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Album Review: BB King — One Kind Favor

Rock and roll has generally been viewed primarily as a young man’s (well, mostly men’s’) game. Pete Townshend wrote the immortal phrase “hope I die before I get old” over 40 years ago, and he didn’t die (thank goodness). Blues, on the other hand, has been kinder to older artists. The blues boom of the

Album Review: Killing California — Goin’ South

Ack. More screaming. But let’s talk about the good stuff first. The playing is super-tight, and not in a dumbed-down sort of way, either. Echoes of Fugazi are evident in the work on Goin’ South. And the lead guitar work suggests that these lads soaked up some influences from 70s hard rock. The bass work

Album Review: Jil Station — Still Love

These days, the Atlanta sound is mostly represented by ATL/Dirty South-styled gangsta rap. But in the 1980s Atlanta had a thriving new wave scene, fueled by the likes of the Swimming Pool Q’s, The Brains and LMNOP. And even though the members of Jil Station are too young to remember those heady days, one suspects

Album Review: Jackson United – Harmony and Dissidence

Jackson United is a spinoff project for Chris Shiflett, guitarist for Foo Fighters. In short, if you like Foo Fighters, you will like this. In fact, if you like the Smithereens, if you love the Clash…you’ll like this. Jackson United’s Harmony and Dissidence is rock of the no-nonsense variety: big guitars, big drums (courtesy of

Album Review: Peter Holsapple and Chris Stamey – hERE aND nOW

  ✰✰✰✰✰ Once in awhile a record comes along that is so special, so singularly amazing, that it nearly defies criticism. The album hERE aND nOW by Peter Holsapple and Chris Stamey is such a disc. Right out of the gate, Holsapple and Stamey deserve kudos for rescuing a beautiful track from undeserved obscurity. Family’s

Album Review: The Holloways – So This Is Great Britain?

Guest review by Annelise Kopp This record may not be revolutionary, but it is a solidly good record. The first song to stand out was “Generator” with catchy guitar riffs and upbeat lyrics. The album contains the music video for this track which is just as quirky and amusing as the songs themselves. The video

EP Review: The Hero Cycle — Lakes and Ponds

On their Lakes and Ponds EP, Burlington Vermont’s The Hero Cycle manage the neat trick of evoking memories of Echo and the Bunnymen and Modern English without sounding the least bit retro. The group’s sound is completely and refreshingly free from the influence of hip-hop or metal. They seem to want to self-classify as shoegaze

Album Review: Hedley — s/t

Not certifiably awful in any way, the debut album by Canadian quartet Hedley is simply another serving of the tired, shopworn formula that the record industry serves up. Like a musical version of the stereotypical elementary school lunch lady, the folks at Capitol (theoretically the same people that gave us Frank Sinatra and the Beatles)

Album Review: Hayseed Dixie – A Hot Piece of Grass

Hayseed Dixie is bluegrass music’s answer to Dread Zeppelin. But then, who asked the question? Hayseed Dixie’s high-concept approach recasts hard rock songs in a bluegrass context (for a secret message, say “Hayseed Dixie” out loud, over and over, until you get it). These guys most certainly have a sense of humor — how else

Album Review: Isaac Hayes — Ultimate Isaac Hayes: Can You Dig It?

Finally we have an Isaac Hayes career retrospective that is both succinct and sprawling. Of course “The Theme from Shaft” is here; it leads off the first disc on this two-disc, non-chronological compilation of Black Moses’ finest and most commercial offerings. Isaac Hayes is the ideal example of a performer’s artistic aspirations dovetailing perfectly with