whose ranks hav...
Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2006 09:31 am

Amy Annelle and the Places sing of escape

Amy Annelle, the singer, songwriter, and sole permanent member of the Places, traffics in narcotic dream-folk cut with aleatoric noise. Sometimes alone, sometimes accompanied by a revolving cast of mu...
Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2006 08:23 pm

John Legend impresses while Gwen Stefani yodels

SINGLES ONLY We’ve stood at the edge of commercial crap with Gwen Stefani before, but with her new single, “Wind It Up,” we have fallen off the cliff. Not only does the Hollaback Gir...
Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2006 01:28 pm

Akron/Family is back with more of the same.

On its second full-length, Akron/Family delivers more of the transcendentalist free folk that’s made the band famous, or at least famous among all of the right people. Ex-Swan Michael Gira loved...
Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2006 12:54 am

Kid Congo Powers comes out of the shadows to celebrate the grit that was

For most of his career, Kid Congo Powers (né Brian Tristan) was a sideman, performing with some of the most influential bands of the past two decades. He began playing guitar in 1979, when a ch...
Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2006 06:35 pm

By all rights, Two Ton Boa ought to be heavy

One of the many excruciating aspects of Rock Star: Supernova was watching the female contestants as they wailed and writhed and whipped their hair around in a doomed attempt to prove that hott chixx c...
Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2006 02:51 pm

Sleepy Brown’s Mr. Brown, the Decemberists’ The Crane’s Wife, and J Dilla

SINGLES ONLY Sleepy Brown has the 9-to-5 blues. (We’ll play along.) After a long day of the grind, Brown and Big Boi cut out at 4:59 pm — how scandalous! — and make their way over to...
Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2006 08:20 pm

It’s No. 8 for Richard Buckner, and he sounds like, um, himself

One part George Jones, one part John Ashbery, Richard Buckner brings the MFA poetry workshop to the honky-tonk, or vice versa. He’s the kind of lyricist who is typically described as “elli...


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