Wednesday, August 25, 2010

No Better Than This

Posted on Wed, Aug 25, 2010 at 4:00 AM

No Better Than This Composer: John Mellencamp Conductor: John Mellencamp Label: Rounder Release Date: 2010-08-25 Rated: NONE Genre: Recording No Better Than This is steeped in musical history. Mellencamp and producer T Bone Burnett recorded the album at landmark places around the country: in a Baptist church in Georgia, in...

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God Willin' & the Creek Don't Rise

Posted on Wed, Aug 25, 2010 at 4:00 AM

God Willin' & the Creek Don't Rise Composer: Ray LaMontagne and the Pariah Dogs Conductor: Ray LaMontagne and the Pariah Dogs Label: RCA Release Date: 2010-08-25 Rated: NONE Genre: Recording Singer-songwriter Ray LaMontagne gives his backing band equal billing on his fourth album, God Willin’ & the Creek Don’t Rise...

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Strange Weather, Isn't It?

Posted on Wed, Aug 25, 2010 at 4:00 AM

Strange Weather, Isn't It? Composer: !!! Conductor: !!! Label: Warp Release Date: 2010-08-25 Rated: NONE Genre: Recording It’s strange that the many-membered dance-punk band !!! (or chk chk chk if you’re reading this album review to the blind) chose “AM/FM” as their big single. It sounds a little lethargic for...

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Ms. Franchesca's & Wayne's No Where Near Las Vegas "PLEASE DON'T GONG ME!" Cabaret & Talent Showcase

Posted on Wed, Aug 25, 2010 at 4:00 AM

Critic's Pick Release Date: 2010-08-25 The soon-departing, lovable Idol tyrant Simon Cowell oft disses performers for being “too cabaret,” and he always seems to hate those performance-artist types who have character names, wacky outfits, and clear-cut gender issues. So he’s not invited to this Friday’s “Ms. Francesca’s & Wayne’s No...

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Monkeyfest with Mucho Backflips!, Opposite Day, Megafauna, and The J. Wesley Haynes Trio

Posted on Wed, Aug 25, 2010 at 4:00 AM

Critic's Pick Release Date: 2010-08-25 No, we’re not inviting you on an all-expense-paid vacation to Lopburi, Thailand, where greedy macaques gorge themselves on fruit and cake, and wash it all down with cans of soda pop. Sorry. But we do want to tell you about Drunken Monkey’s fourth-annual Monkey Fest,...

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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

King of the Beach

Posted on Wed, Aug 18, 2010 at 4:00 AM

King of the Beach Composer: Wavves Conductor: Wavves Label: Fat Possum Release Date: 2010-08-18 Rated: NONE Genre: Recording After Wavves’ second album became one of 2009’s breakout records, frontman Nathan Williams said he was going to explore more grown-up directions. He’s barely old enough to drink, so why would he...

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All Night Long

Posted on Wed, Aug 18, 2010 at 4:00 AM

All Night Long Composer: Buckcherry Conductor: Buckcherry Label: Eleven Seven Release Date: 2010-08-18 Rated: NONE Genre: Recording Sleaze rockers Buckcherry recently released a benefit song to aid “victims of the `BP` oil spill — both human and animal.” It’s a noble gesture, but most fans will probably spend more time...

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Croweology

Posted on Wed, Aug 18, 2010 at 4:00 AM

Croweology Composer: The Black Crowes Conductor: The Black Crowes Label: Silver Arrow Release Date: 2010-08-18 Rated: NONE Genre: Recording The Black Crowes’ mastery at obliging both Jimmy Page’s and Widespread Panic’s fan bases works against them on Croweology, two CDs of favorites performed acoustic. There’s already a popular unplugged version...

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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

The Suburbs

Posted on Wed, Aug 11, 2010 at 4:00 AM

The Suburbs Composer: Arcade Fire Conductor: Arcade Fire Label: Merge Release Date: 2010-08-11 Rated: NONE Genre: Recording Everything Arcade Fire does is big: the ballads, the rockers, the kitchen-sink epics. Even their more introspective songs are grand in scope. This has been their routine from the start, but on their...

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Tin Can Trust

Posted on Wed, Aug 11, 2010 at 4:00 AM

Tin Can Trust Composer: Los Lobos Conductor: Los Lobos Label: Shout! Factory Release Date: 2010-08-11 Rated: NONE Genre: Recording Los Lobos’ core members have been playing together for almost 40 years. They’ve explored an expansive breadth of songs and styles, but ever since their 1992 masterpiece Kiko, they’ve had a...

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