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Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2011

4 A.M. (The Way Home) (Inner Knot Records)

The timing of 50-year-old guitarist/vocalist Sam Llanas' departure from the BoDeans, the band he formed with Kurt Neumann more than 25 years ago in Waukesha, could have been better. After all, the BoDeans were just days removed from releasing...
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Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2011

Walk the Walk… Talk the Talk (Niji Entertainment Group)

Hard to believe Walk the Walk… Talk the Talk is the third studio album from the unlikely rockabilly combo of Lemmy Kilmister, Slim Jim Phantom and Danny B. Harvey. Hell, this trio didn't seem destined to last one record, let alone three. But here they...
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Saturday, Sept. 3, 2011

Ordo Ab Chao (Magna Carta Records)

Loaded with songs about secret societies and government experiments, the debut CD from Toronto's The Android Meme also borrows musical references from groups as wide-ranging as Rush and Tears for Fears. If you've read this far, you should know that...
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Monday, Aug. 29, 2011

Glue Works (Cuneiform Records)

As more bands eschew lyrics for increasingly adventurous instrumental albums, Sweden's Gösta Berlings Saga has figured out how to create compelling music without succumbing to unlikable self-indulgence. Glue Works bonds the individual influences of each of this progressive-rock...
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Monday, Aug. 15, 2011

How I Go (Roadrunner Records)

He may have outgrown the “young blues guitarist” tag, but Kenny Wayne Shepherd remains a vital ax-slinger who bridges the gap between blues and mainstream rock. Now in his mid-30s, Shepherd sounds more comfortable than ever on his sixth studio album, How I Go, an accomplished collection of songs...
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Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2011

The Fall of Altrusia

Billing themselves as “Wisconsin's Doom Disciples,” the four members of Milwaukee's Sleestak—featuring former members of Sixinch, Atomic Number 9 and Planet Delirium—trudge through the sludge on their second album, The Fall of Altrusia. This concept disc, with “chapters” instead of “tracks,” is based...
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Monday, Aug. 1, 2011

Legalize It/Equal Rights-Legacy Editions (Columbia/Legacy)

With the battle to legalize marijuana still raging, reissues of Peter Tosh's first two solo albums—cornerstones of the roots-rock-reggae movement—serve as a reminder of the former Wailer's pro-pot efforts. After all, the cover of...
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Monday, July 18, 2011

Indigo Dreams (He & He Records/Oarfin Records)

The BoDeans, which released its debut album 25 years ago as a four-piece out of Waukesha, is now a duo. Guitarist/vocalist Sam Llanas and multi-instrumentalist/vocalist Kurt Neumann, always the band's heart and soul, co-wrote all 13 songs on Indigo Dreams. Former members and live players Michael Ramos (keyboards), Bukka Allen (accordion)...
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Monday, July 11, 2011

Future Past (Reingold Records/ProgRock Records)

Fans of progressive rock that emphasizes “rock” over “prog” will find plenty to enjoy on Future Past, the debut from Hasse Fröberg & Musical Companion. Fröberg is the guitarist and sometimes-vocalist for the Swedish symphonic prog band The Flower Kings, and the similarities between his new outfit and his main...

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