• The Infamous Stringdusters: Let It Go

    The Infamous Stringdusters: Let It Go

    The Infamous Stringdusters have never had anything to prove as forward-thinking instrumentalists, but over time the quintet’s songwriters have become more daring too, perhaps taking a cue from the Steep Canyon Rangers in exploring existential ...
  • The Clash in High-Res

    The Clash in High-Res

    In their heyday—roughly the late-70s to early 80s—the Clash, with typical insouciant bravado, dubbed themselves “The Most Important Rock Band in the World.” They may well have been right. No doubt the band staked that ...
  • Chuck Weiss: Red Beans & Weiss

    Chuck Weiss: Red Beans & Weiss

    This is Chuck E. Weiss’ fourth album since his surprise 1999 comeback, Extremely Cool, produced by Tom Waits. That album ended an 18-year hiatus by the enigmatic musician who inspired Rickie Lee Jones’ 1979 breakthrough ...
  • Hot Tuna: Burgers

    Hot Tuna: Burgers

    The first Hot Tuna record was a live recording of a coffeehouse appearance by guitarist Jorma Kaukonen, bassist Jack Cassidy, and harmonica man Will Scarlet, performing in a straight folk-blues style. It gave Kaukonen a ...
  • Steve Dawson: Rattlesnake Cage

    Steve Dawson: Rattlesnake Cage

    Steve Dawson is a versatile Canadian roots musician who’s worked extensively as a solo artist and in a group context. He’s kept busy as a songwriter, sideman, singer, and producer who heads his own label, ...
  • Download Roundup - Janis Joplin: Pearl

    Download Roundup - Janis Joplin: Pearl

    The original CD of this superb blues-rock standard—sadly, Joplin’s last studio release—suffers from a surfeit of grunge and puts an artificial edge on Joplin’s voice—the last thing it needs. A later CD, The Pearl Sessions, ...
  • Bruce Springsteen: High Hopes

    Bruce Springsteen: High Hopes

    The Boss is cleaning house, having just finished recording some of his best unreleased material from the past decade. The result is a dozen mostly anthemic rockers that include new studio versions of “American Skin ...
  • Download Roundup - Beach Boys: Pet Sounds

    Download Roundup - Beach Boys: Pet Sounds

    In 1990, this legendary work finally received the golden-gloved CD- remastering treatment. That disc is quite satisfying, with a clean, mostly relaxed sound that makes Brian Wilson’s handiwork easy to appreciate. In keeping with the ...
  • Uncle Tupelo: Anodyne

    Uncle Tupelo: Anodyne

    This 1993 album is the swan song of a band at the height of its creative powers, a group of heartland musicians whose seamless blend of rock and country personified the then-nascent Americana music movement. ...

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