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Various artists

In regularly exploring politics and American culture, Randy Newman’s best songwriting often walks a sardonic line between humor and insight. On the tribute album...

Andy Fairweather Low

Andy Fairweather Low’s first “solo” c.d. in 26 years, Sweet Soulful Music is obviously influenced by his long association with Eric Clapton and his...

Amistad

Combining traditional Mexican/Colombian folk styles cumbia and vallenato with bits of reggae, calypso, rock, rap, and turntable mixing and scratching, Fort Worth-based Amistad’s six-song,...

Elvis White

On Promise, a seductive reggae album with strong hip-hop elements, Elvis White urges listeners to think positively — and then urges himself to seduce...

Pretty Girls Make Graves

“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...

White Whale

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...

Soledad Brothers

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...

The Ho Chi Men

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

Chatterton

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...

Johnny Cash

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...