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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...

David Kimbrough Jr.

David Kimbrough Jr.’s mix of old-time blues soul sounds on Shell-Shocked undoubtedly reflects the influence of his father Junior Kimbrough’s hypnotic blues groove. The...

Chris Knight

Music that listeners are supposed to take seriously often comes from obscure artists who write dark songs. While Chris Knight is critically praised, the...

Charlie Musselwhite

Delta Hardware is hard-edged, harmonica-laced, electric blues from the bottom of Charlie Musselwhite’s roots (Mississippi Delta via Memphis and Chicago). Musselwhite, who recently settled...

Sam Bush

The difference between bluegrass and newgrass is kinda like the difference between rockabilly and early rock ’n’ roll: The latter, at its best, draws...