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Thursday, Aug. 18, 2005 04:08 am

Turning the Prairie State into an emotionally authentic work of art

There’s a fine line between “concept” and “gimmick,” and Sufjan Stevens straddles it admirably on Illinois, his fifth album and the second insta...
Thursday, Aug. 11, 2005 12:05 pm

Don't call her a jazz singer, and don't call her the New Norah

Lizz Wright isn’t the first jazz singer to embrace gospel, blues, folk, and rock, nor is she the first jazz singer to tell interviewers that she’s not really a ja...
Thursday, Aug. 4, 2005 10:14 pm

Dwight Yoakam's Blame the Vain packed with exquisite melodies

Dwight Yoakam is a purist and a reactionary, but that doesn’t make him any less of a rebel. Despite his old-school Bakersfield twang and unabashed reverence for golden-...
Thursday, Aug. 4, 2005 03:19 am

The Bottle Rockets perform at UCT on Saturday

It’s been more than a decade since Brian Henneman first broke onto the national scene with the Bottle Rockets, his alt-country band from Festus, Mo. Through the years ...
Thursday, July 28, 2005 02:04 pm

Stina Noderstam's so good, you'll forget she's annoying

According to the press release for The World Is Saved, Stina Nordenstam’s sixth CD, “This is some of the most hopeful music Stina Nordenstam has ever recorde...
Thursday, July 28, 2005 10:17 am

Lincoln Land hosts Little Feat on Saturday

Little Feat may be best remembered, if it’s remembered much at all, as a kind of proto-jam band, a bunch of competent West Coast session players combining smooth, laid-back New Orleans...
Thursday, July 21, 2005 01:16 pm

Balancing contrary forces

For the past decade, Joe Pernice has practiced the art of pop chiaroscuro, crafting sunny songs with sudden shadows and dark songs that dazzle. With its buoyant hooks, ...
Thursday, July 21, 2005 07:24 pm
In 1990, two average groups from the Boulder, Colo., area joined forces, and ended up creating one of the most popular jam bands to fill the void left by the decomposition of...
Thursday, July 14, 2005 06:36 pm

Son Volt’s back, with new urgency

The first new Son Volt full-length in seven years, Okemah and the Melody of Riot boasts exactly one original member: Jay Farrar, the band’s founder, frontm...
Thursday, July 14, 2005 06:35 am
What makes for a great death-metal band? The vocals — guttural roars and growls — are savage. The lyrics are painfully dark. The tempo is abrupt, the guitar-play ...

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