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Music Review: Solomon Burke – Nashville

The blues-country-soul-gospel-whatever legend returns with a stupendous set of country songs that would be the crowning achievement of practically any career. Read More »

An Interview With Soul-Blues-Gospel Singer Solomon Burke

The legendary singer gets frank about his recent resurgence, the joy of singing, and the tiresome uselessness of genre labels. Read More »

Music Review: The Kooks – Inside In/Inside Out

The much-hyped and very tousled British group finally hits American shores with an album that's pretty, catchy, clever, and, ultimately, kinda boring. Read More »

Music Review: Steve Bernstein’s Millennial Territory Orchestra – Volume 1

The slide-trumpet player and leader of Sex Mob finally makes an album that doesn't kind of suck. Read More »

Music Review: Pere Ubu’s Why I Hate Women and a Review of Music Reviews

In which I onanistically ask of myself, what was I thinking?! Read More »

Music Review: Pere Ubu – Why I Hate Women

The new wave pioneers' 15th album is a bad, bad trip, a violent and bewildering mess drenched in guitar and theremin. It's also outstanding. Read More »

CD Review: Thor – Devastation of Musculation

As long as you take it for what it is - the aural equivalent of movies like Escape from New York - you can do worse than to heed the mighty word of THOR. Read More »

CD Review: Bobby Previte’s Coalition of the Willing

A lurid surf-spy garage rock Miles Davis Live/Evil Mission Impossible electric pyschedelic pussycat puzzle from one of New York's finest (not) jazz drummers. Read More »

CD Review: The Essential George Jones

Sony Legacy's "Essential" series offers a strong but flawed introduction to the greatest living country singer, the man they call The Possum. Read More »

CD Review: The Wood Brothers – Ways Not to Lose

Bassist Chris Wood (Medeski Martin & Wood) makes it a family affair on this country-flavored offering featuring brother Oliver Wood. Read More »