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Regina Spektor

While half-dozing on the couch recently, I faintly overheard Jay Leno introduce his night’s musical guest. Never heard of her. Zzzzz. Deep sleep was...

Jason Boland & the Stragglers

Jason Boland & the Stragglers promote themselves as country outlaws, but if their new c.d. is any indication, they might be in a transition...

The Burden Brothers

No reason to describe this one in faux-poetic terms or edu-ma-cational journalism. The Burden Brothers’ new album Mercy rocks your backside about 75 percent...

The Damnwells

The Damnwells have come a long way since recording their debut c.d., the stripped-down Bastards of the Beat, in a mini-storage unit in Manhattan....

Sunday Drive

Sunday Drive’s Needle/Eye has a solid, guitar-based indie rock vibe, but the Dallas band’s third studio album does generic indie one better by being...

Nina Simone

The very concept is a bit jarring: Take one of the most socially conscious, independent, folk-jazz, whatever-style-she-wanted-to-sing artists from the 1960s. Ask some of...

Bonnie “Prince” Billy

Multitalented artist Will Oldham has kept busy over the past couple of years. He’s acted in critically acclaimed films, including last year’s Junebug and...

Doug Sahm

Maybe Doug Sahm never became a household name because he wasn’t an easy-to-categorize, one-note musician. He wandered through blues, R&B, country, Tex-Mex, rock, and,...

Michelle Malone

Sugarfoot is one of those c.d.’s that can be inserted in the space between the blues and rock without really adding anything new to...

Yo La Tengo

After dropping a slew of compilations and covers albums (one by caller-request for a radio station pledge drive), and being met with varying reviews,...