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  • 9 years ago

    When bands and relationships mix, there's usually a divorce lawyer lurking behind the drum riser. Consider the romantic dysfunction that made Fleetwood Mac everyone's favorite arena-rock soap opera of the late '70s. What about the "I'm leaving you...

  • 13 years ago

    Last September, Roger Clyne organized a gathering at a southern Arizona fairgrounds to celebrate the Festival of the Chubascos--chubascos being shorter and fiercer Mexican versions of the monsoons that Arizonans contend with every year. The part o...

  • 14 years ago

    "I'm in the mud, and the mud's in me." So sings North Mississippi Allstars front man Luther Dickinson near the end of the Allstars' sophomore album, 51 Phantom. On the one hand, it's a declaration of loyalty to the band's Mississippi Hill Country ...

  • 14 years ago

    Just as in World War II, France has spent much of the rock era standing on the sidelines. While England and America carved up most of the Western pop empire between themselves, France was a musical irrelevancy: a land of accordions, Maurice Cheval...

  • 14 years ago

    One of the most encouraging developments in pop music over the last few years has been the emergence of a mini-movement of artsy, bohemian, female R&B singers. This club--which includes Jill Scott, Erykah Badu, Lauryn Hill and Macy Gray--is fairly...

  • 14 years ago

    It's hard to imagine a more self-effacing guitar hero than Doug Martsch. The leader and driving force of Built to Spill--Boise, Idaho's greatest claim to musical immortality--Martsch brings to mind Robert Christgau's old line (in reference to T-Bo...

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