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Lenny Kravitz: Strut

Lenny Kravitz: Strut

Lenny Kravitz Strut (Roxie Records) “Sex” is an over-driven tube guitar strut opening the aptly named Strut, the new album by Lenny […]

J Mascis: Tied to a Star

J Mascis: Tied to a Star

J Mascis Tied to a Star (Sub Pop Records) J Mascis is one of indie rock’s great survivors, with his output now […]

Angus & Julia Stone: Angus & Julia Stone

Angus & Julia Stone: Angus & Julia Stone

Angus & Julia Stone Angus & Julia Stone (American Recordings) After a few years focusing on solo material, siblings Angus and Julia […]

Michael Leonard Witham: A Scandal In the Violets

Michael Leonard Witham: A Scandal In the Violets

Michael Leonard Witham A Scandal In the Violets (Michael Leonard Witham) A lilting acoustic guitar, piano, Jesse Aycock-pedal steel and rangy vocals […]

Robert Plant: Lullaby and . . . The Ceaseless Roar

Robert Plant: Lullaby and . . . The Ceaseless Roar

Robert Plant Lullaby and… The Ceaseless Roar (Nonesuch) A roiling mandolin/banjo-sounding mix and chunky drum machine beat lay underneath Robert Plant’s soft […]

Luke Sital-Singh: The Fire Inside

Luke Sital-Singh: The Fire Inside

Luke Sital-Singh The Fire Inside (Parlophone Records) Folk music by singer/songwriters often centers on acoustic guitar or piano, but British musician Luke […]

The Kooks: Listen

The Kooks: Listen

The Kooks Listen (Virgin EMI) Listening to the latest album by British rock quartet The Kooks, it’s hard to recognize them as […]

The New Pornographers: Brill Bruisers

The New Pornographers: Brill Bruisers

The New Pornographers Brill Bruisers (Matador Records) The New Pornographers have always been something of an anomaly. They’re a supergroup that is […]

Michael Cera: true that

Michael Cera: true that

Michael Cera true that (self-released) Anyone who has seen Juno, Paper Heart, or the criminally underrated Scott Pilgrim vs. the World knows […]

Shaman’s Harvest: Smokin’ Hearts & Broken Guns

Shaman’s Harvest: Smokin’ Hearts & Broken Guns

Shaman’s Harvest Smokin’ Hearts & Broken Guns (Mascot) Driving guitars, a staccato verse beat, singable tough chorus and Nathan Hunt’s strong, rangy […]

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