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Pretty Girls Make Graves

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“Pop!” goes the hot Seattle-raised quintet Pretty Girls Make Graves, and their fans seem pretty divided. PGMG always resembled a more canny, if less ballsy, version of Sleater-Kinney, and on Elan Vital, they sound poised to...


White Whale

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White Whale’s bio reads like a parody of the worst press releases. In a few hundred words, the band is compared to a seemingly random assortment of groups, from Badfinger to Black Sabbath to Big Star. The reader is then treat...



Elvis White

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On Promise, a seductive reggae album with strong hip-hop elements, Elvis White urges listeners to think positively — and then urges himself to seduce that woman whose body (or maybe it’s all of her) he just wants to love.


Soledad Brothers

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Judging from the sleeve inside The Hard Walk by Detroit’s Soledad Brothers, you’d think you’d be in for something really special. The list of instruments includes such exotic specimens as fuzz piano, sitar, and vibraslap....



The Ho Chi Men

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Just when you thought nu metal was dead (and it is), along come The Ho Chi Men, trying to resurrect it.


Chatterton

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Whatever doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. Chatterton’s first commercial release, a self-titled e.p., is testimony to that old adage right out the gate. The first track, “A Good Place to Start,” is exactly what it sa...



Johnny Cash

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Johnny Cash’s career stretched over 50 years, but he saved the best for last. In his final decade, the music he recorded with rock and rap producer Rick Rubin at the helm — the American Series — includes many of his best ...


Chris Knight

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Music that listeners are supposed to take seriously often comes from obscure artists who write dark songs. While Chris Knight is critically praised, the general public wouldn’t know him from, say, Gary Nicholson.



David Kimbrough Jr.

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David Kimbrough Jr.’s mix of old-time blues soul sounds on Shell-Shocked undoubtedly reflects the influence of his father Junior Kimbrough’s hypnotic blues groove. The elder Kimbrough died in 1998 at the age of 67, spending...


Charlie Musselwhite

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Delta Hardware is hard-edged, harmonica-laced, electric blues from the bottom of Charlie Musselwhite’s roots (Mississippi Delta via Memphis and Chicago). Musselwhite, who recently settled in the Sonoma County wine country of ...