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Frances the Mute

I’ve been racking my brain trying to figure out how to write a review of The Mars Volta’s latest CD, Frances the Mute, but it’s proving a slippery beast to try and grasp. I thought it would help to read what other reviewers have to say (and every reviewer in the world is writing about it). It seems like they’re ... Read More »

Latitude

Describing Charlie Hunter is an arduous task. He’s a guitar innovator, that’s for sure, and he’s an expert improviser who can seamlessly switch from bop to hip-hop to ambient music. And there’s no telling who he’ll bring along with him for the ride. The only thing you can ever truly expect from any of Hunters projects is the unexpected. The ... Read More »

Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes

New York trio TV on the Radio is the kind of band that leaves reviewers scratching their heads. Their sound is fresh, and the songs are catchy, but they absolutely refuse to be pigeonholed. That forces us to describe them by throwing together a bunch of other bands, you know, like “Peter Gabriel meets Art of Noise, meets Sonic Youth ... Read More »

Automatic Thrill

Hmmm, I just don’t quite know what to make of Gluecifer these days. Their 2002 “Tender Is the Savage” CD is one of my all-time favorites. I love the dirty Thin Lizzy meets AC/DC hooks, Biff Malibu’s manly swagger, the call-and-response background vocals. I actually wore out my first copy of it within six months. I have never worn out ... Read More »