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Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2006 12:57 am

OutKast is back, and Beyoncé’s fighting mad

CD EXCHANGE OutKast is back, finally. Last Tuesday the Dirty South duo unleashed Idlewild, an album to accompany the new film, set in the Prohibition era, that’s coming out Aug. 25. The release ...
Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2006 02:08 am

What Get Lonely lacks in drama, it makes up for in quiet artistry

Last year the Mountain Goats released The Sunset Tree, an aural exorcism inspired by the abusive childhood of the band’s frontman and only permanent member, John Darnielle. Like its predecessor,...
Thursday, Aug. 17, 2006 02:32 pm

The Archie Bronson Outfit’s second full-length most definitely rocks

Is it dirty art rock or arty dirt rock? Rock music you can dance to or dance music you can rock to? Whatever you want to call Derdang Derdang, the Archie Bronson Outfit’s second full-length, the...
Thursday, Aug. 17, 2006 01:05 am

A Legend in his own time

SINGLES ONLY John Legend has doled out the first single from Once Again, the yet-to-be-released 2006 follow-up to his Grammy-winning debut Get Lifted. “Save Room” finds the dapper piano ...
Thursday, Aug. 10, 2006 01:00 am

What does Logic have to do with Zen?

The title of DJ Logic’s new album is a stumper: What does logic, the science of abstract reasoning, have to do with Zen, a Buddhist philosophy that honors direct intuition through meditation? De...
Thursday, Aug. 10, 2006 12:57 am

Erase Errata slide in where riot grrrls leave off; A Tribe Called Quest in Chicago; Outkast "collaborates"

CD exchange Experimental electro-punk trio Erase Errata released their third album, Nightlife, on July 25, unleashing a collection of punk tracks that slide in where riot grrrls such as Bikini Kill le...
Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2006 11:16 am

Midlake goes for the quaint, agrarian, and the obtuse

Midlake is from Denton, Texas, the same smallish town that spawned Centro-matic, but you’d never guess it by listening to The Trials of Van Occupanther. With its soft and inviting beds of acoust...
Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2006 01:02 am

Yo La Tengo will kick your behind; Tabakin hits town on Saturday

SINGLES ONLY By no stretch of the imagination does Yo La Tengo look cool. The Hoboken, N.J., trio doesn’t subscribe to any hipster conventions — nary an ironic mustache or trucker cap to b...
Wednesday, July 26, 2006 09:22 am

The Ditty Bops play the Hilton on Sunday, and other shows of note

The Ditty Bops love to ride bikes. Instead of jamming into a cramped van for their 2006 summer tour, the jazzy duo decided to put shoe to pedal and log some miles on a couple of two-wheelers, and they...
Wednesday, July 26, 2006 12:58 am

Jazzman Liberty Ellman is no obnoxious hot dog

Ophiuchus Butterfly is guitarist/composer Liberty Ellman’s second full-length for Pi Recordings, which is fast becoming one of the most interesting labels on the independent jazz scene. (Though ...

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