Thursday, Dec. 8, 2005 08:45 pm

Vashti Bunyan makes a comeback with Lookaftering

here are comebacks, and then there are comebacks. The gap between British folksinger Vashti Bunyan’s debut, Just Another Diamond Day, and its follow-up, Lookaftering,&n...
Thursday, Dec. 1, 2005 06:58 pm

An 83-year-old highlights the Fiery FurnacesÂ’ latest effort

The Fiery Furnaces Rehearsing My Choir (Rough Trade) If you thought Blueberry Boat was a buttload of bull, steer clear of Rehearsing My Choir, a wildly p...
Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2005 09:18 pm

The Silver JewsÂ’ music has never sounded more essential than it does in Tanglewood

Almost no one reads poetry anymore, which means that you probably haven’t read Actual Air, one of the very few poetry collections written by a working singer/songwriter...
Thursday, Nov. 17, 2005 11:47 am

Add Calexico to the mix, and it's easier to like Iron & Wine

Unless we’re talking about, oh, I don’t know, Ken Mehlman’s sex life, there are no guilty pleasures. If pleasures could induce guilt, confessing them ...
Thursday, Nov. 10, 2005 09:23 pm

Love Kraft is a good album by SFA's standards

Love Kraft, the Super Furry Animals’ seventh studio album, begins with a splash — literally. It’s the sound of guitarist Huw “Bunf...
Thursday, Nov. 3, 2005 07:42 am

Ebony Eyez kicks out a worthy addition to the St. Louis hip-hop canon

Ebony Eyez 7 Day Cycle (Capitol) The first female rapper from St. Louis to score a major-label deal, Ebony Eyez seems fully aware of her precedent-setting...
Thursday, Oct. 27, 2005 01:23 pm

Somehow Chocolate Genius keeps things from getting maudlin

Some geniuses are prolific; others take their sweet slowpoke time. Count Marc Anthony Thompson in the latter category. Over a career spanning more than two decades, the ...
Thursday, Oct. 20, 2005 12:11 pm

No matter who twiddles the knobs, itÂ’s FionaÂ’s show

Like Wilco’s Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, Fiona Apple’s Extraordinary Machine comes with a juicy backstory about the big, bad recording industry. Wilco, as ...
Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2005 07:04 am

A jazz tribute to Pavement sounds like a bad idea. ItÂ’s not.

A jazz tribute to Pavement sounds like a bad idea — at best a willfully silly experiment conceived by a gaggle of giggling stoners, at worst a transparent attempt to ...
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 ...


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