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Portugal. The Man

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“Sell me / I’m a skeptical boy.” So opens Church Mouth, the second album by Alaska’s Portugal. The Man.


And Another Thing …

Prolific singer-songwriter James Michael Taylor has something to say. Dammit.
ANTHONY MARIANI
Little Rooster wasn’t a hero. He was a small-town constable who always wanted to play cop.



Dee Dee Bridgewater

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Dee Dee Bridgewater’s Red Earth: A Malian Journey is a masterful mix of American jazz, traditional African songs and sounds, and improvisation that documents her journey “home.” The album gets toes tapping while simultane...


Ollie-vah!

Hearsay
From the WTF? Department. Though hardly recognized as a source of insightful music criticism, Esquire magazine is still one of the best-written publications ever.



Spoon

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Britt Daniel has a broken heart. His band Spoon’s lengthy catalog of masterfully crafted pop-rock songs are proof that the man at the helm has been burned a time or two.


The Fellow Americans

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From the opening riff on Search for Numb, it’s obvious that The Fellow Americans aren’t interested in fancy production tricks or endless sonic nuances. The Fort Worth band simply rocks.



Alan Jackson

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Alan Jackson may be one of a few current country music stars whose careers will last longer than a frozen margarita or one of those fruity drinks with umbrellas.


Lil’ Brian and the Travelers

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Lil’ Brian’s music is a mix of zydeco and contemporary urban grooves — he calls it “Z-Funk.”



Musical Healing

Get Well isn’t just a solid indie-rock-jazz-funk-soul band — it’s doctor’s orders.
CAROLINE COLLIER
Get Well is an unusually health-conscious — and healthy-sized —band.


The Redwalls

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The Beatles left an immeasurable mark on popular music — there’s no denying their legacy.