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Willard Grant Conspiracy

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An ambitious, musically sophisticated album that should be played loud to catch all of the nuances, Willard Grant Conspiracy’s Let It Roll could be labeled orchestral rock. Together, the 10 songs on this moody, mostly molasse...


Combichrist

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Hell-ektro group Combichrist has long been a favorite of the fetish community.



Incubus

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A couple of years ago, after more than a decade of mainstream success, radio-prog giants Incubus found themselves on the verge of industry-caused destruction.


Bandmates

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The sound of The Bandmates’ The Buddha and the Alien is genteel psychedelic straight out of the 1960s and early 1970s. Self-produced by songwriters and vocalists Kimberly Cody and Susan Carson, the result is a bit self-indulg...



Bill Kirchen

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A c.d. with the title Hammer of the Honky-Tonk Gods, by a guitar player as hot for so many years as Bill Kirchen seems like it ought to rock out loud. That this one is also soulful and contemplative and still works is a tribute...


Shaolin Death Squad

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There are concept albums, and then there’s Shaolin Death Squad’s Intelligent Design.



Anne Feeney

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Anne Feeney’s If I Can’t Dance ranges from traditional folk to rock ’n’ roll to rap to a Spanish ballad.


Bob Margolin

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As with most blues, feel and sound matter more than lyrics. The words don’t always matter because the emotion in every real blues song is, in some way, about stumbling down an alley and hitting a wall you didn’t know was th...



Aimee Mann

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When an interminably melancholic and arty rock singer-songwriter like Aimee Mann releases an album of yuletide tunes, you have to wonder: Whatever happened to Christmas?


Rob Baird & the Whiskey Reunion

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Having a country-rock scene as thriving as the Fort’s spells great news for musical connoisseurs and not-so-great news for artists just emerging into it. In many cases, talent alone doesn’t cut it.