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Parke Puterbaugh Posted: Oct 01, 2005 0 comments
Okemah and the Melody of Riot Transmit Sound/Legacy
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Ken Richardson Posted: Oct 01, 2005 0 comments
A Bigger Bang Virgin
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Whaddayawant? A Rolling Stones album to come up and bite you in the ass?
Mike Mettler Posted: Oct 01, 2005 0 comments
Mr. A-Z Atlantic
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Spunky heartthrob Jason Mraz (Mr.
Posted: Oct 01, 2005 0 comments

We can live with the current album by GORILLAZ, Demon Days (Virgin). At least there are real artists behind this fake band - er, "virtual hip-hop group." Here, Damon Albarn, once again taking a Blurman's holiday, replaces Dan the Automator with Danger Mouse, he of The Grey Album.

Parke Puterbaugh Posted: Sep 14, 2005 0 comments
In Your Honor RCA
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Foo Fighters 5 is a mighty big enchila
Jeff Perlah Posted: Sep 14, 2005 0 comments
Mezmerize American/Columbia
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We won't know the full extent of System of a Down's third
Rob O'Connor Posted: Sep 14, 2005 0 comments
Separation Sunday Frenchkiss
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The Hold Steady's Craig Finn is the raconteu
Brett Milano Posted: Sep 14, 2005 0 comments
Out of Exile Interscope/Epic
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It's difficult to say whether the band or the pro
Jeff Perlah Posted: Sep 14, 2005 0 comments
Monkey Business A&M
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The purists who once adored them might dis them now, but the Black Ey
Ken Richardson Posted: Sep 14, 2005 0 comments
The Woods Sub Pop
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Whereas All Hands on the Bad One was a "crossover" album to love and <
Ken Richardson Posted: Sep 14, 2005 0 comments
Got This Feelin' Ascetic
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These guys share their name with a pen-and-paper role-playing game
Billy Altman Posted: Sep 14, 2005 0 comments
Fountains Of Wayne Out-of-State Plates Virgin
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Ken Richardson Posted: Sep 14, 2005 0 comments

"I hear the Man a-comin' / He's rolling 'round the bend - on 104 tracks!" Or so you'll sing in praise of the Man in Black's big boxed set, The Legend (Columbia/Legacy). His name, of course, is Johnny Cash, and the box serves up four CDs of songs that include seven previously unreleased performances.

Mark Fleischmann Posted: Aug 26, 2005 0 comments
Imagine the score for a 33-minute film noir with nonstop action. That's Béla Bartók's The Miraculous Mandarin in a nutshell, although it's actually a one-act dance suite. The story concerns three thugs who use a young woman as bait to rob a series of victims, culminating in the Mandarin. They murder him—but not before he consummates his passion for the girl. The plot had enough sex and violence to get it banned immediately upon its 1926 debut in Köln, Germany.
Mark Fleischmann Posted: Aug 04, 2005 0 comments
Even people who know nothing about Brazilian music recognize the urbane Latin syncopation of the bossa nova beat. The language, of course, is Portuguese, not Spanish. The key names in Brazilian pop music are Jobim and Gilberto; in orchestral and chamber music, Villa-Lobos. Arguably, the most alluring voice in Brazilian music today belongs to Rosa Passos, who partners with jazz bassist Ron Carter on this audiophile release.

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