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Airpushers

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On the surface, the reserved euphoria that permeates Themes for the Ordinarily Strange by the Los Angeles duo Airpushers suggests any number of rock-influenced rap bands (or rap-influenced rock bands). But listen a little deepe...


Big Bill Broonzy

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Big Bill Broonzy claims, “All songs in the world that you sing are folk songs, because horses don’t sing.” On the straightforward solo acoustic Amsterdam Live Concerts 1953, he offers originals and interpretations, many o...



Bruce Hornsby

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There is a gravity to Bruce Hornsby’s piano rock ’n’ jazz, not an oppressive gravity that holds the listener down but one that keeps both feet firmly on the ground and under mostly blue skies. Not a trivial gravity, eithe...


James Hunter

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When sung by white folks, old-school soul and R&B is often called “blue-eyed soul,” especially in reference to a pasty Englishman like James Hunter who digs that sound. It’s easy to listen to … Believe What I S...



Madeleine Peyroux

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In 2004, eight years after her debut, Madeleine Peyroux released her second album, Careless Love, and finally earned the recognition she deserved. While the first, Dreamland, featured a killer roster of musicians, from James Ca...


Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin

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Somewhere amid the musical handiwork of Elliott Smith, Weezer, and The Shins, you’ll find a similarly inspired, indie-ish-for-life, guitar-based Missouri quartet sporting a cheeky moniker in tribute to the first president of ...



Darling New Neighbors

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Listening to music is usually a subjective experience, but certain rules and boundaries apply to performing it. Songwriting is not for the weak of heart, but as with Darling New Neighbors’ singer Elizabeth Jackson, the craft ...


Pepper

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There’s this scene in Blue Crush where surfer girl Anne-Marie Chadwick goes to rescue lil’ sis Penny from a house party on Oahu’s North Shore. Penny, naturally, is pissed, being yanked by her big sister out of what appear...



Buddy Guy

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As one of the masters of the blues, Buddy Guy has honored, enlivened, and extended the genre during his 50-year career. The three-c.d., one-DVD box set Can’t Quit the Blues spans most of Guy’s career, from the early straigh...


Waylon Jennings

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Longtime Waylon fans remember his first starring role on the Silver Screen, in a 1966 movie in which he portrayed an up-and-coming singer. Yet looking back on those Nashville Rebel days, you don’t see a man all that rebellious.