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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...
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, ...


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