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  • 10 years ago | Reviews

    As though the Orion nebula shines from her hearth, Kate Bush has always bridged the cozy with the stratospheric. As the title of her first work in twelve years suggests, the two-disc set Aerial strays a little further into the ether than some of h...

  • 10 years ago | Reviews

    Mac McCaughan's bandmates in Chapel Hill's influential and self-sufficient Superchunk probably didn't think twice back in 1993 when he inaugurated his side project, Portastatic. What's a few four-track outtakes between friends? But it bodes ill fo...

  • 10 years ago

    It's not only the coarseness of their rabble that keeps power-pop's jangling tunesmiths from ruling the world; they're forever looking backward and are no better for it. Louisville's Digby, however, has no unhealthy obsessions with genre pioneers ...

  • 10 years ago

    From the Clash's early rap tributes to Mos Def's ghetto rock, when musical boundaries correspond to racial ones, musicians cross them self-consciously and very carefully. But on Hoodlum Rock: Vol. 1, Atlanta's all-black quintet El Pus stitches tog...

  • 10 years ago | Reviews

    "We're a hall of mirrors," says Tsar's candy-voiced singer Jeff Whalen. He must mean vanity mirrors -- Tsar is one of a few rock bands wearing makeup these days for something other than gothic effect -- because this retro-glam LA quartet can be a ...

  • 10 years ago | Reviews

    The Transplants' 2002 debut hinted at a new kind of urban rebel rock, one that not only glanced beyond cultural borders but also hopped the fence and liked what it found on the other side. With Haunted Cities, the LA trio of Rob Aston, Rancid's Ti...