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posted: February 26, 2014

English Oceans

ATO LP, CD

In his excellent new book I’ll Take You There: Mavis Staples, the Staple Singers, and the March Up Freedom’s Highway, veteran critic Greg Kot discusses the harmonic blend of styles that distinguished the late 1960s/early 1970s era Muscle Shoals sound from every other locale in America. Read More


posted: February 25, 2009

Nada Surf – Lucky

Nada Surf are the Willy Wonka’s of pop music. They make the ear candy, mix it with love and make the music world sound good. Picking up right where 2005′s, The Weight is a Gift, left off with dreamy, catchy pop goodness; their new release, Lucky, grabs you with major pop hooks right from the first note on the opening track, “See These Bones” and it just gets better from there. Read More


posted: May 8, 2011

Neil Young – Captured Live in Chicago

Floors vibrated, metal chairs rattled, and structural beams shook at the first of a two-night stand by Neil Young at the intimate Chicago Theatre in early May. Such was the level of tonal resonance, low-frequency extension, and decibel-emboldened tenacity summoned by the iconic artist on just a handful of guitars—two very familiar to longtime fans. Read More


posted: May 22, 2012

Neil Young and Crazy Horse Americana

Reprise, CD or 180g 2LP
Neil Young and Crazy Horse

Neil Young’s electric guitar jabs, retreats, and then stabs again, frayed-wire distortion coating the clusters of notes, the intensity evoking images of a fire-eyed preacher determined to spur his congregation to sit up and take notice. There’s talk of killing a big red rooster, proclaiming “hallelujah,” and celebrating with a communal gathering. Read More


posted: October 10, 2012

Neil Young and Crazy Horse

Neil Young and Crazy Horse’s first new studio album of original material in nine years gives a symbolic middle finger to modern convention.

Its length is sprawling, its surrealist first song occupies more than 27 minutes of time, and its lyrical content casts aspersions on the present and embraces the past. Read More


posted: June 17, 2011

Neil Young’s Archives Vol. I 10-disc multimedia box set is the stuff of dreams. Specifically made for the Blu-ray disc format (the compilation is also available on 10-disc DVD and 8-CD sets, respectively), it is the most groundbreaking music release in decades-an immersive intersection of sound, vision, and interactivity that will change how bands present their history and how fans experience art. Read More


posted: March 11, 2009

Neko Case – Middle Cyclone

If you still haven’t heard Neko Case, you’re in for a treat. Like Lucinda Williams, Neko Case starts with country and folk and then springs into the clouds, making such genre distinctions irrelevant. While Williams often downplays her vocal talents with a gruff, worn rasp, Neko possesses an unusually powerful and expressive voice that will remind you of Patsy Cline and Loretta Lynn. Read More


posted: May 13, 2013

New From the National:

“I have only two emotions,” singer Matt Berninger observes early on the National’s sixth studio album.

They are extremities, he warns: “careful fear and dead devotion.” He delivers the line with his detached, broken baritone in much the same way as he has over the Brooklyn-based band’s prior five albums—with bloodshot fragility that may or may not be on the brink of paranoia. Read More


posted: January 31, 2011

Nicki Bluhm – Driftwood

In case you missed Nicki Bluhm’s debut album, Toby’s Song in 2008, this talented San Francisco artist has grown considerably. Her first effort sticks more to a more laid back, folk groove, with some serious bluegrass influences making for a very friendly record, but if you judged Bluhm on this effort you might pass her by – and that would be a big mistake. Read More


posted: July 11, 2017

Nicole Mitchell

Composer and flute virtuoso Nicole Mitchell now teaches in Southern California, but her music remains rooted in Chicago, where she recorded Mandorla Awakening II with hometown colleagues. As a former president of the city’s Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM), she reserves the right to draw on any music that interests her, remaking it in her own image, as artists everywhere so often do. Read More


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