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Thursday, Feb. 17, 2005 12:00 am

Intelligent, innovative, woefully underrated

Bettie ServeertAttagirl (Minty Fresh) Indie rock, like most cultural enterprises, is not a meritocracy. Consider Bettie Serveert, the Amsterdam-based outfit front
Thursday, Feb. 10, 2005 12:00 am

Usher in the next Legend

John LegendGet Lifted Getting Out Our Dreams/Sony As a producer, rapper, and talent scout, Kanye West effected a kind of hip-hop hegemony in 2004, gobbling up all
Thursday, Feb. 3, 2005 12:00 am

Faithfull finds her final Frankenstein

Marianne Faithfull has led a larger-than-life life, neatly divisible into iconic phases: aristocratic ingenue, folk/pop princess, Stones consort, street junkie,
Thursday, Jan. 27, 2005 12:00 am

Remembering Junior Kimbrough

Various ArtistsSunday Nights: The Songs of Junior Kimbrough (Fat Possum) Few album concepts are as unappealing as a bunch of irony-fortified, eccentrically coifed white r
Thursday, Jan. 20, 2005 12:00 am

The master of two idioms

Styrofoam Nothing's Lost (Morr Music) Guitars and computers have been cohabitating peacefully and profitably for years now. First there was New Order, then there was Radiohead, then there were
Thursday, Jan. 13, 2005 12:00 am

Listen to his voice, and it all makes sense

Richard BucknerDents and Shells (Merge) A former acquaintance of mine -- pretty, intelligent, seemingly sane, and legally married -- used to be obsessed with Richard Buckner. She claimed tha
Thursday, Jan. 6, 2005 12:00 am

Cool Beans keeps it jumpinÂ’

Beans Shock City Maverick (Warp) Two years after the demise of his trio Antipop Consortium, hip-hop iconoclast Beans is keeping busy. In 2003, the New York-based MC and producer released his
Thursday, Dec. 30, 2004 12:00 am

SwannÂ’s way

Bettye Swann Bettye Swann Honest Jon's/Astralwerks You've probably never heard of Bettye Swann, which is sad for many reasons; on the bright side, though, it means you're in for a treat. Thanks
Thursday, Dec. 23, 2004 12:00 am

If you get a Trojan horse, ride it

Le TigreThis Island (Strummer/Universal) After two full-lengths and a couple of EPs on the now-defunct indie label Mr. Lady, Le Tigre has apparently tired of preaching to the choir. Predictably
Thursday, Dec. 16, 2004 12:00 am

Less sparkle, more art, and all Rufus

Rufus Wainwright Want Two (Geffen) What's the term for a male diva? Divo? Heva? There may not be a word for Rufus Wainwright, but there should be. After all, he's hardly the first boy singer


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