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Sly & the Family Stone

Sly Stone’s brief, dramatic performance at the 2006 Grammy Awards was the reclusive singer-player-writer-producer’s first major appearance since his 1993 induction into the Rock...

Daymond Callahan

Apparently more determined to explore than to hew to genre, Daymond Callahan’s Music Society is focused on inspired, professional orchestration. The dynamic, polished pianist...

Willard Grant Conspiracy

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...

Combichrist

Hell-ektro group Combichrist has long been a favorite of the fetish community. Led by Norwegian-born Andy LaPlegua, Combichrist blends dark techno, agro beats, and...

Incubus

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

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...

Bill Kirchen

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...

Shaolin Death Squad

There are concept albums, and then there’s Shaolin Death Squad’s Intelligent Design. Having something to do with the Christian Right’s illogical argument against evolution, the...

Anne Feeney

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

Bob Margolin

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...