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Thursday, April 28, 2005 12:00 am

Crooked, creaky, cobbled-together optimism

A paraplegic since 1983 and an acclaimed singer/songwriter since 1988, when he was Officially Discovered by Michael Stipe, Vic Chesnutt has enjoyed a long, proli
Thursday, April 21, 2005 12:00 am

This apple didnÂ’t fall far from the tree

It’s a shame that Martha Wainwright is blessed with such hypeworthy DNA. There are many other interesting, even important things to say about the Brooklyn
Thursday, April 14, 2005 12:00 am

A maturing Beck hits a familiar note

Never mind that Beck looks approximately 15. Never mind that he previewed songs from Guero, his eighth album, on The O.C. He’s 34 years old, married, and a new father.
Thursday, April 7, 2005 12:00 am

Bird lays Eggs — and takes flight

Apart from fame and riches, former Squirrel Nut Zipper Andrew Bird has it all. He is to the violin what Jimi Hendrix was to the guitar, which is to say not merely a
Thursday, March 31, 2005 12:00 am

Keeping an eye on the neighborhood

You don’t intend to watch American Idol,  really you don’t, but like millions of your lumpen brethren, you find yourself prostrate on the couch every week, gawkin
Thursday, March 24, 2005 12:00 am

A mess of contradictions

Like most worthwhile artists, the Los Angeles-based folk singer Mia Doi Todd is a mess of contradictions. This slipperiness, this ability to be simultaneously on
Thursday, March 17, 2005 12:00 am

Snide aside: YouÂ’re not special

Besides being a character in a William S. Burroughs novel, Clem Snide is a band, a funny and touching alt-countrified/indie-rock band whose frontman and singer/s
Thursday, March 10, 2005 12:00 am

Low turns up the volume, in a way

The consensus on The Great Destroyer, Low’s seventh full-length and first for Sub Pop, is that it represents a Great Departure. Adjectives that have never before
Thursday, March 3, 2005 12:00 am

The best rap album of 2005

Sure, globalization has its drawbacks: McDonald’s in the ruins, Wal-Marts in the rainforest, Guatemalan peasants quoting Dr. Phil. Sometimes, though, it
Thursday, Feb. 24, 2005 12:00 am

Welsh rare bits

Super Furry AnimalsSongbook: The Singles, Vol. 1 (XL) Let’s give it up for Wales. As if Dylan Thomas, Bertrand Russell, and John Cale weren’t enough,


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