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Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2005 02:19 pm

Bettye LaVette back with a masterpiece

As everyone from Homer to Oprah can attest, people love comeback stories, the heartwarming testimonials of odds-beaters and fate-cheaters, the inspirational tales of ...
Thursday, Sept. 29, 2005 05:33 pm

Gary Puckett and the Union Gap revisit success of the 60s

Gary Puckett and the Union Gap were almost unfathomably popular in the late 1960s. Wearing Civil War regalia (complete with fake military ranks) and pounding out lush, almost bizarrely ...
Thursday, Sept. 22, 2005 12:47 pm

Gittin' strange with Skeletons and Girl-Faced Boys

Skeletons and the Girl-Faced Boys Git (Ghostly/Shinkoyo) Stravinsky once opined that Beethoven’s “Grosse Fuge” is an &#822...
Thursday, Sept. 15, 2005 02:58 pm

A Different Kind of Pain marks the band's return

Cold started 2003 on a roll. After a five-year apprenticeship with fellow Florida nĂĽ-metalheads Limp Bizkit, the band was turning away from the chest-beating aggressiven...
Thursday, Sept. 15, 2005 07:48 am

The mood is melancholy, not desperate

Most musicians hate to be categorized, rejecting any attempts to label, contextualize, or otherwise rape their divine muse. Because they are, like, totally unique, they ...
Thursday, Sept. 8, 2005 01:58 am

Pixel Revolt sounds so fantastic you might miss the rich lyrics

In "Exodus Damage," one of 14 quietly harrowing tracks on his fifth and finest CD, John Vanderslice sings, "No one ever says a word about/So much that happens in the world." If this is true, it'...
Thursday, Sept. 1, 2005 01:40 am

Twin Cinema, the New PornographersÂ’ third CD, is a triumph

Although no one can define it, most of us know pornography when we see it, and we do not approve. Never mind that we’re consuming it in record quantities; we still frea...
Thursday, Aug. 25, 2005 10:09 am

The latest from the Flamin' Groovies and Puerto Muerto

Flamin' Groovies Shake Some Action (DBK Works) Was there ever a phrase more redolent of rock than “shake some action”? In the annals of horndog eloquence, itR...
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...

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