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  • 4 years ago

    There's so much great music coming out of Mali these days, but it's the nomadic Saharan collective Tinariwen who conjure the most inexorably compelling spells. The music of these Tuareg warriors (several of them fought as rebel soldiers) came to w...

  • 6 years ago

    "Our lives are buried in snow," Alela Diane cries on "White Diamonds," from her second album, To Be Still. Her rustic folk tunes are often as magical as the natural wonders she evokes, with her lilting vocals and stark acoustic guitar threaded wit...

  • 7 years ago

    For the recording of Heartless Bastards' third album, The Mountain (to be released on Fat Possum Records in January), Erika Wennerstrom had to come to Texas to find her dream Ohio band. The singer-guitarist left her previous lineups behind when sh...

  • 7 years ago

    Cat Power kicks off her January-released CD, Jukebox, with a remake of John Kander and Fred Ebb's standard "Theme from New York, New York," but given the track's sultry, Stax-y R&B makeover and coolly rumbling keyboards, perhaps she should call he...

  • 7 years ago

    "Look out, Sunshine, here's the punch line/No one gets you anymore," Jon Fratelli announces on the new Fratellis album, Here We Stand. Perhaps he's commenting on the changes surrounding his Scottish band's sudden rise to fame in the wake of 2006's...

  • 7 years ago

    As tripped out as Curt and Cris Kirkwood were in the early '80s, when the Meat Puppets were still a crazed psychedelic thrash-spazz band, there was another pair of brothers in Phoenix who were even weirder and ultimately more musically multidimens...

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