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Thursday, Sept. 16, 2004 07:53 am

Safety first

Ricky FantéRewind (Virgin) Ricky Fanté makes soul music, nothing "neo" about it: just sweet, buttery, Stax-sounding soul that's wholesome as a plate of hotcakes. No hip-hop flourishes, no Pr...
Thursday, Sept. 16, 2004 05:21 am
• A hearty congratulations to Sharon Graf, assistant professor of ethnomusicology at the University of Illinois at Springfield, on capturing first prize at the Illinois State Old-Time Fiddle Cha...
Thursday, Sept. 9, 2004 07:21 am

The San Francisco treats

Doug Hilsinger and Caroleen Beatty Brian Eno's Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy) (DBK Works) Thirty years after Brian Eno released his second solo album, Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy), m...
Thursday, Sept. 9, 2004 10:01 pm
• PENNY LANE, Springfield's only surviving store that was once called a headshop, sponsors a free outdoor concert on Sunday, Sept. 12, at Douglas Park. The concert, which began as a tribute to J...
Thursday, Sept. 2, 2004 10:11 am
This weekend, 16 bands and more than 1,000 people are expected to travel to a field outside the small town of Beecher City to enjoy some of the area's finest rock music. It's the sixth year for...
Thursday, Aug. 26, 2004 01:03 pm

On the line between safe and sorry

Various Artists Por Vida: A Tribute to the Songs of Alejandro Escovedo (Or) Tribute compilations are tricky bastards. Given the regrettably narrow and highly specialized tastes of most music fa...
Thursday, Aug. 19, 2004 11:54 am

Time for a comfort cat

The Naysayer Kitten Time (Red Panda Records) As anyone who has ever sobbed into soft, forgiving feline fur can tell you, there's nothing like a cat when it comes to free therapy. Take it from An...
Thursday, Aug. 12, 2004 10:51 pm

Resurrections and second chances

Jolie Holland Escondida (Anti) With her languid drawl, her vintage guitars, and her penchant for ancient parlor tunes, Jolie Holland traffics in what rock scribe Greil Marcus once called "the ...
Thursday, Aug. 12, 2004 05:36 am
Perhaps he is best known by the masses as half of the beauty-and-the-beast story that played weekly in the tabloids during his brief marriage to actress Julia Roberts. Fortunately, Texas-based ...
Thursday, Aug. 5, 2004 10:52 pm

Tipping ever so slightly to the center

The Roots are, among other things, exhibit A when earnest white National Public Radio members try to argue that not all contemporary rap is crass consumerist crap: "They rail against the system! They ...


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