• Rolling Stones: Some Girl

    Rolling Stones: Some Girl

    This newly reissued 1978 album is a sexy, snarling, cosmopolitan affair steeped in the decadence of the times—the Stones seldom sounded tougher than on “When the Whip Comes Down” or “Shattered.” But many of the ...
  • Etta James: The Dreamer

    Etta James: The Dreamer

    There’s a dark pall cast over The Dreamer. The album cover depicts her wan face cloaked in a black shroud-like hood. It’s to be Etta James’ last—she’s been diagnosed with dementia and her 50- year ...
  • The Wronglers: Heirloom Music

    The Wronglers: Heirloom Music

    When not Flatlanding or being a mesmerizing solo artist Jimmie Dale Gilmore has found a compatible home with the Wronglers, an assured old- timey sextet founded by Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival financier/banjoist Warren Hellman. With ...
  • Janis Ian: Between the Lines

    Janis Ian: Between the Lines

    Janis Ian first appeared on the music scene as a preternaturally mature thirteen-year-old singing “Society’s Child,” a tale of an inter-racial romance that was swiftly banned on radio stations due to its perceived incendiary content. ...
  • Hank Williams: The Legend Begins

    Hank Williams: The Legend Begins

    Invaluable to Hank Williams completists and music historians, The Legend Begins: Rare and Unreleased Recordings, a handsomely packaged three-CD set, meticulously annotated by the ubiquitous Colin Escott, does indeed contain genuine, previously unheard rarities on ...
  • Moreland and Arbuckle: Just a Dream

    Moreland and Arbuckle: Just a Dream

    On its fourth and finest album, the Kansas hill-country blues duo of Aaron Moreland and Dustin Arbuckle stages a compelling coming of age party. All the elements defining the group’s astonishing 1861 (2008) and powerhouse ...
  • Chris Isaak: Beyond the Sun

    Chris Isaak: Beyond the Sun

    Chris Isaak grew up in blue-collar Stockton, California, pantomiming Elvis to the radio. He became a pop star and heartthrob, crooning lonesome laments laced with twangy rockabilly guitar and Roy Orbison-inspired vocal vibe. The press ...
  • Coldplay: Mylo Xyloto

    Coldplay: Mylo Xyloto

    Coldplay powers up a big pop sound and pays tribute to New York City graffiti artists and resistance movements on this latest collaboration with producer Brian Eno, who also produced the band’s 2008 multi-Grammy-winning hit ...
  • Tom Waits: Bad as Me

    Tom Waits: Bad as Me

    Tom Waits’ Bad As Me picks up where the inimitable singer/songwriter left off in with his rowdy Real Gone (2004) and lurid Blood Money/Alice (2002). The hiatus certainly hasn’t blunted Waits’ ironic brand of gallows ...
  • Shelby Lynne: Revelation Road

    Shelby Lynne: Revelation Road

    Revelation Road, Shelby Lynne’s alt- country-rock album, is about as personal as a one-woman show can get. She wrote, performed, recorded, and produced the album herself. Her choice of instrumentation—guitar, mandolin, and light percussion—is simple ...
  • The Grateful Dead: Live Dead

    The Grateful Dead: Live Dead

    Deadheads rejoice! The band’s seemingly bottomless archival treasure chest keeps on giving. Last summer, the band’s Web site quickly sold out of Europe ’72: The Complete Recordings, a 72-CD, $450 behemoth devoted to what many ...

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