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  • American Music Club

    published December 30, 2004

    Before parting ways ten years ago, American Music Club forged a multihued, angst-induced sound. After reconvening earlier this year, the group... More >>

  • Camper Van Beethoven

    published December 16, 2004

    A twenty-song concept album about one soldier's mind-shift from patriotic devotion to disillusionment, New Roman Times would be an... More >>

  • Ken Stringfellow

    published December 9, 2004

    Ken Stringfellow, one-half of power-pop duo The Posies and sometime stringer for R.E.M. and Big Star, steps out with his sophomore solo set, the... More >>

  • Alison Krauss and Union Station

    published November 25, 2004

    A decade ago, the idea of a bluegrass artist finding mainstream success seemed as unlikely as another Bush winning the White House. But with the... More >>

  • Rufus Wainwright

    published November 18, 2004

    Four albums on, Rufus Wainwright's skewered ruminations reflect an inward, soul-baring gaze that quickly defuses any possibility of instant... More >>

  • Glide

    published November 11, 2004

    Along with singer Ian McCulloch's morose croon, guitarist Wil Sergeant's sizzling fretwork helped mold the moody, atmospheric ambiance that nudged... More >>

  • Brighten the Corners

    published November 4, 2004

    Indian summer can be lovely in New York City, but for Ed Hale there was little time to savor the sights. He and his band Transcendence were in... More >>

  • Woven Hand

    published November 4, 2004

    After plowing the dark fields of gothic Americana with his band 16 Horsepower, David Eugene Edwards unveils a third album under his solo moniker... More >>

  • The Goods Fella

    published October 28, 2004

    If Jim Camacho, ex-singer, bassist, and architect of Nineties rock and roll prospects The Goods, is bitter about his missed chances at national... More >>

  • The Telepathic Butterflies

    published October 14, 2004

    Taking flight from British forebears such as the Who, the Hollies, and the Kinks, The Telepathic Butterflies emulate the giddy blend of wistful... More >>

  • Chris Smither

    published October 14, 2004

    Back in the mid-Sixties, singer/songwriter Chris Smither launched a musical career that has lasted for nearly 40 years. That's a long time to... More >>

  • Amy Carol Webb

    published October 14, 2004

    Amy Carol Webb has been such a dependable fixture on South Florida's burgeoning folk scene that it's hard to believe it's been a full four years... More >>

  • R.E.M.

    published October 7, 2004

    It's hard to imagine any modern band that has made as durable and dramatic an impact on the rock world as R.E.M. Over the course of a remarkably... More >>

  • Tom Waits

    published October 7, 2004

    Real Gone finds Tom Waits continuing his deconstruction of traditional song structure with an imposing series of ramshackle rumblings that... More >>

  • Devendra Banhart

    published September 30, 2004

    Rejoicing In The Hands, vagabond twentysomething troubadour Devendra Banhart's unimposing debut, proved an unlikely success, propelling the... More >>

  • The Thrills

    published September 16, 2004

    In contrast to the starry-eyed ode to Southern California that was So Much For The City, The Thrills' sunny sentiments grow cloudy on its... More >>

  • John Cale

    published September 9, 2004

    Quick, name an artist that began their career in the Sixties and is still pushing the parameters of popular music in the new... More >>

  • Sting and Annie Lennox

    published September 2, 2004

    Sting and Annie Lennox have a lot in common. Both came to prominence in the early Eighties, leading groundbreaking rock outfits (the Police and... More >>

  • Steve Earle

    published August 26, 2004

    While Waylon, Willie, and company turned Nashville on its collective ear back in the Sixties and Seventies, they never opined as freely, wore... More >>

  • A Girl Called Eddy

    published August 19, 2004

    Erin Moran, a Jersey girl who calls herself Eddy, writes the kind of songs steeped in a melancholia so deep they suggest dark clouds perpetually... More >>

  • Old 97's

    published July 29, 2004

    On their first five albums, the Old 97's explored the different sides of their multifaceted muse. Starting out with hard-bitten rockabilly twang,... More >>

  • M. Ward

    published July 29, 2004

    M. Ward's spooky blend of parched, hollow-eyed American Gothic, insurgent noise, and ambient atmospherics has garnered him increasing attention of... More >>

  • Deep Roots

    published June 10, 2004

    Okay, so Corey Harris isn't the easiest guy to pin down. Never mind that an attempt at an 8:00 a.m. phone interview -- one that was admittedly... More >>

  • Out to Impress

    published June 3, 2004

    Sheyenne Rivers oozes pure rock goddess appeal. It's her singular presence -- blond, beautiful, and undeniably erotic -- that commands the crowd's... More >>

  • Lori McKenna

    published May 13, 2004

    Bittertown, Lori McKenna's exceptional fourth album, finds the skilled singer/songwriter looking at life through the eyes of one whose... More >>

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