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Thursday, Jan. 12, 2006 05:07 am

After more than two decades, James "Blood" Ulmer’s Odyssey trio is back

After a hiatus spanning more than two decades, guitarist James “Blood” Ulmer’s Odyssey trio has returned with a new album, a 55-minute tour de force that ne...
Thursday, Jan. 12, 2006 02:50 pm

Land of Lincoln Barbershop Chorus marks milestone this year

“I love to hear those minor chords and good close harmony.” — from “The Old Songs” (words and music by Geoffre...
Thursday, Jan. 5, 2006 06:33 am

He could have been as big as Johnny Cash

Cast King Saw Mill Man (Locust Media) If fate had dealt Cast King another hand, he might be as famous as the late Johnny Cash. Like his more celebrated c...
Thursday, Dec. 29, 2005 05:10 am

Physical proximity, it would seem, is overrated

Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan Ramblin’ Man (V2) Who says long-distance relationships never work? Despite being separated by some 8,000 m...
Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2005 04:11 am

A peace offering to Bill O’Reilly and other right-wing cranks

Dear Bill O’Reilly: As a godless liberal, I have no reason to like you. Your unctuous smirk and smarmy patter got on my nerves when you w...
Thursday, Dec. 15, 2005 10:30 pm

Mi and L’au invite you to join their lovefest

Mi and L'au Mi and L'au (Young God Records) You don’t know Mi and L’au, but you know a couple like them: beautiful,...
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 Furnaces’ 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 Jews’ 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 ...


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