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Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2006 12:00 am

Isobel Campbell may sound a bit fey, but thatÂ’s OK

Hot on the heels of Ballad of the Broken Seas, Isobel Campbell’s album of duets with Mark Lanegan, Milkwhite Sheets finds the Glaswegian cellist/chanteuse all by her lonesome again, with mixed r
Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2006 12:00 am

Gob Iron, Farrar and ParkerÂ’s new side project, explores the great beyond

Death, unlike taxes, is the great equalizer. From the mewling preemie in the neonate ward to former President Gerald Ford, from the lowly fruit fly to the august giant tortoise, from the pope to the D
Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2006 12:00 am

Sample TrolleyvoxÂ’s power pop and The Memory BandÂ’s eclectic folk

Untitled Document If you like your power pop sweet and shiny and more than a little bit silly, the Trolleyvox is the band for you. The Philadelphia-based quartet, whose ranks hav
Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2006 12:00 am

Amy Annelle and the Places sing of escape

Amy Annelle, the singer, songwriter, and sole permanent member of the Places, traffics in narcotic dream-folk cut with aleatoric noise. Sometimes alone, sometimes accompanied by a revolving cast of mu
Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2006 12:00 am

Akron/Family is back with more of the same.

On its second full-length, Akron/Family delivers more of the transcendentalist free folk that’s made the band famous, or at least famous among all of the right people. Ex-Swan Michael Gira loved
Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2006 12:00 am

Kid Congo Powers comes out of the shadows to celebrate the grit that was

For most of his career, Kid Congo Powers (né Brian Tristan) was a sideman, performing with some of the most influential bands of the past two decades. He began playing guitar in 1979, when a ch
Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2006 12:00 am

By all rights, Two Ton Boa ought to be heavy

One of the many excruciating aspects of Rock Star: Supernova was watching the female contestants as they wailed and writhed and whipped their hair around in a doomed attempt to prove that hott chixx c
Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2006 12:00 am

ItÂ’s No. 8 for Richard Buckner, and he sounds like, um, himself

One part George Jones, one part John Ashbery, Richard Buckner brings the MFA poetry workshop to the honky-tonk, or vice versa. He’s the kind of lyricist who is typically described as “elli
Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2006 12:00 am

Longtime St. Louis fixture Joe Thebeau scores first national release

Joe Thebeau, the mastermind of Finn’s Motel, describes himself as a “40-year-old married-with-children rock guy” — an unglamorous profile for an indie-rock aspirant, maybe, but
Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2006 12:00 am

Guitarist Kaki King goes for the full-band sound

Guitar dorks are guys mostly, weird guys with ickily long fingernails who stink of cannabis and complicated tablatures. If they’re not droning on about the awesome tuning that they just discover


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