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Category Archives: Music

The Jayhawks

Sound Of Lies, Smile, Rainy Day Music
Stumbling Through The Dark
 
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In late 1994, Minneapolis’ entry in the “godfathers of alt-country” sweepstakes appeared on the ropes. The Jayhawks learned that Mark Olson, who for 10 years had split songwriting duties with lead guitarist Gary Louris, was taking his leave. Suddenly, the harmonies that (more…)

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Stan Martin

Whiskey Morning
 
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Stan Martin is a keeper of the traditional country music flame. He’s a Don Rich/Danny Gatton-schooled Telecaster-loving guitar picker, a virtuoso who is not a showoff. And he’s a skilled writer and musician who is unabashedly, unapologetically country. Martin’s original songs have a moving, sometime (more…)

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Gary Clark Jr.

Live
Bright Lights, Big Fuzz
 
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When Gary Clark, Jr. appeared on the national scene, music fans on the Internet suddenly became blues experts. Opinions burst like flak guns on D-Day with everything from shortsighted Jimi Hendrix comparisons to “I don’t get it” mystification. Even with a thumbs up from (more…)

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Ronnie Earl and the Broadcasters

Good News
 
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Ronnie Earl’s playing hasn’t changed a lot over the years, but listening to a new record by him is always a pleasant surprise. It’s rare to hear a guitarist who can take his time playing the blues and still play with such (more…)

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Courtney Barnett

The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas
 
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Courtney Barnett’s sleepy slacker persona might be a put-on, but what this young Aussie may (or may not) lack in what the older folks call “gumption,” she compensates for with droll, witty lyrics dosed with indie lo-fi and ’60s garage psych. Comprising Miss Barnett’s prior limited (more…)

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Trigger Hippy

Trigger Hippy
 
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While the debut of Trigger Hippy features some musicians with familiar names, it’s not a “super group” in any sense of the word. That’s meant as a compliment, because the 11 songs here feature a band that is all on the same page. Black Crowes co-founder (more…)

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Big Star

#1 Record, Radio city, Live In Memphis
Shining Even Brighter
 
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Big Star’s star shone only briefly. The band formed in Memphis in 1971 around guitarists-songwriters Chris Bell and Alex Chilton, and then blazed out by ’74 despite rave critical reviews and two stellar albums. But the band’s renown has only ascended from (more…)

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Jimmy McIntosh

...And
 
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While guitarists in high-profile bands get the lion’s of share of publicity, the working stiffs who slug it out on local stages get no love. Las Vegas sideman Jimmy McIntosh is one of those working stiffs, and he deserves your affection. This album is a (more…)

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Charlie Haden and Jim Hall

Charlie Haden - Jim Hall
 
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In the past year, the jazz world lost two giants in guitarist Jim Hall and bassist Charlie Haden. All the more reason to celebrate this previously unreleased recording of the pair performing as a duo at the 1990 Montreal Jazz Festival. Haden and (more…)

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Eric Clapton and Friends

The Breeze: An Appreciation of JJ Cale
After Midnight
 
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Eric Clapton has worn many a hat during his career. English bluesman, psychedelic guitar god, downhome roots rocker, even ’80s big-suited popmeister. In recent decades, he’s added another chapeau to the curious collection: tribute artist. We all owe a debt to those who came before (more…)

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