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Wednesday, May 24, 2006 02:32 pm

Celebrating those experimental Canadians, plus Basic Vocab

O CANADA! Let me reintroduce you to a little country I like to call Canada, the place where draft dodgers used to go and where everybody gets to see a doctor. But there’s so ...
Wednesday, May 24, 2006 03:46 pm

Neil Young’s ideological vicissitudes defy all reason

Now that President George W. Bush’s approval ratings are stagnating around 30 percent, protest songs are fashionable again, with everyone from Pink to Pearl Jam clamoring to kick ol...
Thursday, May 18, 2006 02:32 pm

Shipwreck hits town; Roots’ new release; shades of the Fugees

SHOWS A-GO-GO! Champaign-Urbana band Shipwreck ventures our way for a show at the Underground City Tavern on Saturday, May 20. If anyone can bring the rock, it’s Shipwreck. This y...
Thursday, May 18, 2006 08:20 pm

Susana Baca is fluent in the only speech that matters

Susana Baca Traves'as (Luaka Bop) Travesías means “passages” in Spanish, and it’s an especially appropriate title for Susana Baca’s latest album, her ...
Thursday, May 11, 2006 08:08 am

The Smoking Popes, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Black Angels

SHOWS-A-GO-GO! Is a party ever really over? The Smoking Popes certainly thought so when they recorded their final guitar-fueled romp, Party’s Over, in 1998, much to the disappointment ...
Thursday, May 11, 2006 07:34 am

Jolie Holland’s out with her third and best album

When I was 5 or 6 years old, I believed that musicals were real. When the time was right, the people around me would burst into song, and we could finally stop worrying about what to say nex...
Thursday, May 4, 2006 05:11 am

Matthew Sweet and Susanna Hoffs offer familiar favorites, brilliant obscurities

Matthew Sweet and Susanna Hoffs Under the Covers, Vol. 1 (Shout! Factory) When it comes to covers, there are two schools of thought. Adherents of the first try to re-...
Thursday, May 4, 2006 07:02 am

Neil Young for president – and Chicago jams this summer

CD exchange: Neil Young for president. What’s that, you say? Neil Young is Canadian! So Neil Young couldn’t be the leader of our fair democracy, but at least, we can muse, &#8220...
Thursday, April 27, 2006 01:19 am

Sure, Fox Confessor is a tour de force — but that’s not enough

Much has been made of Neko Case’s peerless pipes, and rightly so. Her voice, a resonant contralto, is as loud as a marching band, as bright as church bells, as delicate...
Thursday, April 27, 2006 01:41 pm

Ice-T, the end of Grandaddy, Cee-Lo and Danger Mouse, and hip-hoppers on manhood

Shows-a-Go-Go! Before Law and Order: SVU slapped a badge on Ice-T’s chest, the rapper had Tipper Gore hyperventilating. An original of gang-sta rap and former member of heavy-metal outfit B...

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