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Ray LaMontagne

Ray LaMontagne was a critic’s favorite two years ago upon the release of his debut album, Trouble, a largely acoustic, bucolic paean to desperation...

Slayer

Since forming the early 1980s, Slayer has always been a big black cloud hovering over the music industry. Brutal and agile, precise and cold,...

Jim Lauderdale

Jim Lauderdale has been one of Nashville’s most respected songwriters for a long time, but the corporate brass never considered him much of a...

The Roots

The Roots’ live prowess and artistic versatility have never been fully harnessed on any of the hip-hop band’s several studio albums. Taken together, the...

Various artists

Kinky Friedman’s songs are known more for their titles than what the music sounds like. “They Ain’t Makin’ Jews Like Jesus Anymore” and “Get...

Nudity / Priestess

There are basically two kinds of retro bands — ones that hew closely to the old school, and ones that occasionally flip the script. Nudity...

Confusatron

Funk? Check. Jazz? Check. The kitchen sink? Check. Confusatron does a lot of everything and amazingly well. In most tunes, the eight-piece ferociously bites downbeats,...

Randy Rogers Band

Every decade or so, a new regional renegade comes along to symbolize Texas Music’s swaggering side, a la Jerry Jeff Walker in the 1970s,...

Sufjan Stevens

Writing a definitive Sufjan Stevens review is almost as ambitious as Stevens’ intent to write, record, and release 50 albums themed after each U.S....

Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys

Anybody who’s ever seen old black-and-white cartoons and paid any attention to the background music understands the joyous appeal of jazz swing, especially its...