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Album Reviews
Thursday, Oct. 21, 2010

Wake Up! (Columbia)

Zeitgeists are difficult things to catch, so it takes a bit of hubris for John Legend to update a selection of socially conscious, era-defining funk and soul numbers from the ’60s and ’70s with a few MCs and a dose of neo-soul sheen and expect it to, as the liner notes put it, “ignite the passions and the minds of millions.”
Album Reviews
Monday, Sept. 13, 2010

7th Heaven: Music of the Spheres—The Complete Singles Collection (International Artists)

The 13th Floor Elevators, one of the earliest and most innovative bands of the psychedelic era, released only three studio albums before dissolving due to drug problems, legal hassles and label mismanagement. But whereas sustained interest has kept those albums available, the singles they spawned (collected here...
Concert Reviews
Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2010

Friday, Aug. 13, 2010

Riverwest has long been one of the city’s most diverse and artistically active neighborhoods, with a thriving music scene that flourishes in part because of the neighborhood’s unique makeup, and partly in spite of it. There are certainly places for bands to play in the relatively small area between Capitol Drive...
Music Feature
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Few pop-music terms inspire more eyes to roll than “supergroup.” Defined as a band whose lineup consists of members from other notable acts, the word itself seems to ooze contrivance and ego in a way that makes it challenging for the music to live up to the hype generated by disparate famous people sharing the same stage. Too often the albums released by these groups...
Album Reviews
Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Demolicion! The Complete Recordings (Phantom)

We tend to think of garage rock as the product of exchange between the U.S. and the U.K., going from early rock to The Yardbirds’ electric blues and back to The Count Five and the Nuggets groups. But while the genre’s roots may lie in the English-speaking world, its influence reverberated far beyond...
Album Reviews
Monday, May 10, 2010

Revenue Retrievin’ (Heavy on the Grind/EMI)

E-40 is nothing if not prolific. With 30 years in the game and a dozen albums and EPs (as well as a slew of singles and group efforts) under his belt, you would think the Bay Area rap icon would show some signs of slowing down. But then he goes and releases Revenue Retrievin’, a massive 38-song statement that spans...
Concert Reviews
Wednesday, April 28, 2010

April 23, 2010

According to the complicated (and rather silly) mythology surrounding Captured! By Robots, Jay Vance, former bassist for ska groups Skankin’ Pickle and Blue Meanies, was merely looking for someone, or something, to jam with when he built his robot backing band. But as robots so often do...