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  • 7 years ago | Reviews

    The third installment in Crammed Discs' awesome series of "Congotronics" releases continues in the praiseworthy path of its predecessors, delivering yet another defiantly nonacademic album of African music. Just like the first "Congotronics" album...

  • 7 years ago | Reviews

    Continuing to prove that psychedelic rock was as omnipresent in the Sixties as it is loosely defined today, the 10th volume in the QDK Media series further breaks down the definition of "Latin American psychedelic music," the label explored in its...

  • 7 years ago | Concerts

    It's ironic, of course, that consistency, longevity, and predictability have come to be the hallmarks of "true punk," but that's where we are more than three decades after Johnny Rotten blew his nose all over things. As Jello Biafra recently sang,...

  • 7 years ago | Concerts

    There's a line in Gogol Bordello's 2002 song "Let's Get Radical" that goes something like this: "You know, Mother, some things are actually sacred, and tapping your foot to the ceremony just won't do." The tune is one of the New York group's more ...

  • 7 years ago | Concerts

    There's a metaphor somewhere in Sam Beam's hair. Something that equates his newly expansive locks with the richer, full-bodied sound he now peddles as Iron and Wine. Something that correlates the furtive minimalism of his early recordings (done wh...

  • 7 years ago | Reviews

    The release in 1987 of Pato Banton's Never Give In was, in retrospect, something of a watershed moment. Though it may not have been immediately recognized as such, the album marked the beginning of the contemporary era of reggae. After the 1981 de...