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Thursday, Sept. 15, 2005 12:00 am

The mood is melancholy, not desperate

Most musicians hate to be categorized, rejecting any attempts to label, contextualize, or otherwise rape their divine muse. Because they are, like, totally unique, they
Thursday, Sept. 8, 2005 12:00 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 12:00 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 12:00 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 12:00 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 12:00 am

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 12:00 am

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, July 28, 2005 12:00 am

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 21, 2005 12:00 am

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,
Thursday, July 14, 2005 12:00 am

Son VoltÂ’s back, with new urgency

The first new Son Volt full-length in seven years, Okemah and the Melody of Riot boasts exactly one original member: Jay Farrar, the band’s founder, frontm


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