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Wednesday, April 19, 2006 12:00 am

He’s black and he wears funny hats — what are we supposed to call him?

Van Hunt is the protégé of American Idol judge Randy Jackson, but try to keep an open mind. (Yeah, I know — it’s hard not to declare a pox on all th
Thursday, April 13, 2006 12:00 am

Of all of Brazil's wonderfully weird cultural exports, Tom ZĂ© may be the weirdest

They grow ’em weird in Brazil, and of all Brazil’s wonderfully weird cultural exports, Tom Zé may be the weirdest and most wonderful. Zé
Thursday, April 6, 2006 12:00 am

You may think you donÂ’t know Jules Shear, but youÂ’d be wrong

You might not think you know who Jules Shear is, but you’ve probably heard at least one of his songs. Although the 54-year-old Pittsburgh native has been p
Thursday, March 30, 2006 12:00 am

Centro-matic can make the same record over and over and never get boring

Will Johnson, Centro-matic’s singer, guitarist, and principal songwriter, is more than a frontman; he’s a frickin’ franchise. Besides cranking out eight
Thursday, March 23, 2006 12:00 am

Kiefer and Kraus are a pair of time-traveling minstrels

Christian Kiefer and Sharron Kraus The Black Dove (Tompkins Square) On their first collaboration, songwriter/brainiacs Christian Kiefer (a Ph.D. candidate in
Thursday, March 16, 2006 12:00 am

Kris Kristofferson has lived enough for 20 men, and heÂ’s not done yet.

Rhodes scholar. Army pilot. Janitor. Singer/songwriter. Drunkard. Movie star. Kris Kristofferson, who turns 70 this year, has lived enough for 20 men, and heR
Thursday, March 9, 2006 12:00 am

BarzelayÂ’s solo debut: one measly voice and one measly acoustic guitar

Eef Barzelay’s solo debut is exactly that: a solo album, consisting entirely of one measly voice and one measly acoustic guitar (well, almost — one very short
Wednesday, March 1, 2006 12:00 am

Never before has a Destroyer album sounded so accessible

Destroyer leader Daniel Bejar is the perfect pinup boy for a small but insanely devoted faction of rock critics, music bloggers, grad-school dropouts, and die-hard
Thursday, Feb. 23, 2006 12:00 am

Ray Davies proves he's the best of the aging '60s British invaders

Ray Davies Other PeopleÂ’s Lives (V2) Of all the aging veterans of the ’60s British Invasion, Ray Davies has held up the best. Sure, Mick has harder abs and Sir
Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2006 12:00 am

I Am the Resurrection isnÂ’t your typical tribute album.

Is it wrong to look a tribute album in the mouth? It seems nasty, I know, to compare well-meaning musicians to gasbag grandees hogging the dais at a televised fu


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