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Album Review: The Traveling Wilburys Collection

I’m not at all certain when the term supergroup first entered popular usage. I do know that it’s been badly misused more often than not: I recall seeing it used on magazine covers back when Duran Duran was all the rage: think of them what you will, but they were never a supergroup. One of

Hundred-word Reviews for July 2016, Part 5

Today wraps up my week-long collection of new album reviews in concise (read: exactly 100 word) form. Rogue Wave – Delusions of Grand Fur While nothing on Delusions of Grand Fur sounds as if it’s lifted from other artists, I get the nagging feeling that I’ve heard it all before. The songs are melodic and

Hundred-word Reviews for July 2016, Part 2

More quick reviews. Some good’uns in this batch, including titles from the always-reliable Omnivore Recordings. Brian Cullman – The Opposite of Time Moody and atmospheric are the first two adjectives that come to mind when spinning The Opposite of Time, the second solo album from Cullman. His day job is as music journalist; that explains

Album Reviews: Five LPs from Flying Nun Records

The New Zealand-based Flying Nun Records has a well-earned reputation for interesting, largely DIY sounds, all emanating from the small island country off Australia’s east coast. You won’t find any Hobbit-themed music here; what you will find is never less than intriguing. All of these reviewed albums were provided to me in my favorite format:

Album Mini-review: Anton Barbeau — Magic Act

Often swimming in the quirkier end of the power pop pool, the prolific Anton Barbeau most recently made a pair of albums fronting Three Minute Tease; there he applied his own personal spin to the music, bending the sound made by Robyn Hitchcock‘s former band mates (Andy Metcalfe, Morris Windsor) toward his own unique aesthetic.

Album Mini-review: The Monkees — Good Times!

Call them a guilty pleasure if you must: at their core The Monkees were as “real” a group as many others of their era. And there’s no denying that they made a lot of music that has worn well this last half-century. Various reunions have yielded enjoyable tours, but little in the way of memorable

Album Mini-review: Charlie Faye & the Fayettes

File next to: Nancy Sinatra, Dusty Springfield, Burt Bacharach Though she’s previously released two albums and an EP under her own name, Austin’s Charlie Faye has engaged in a radical makeover for her latest project. Gone are the alt-country trappings of those earlier discs, replaced by a sound that focuses squarely on sixties pop of

Lake Street Dive: Right Place, Right Time

“We just used the ‘throwing darts at the internet’ method for getting our music out there,” says Rachael Price, lead vocalist of Boston-based foursome Lake Street Dive. Their low-budget video of the group covering The Jackson Five‘s “I Want You Back” became a viral sensation in 2013; to date the clip has gotten more than

Album Mini-review: Brian Eno — The Ship

File next to: Pink Floyd, Tangerine Dream, Low-era David Bowie Though he came to prominence initially as a member of art-rockers Roxy Music (and then, years later, as an in-demand producer), Brian Eno’s specialty has long been ambient music. His groundbreaking 1970s albums (Discreet Music, Music for Airports, etc.) established the style, and since then,

Album Mini-review: Those Pretty Wrongs

File next to: Starling Electric; Teenage Fanclub, The Posies Jody Stephens was the George Harrison of legendary Memphis power pop group Big Star: though these days Chris Bell and Alex Chilton get the lion’s share of credit for the transcendent melodies they served up on #1 Record and Radio City, Stephens’ contributions are too often