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  • Carrie Underwood | Bo Bice

    published December 15, 2005

    This year's edition of American Idol--the show's fourth season since igniting a tele-musical frenzy in 2002--was something of a triumph for... More >>

  • Jingle Jam 2005

    published December 15, 2005

    A virtual crash course in current Southern hip-hop, 97.9 The Beat's holiday blowout rounds up an impressive array of Dixie's hustle-and-flow men... More >>

  • Kenny Chesney

    published December 1, 2005

    In "Who You'd Be Today," a slo-mo ballad from his new album, Kenny Chesney wonders what life would have dealt a handful of dead people if they... More >>

  • A Grown and Sexy Christmas

    published December 1, 2005

    Looking for a more intimate experience than sitting on Santa's lap at the mall this holiday season? A Grown and Sexy Christmas brings three R&B... More >>

  • Japanther

    published December 1, 2005

    Dip into any scuzzy indie-punk dive right now, and you're bound to bump into a noise-rock two-piece. They seem to spawn out of beer-stained floors... More >>

  • Kate Bush

    published November 24, 2005

    Kate Bush's latest arrives loaded with topical anticipation. The overdue follow-up to The Red Shoes, Aerial is the English... More >>

  • The Rolling Stones, Merle Haggard

    published November 24, 2005

    The conventional wisdom on A Bigger Bang is that it finds the Rolling Stones getting back in touch with their scrappy band-in-a-room roots,... More >>

  • Martina McBride

    published November 10, 2005

    On her new Timeless, a self-produced collection of covers of classic country tunes, Martina McBride pays tribute to the music of her (and... More >>

  • Depeche Mode

    published November 3, 2005

    Depeche Mode's new album begins with a bang--15 seconds of harsh, grinding, construction-site screech seemingly designed to quell suspicions that... More >>

  • Destroying Babylon

    published July 7, 2005

    For the record, Efrem Schulz does not regularly hang with Gwen Stefani. "We've been to Europe and talked to people from magazines, and it's really... More >>

  • The Backstreet Boys

    published July 7, 2005

    Here's the thing about comeback album titles that act like the album in question isn't a comeback: The gimmick doesn't work. On the first... More >>

  • Vic Chesnutt

    published June 30, 2005

    Perhaps it's thanks to some high-profile collaborators, but southern Gothic singer-songwriter Vic Chesnutt compels in a way he hasn't in years on... More >>

  • Comets on Fire, The Double

    published June 30, 2005

    Bay Area psych-rock freakazoids Comets on Fire do a pretty good job of blowing up your skirt on record. Blue Cathedral, their 2004 Sub Pop... More >>

  • Athlete

    published June 23, 2005

    The cover of this London quartet's 2003 debut, Vehicles & Animals, depicts a stairway of trash spiraling toward heaven--an apt visual... More >>

  • Rogue Wave, Helio Sequence, Voxtrot

    published June 23, 2005

    Like its Sub Pop labelmates The Shins, San Francisco's Rogue Wave weaves enough inverted-world details into its tuneful guitar-pop on zippy debut... More >>

  • Karrin Allyson

    published June 23, 2005

    Kansas City-reared jazz singer Karrin Allyson isn't quite as pop as some of her better-selling peers. Rather, she leans toward artists like Diana... More >>

  • The Dead 60s

    published June 16, 2005

    The 1960s might be dead in this Liverpool quartet's world, but the late '70s and early '80s are alive and kicking on its self-titled debut, which... More >>

  • Keane, Regina Spektor

    published June 16, 2005

    Keane never thought this day would come. For the past two years, Coldplay fans dealt with the long wait for third album X&Y by listening to... More >>

  • Louis XIV

    published June 9, 2005

    Tooling around the Tower of London a few months ago, I had the pleasure of beholding a suit of armor worn by Henry VIII. The highlight? An... More >>

  • Aqualung

    published June 9, 2005

    Aqualung is a polite British fellow called Matthew Hales. Like many other polite British fellows influenced by but not terribly interested in... More >>

  • Mary Timony

    published June 9, 2005

    A few days before hitting Denton on her current headlining tour, former Helium front woman Mary Timony will have wrapped up a series of West Coast... More >>

  • Shelby Lynne

    published June 2, 2005

    Perhaps Shelby Lynne should have called her new album Suits Herself. After two records defined in large part by the sonic stamps of the... More >>

  • Mae, The Academy Is...

    published June 2, 2005

    The Everglow, the new album by Virginia-based emo quintet Mae, is the well-meaning counterpart to My Chemical Romance's Three Cheers for... More >>

  • Ted Leo, the Oranges Band

    published June 2, 2005

    Ted Leo's about as dependable an indie-rock show as you'll see: The thoughtful, rocking New Jersey troubadour sings so hard you can see the... More >>

  • Adam Richman

    published June 2, 2005

    This young Pennsylvania-based one-man band sports a pretty sweet Mohawk on the cover of its debut album, Patience and Science. But like... More >>

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