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  • Steve Turner and His Bad Ideas

    published December 23, 2004

    When it comes time to reinvent themselves, most guitar heroes just start putting out the same old trash in a flashy new can. Steve Turner, lead... More >>

  • The Gourds

    published December 23, 2004

    The Gourds have been confounding audiences with their catholic musical taste and solid musicianship for almost 10 years. They play credibly in any... More >>

  • Blanche

    published December 9, 2004

    If the Carter Family had intermarried with the Addams Family, their children might have grown up to start a band called Blanche. The band's... More >>

  • Entrance

    published December 9, 2004

    Guy Blakeslee, a.k.a. Entrance, plays left-handed on conventional guitars turned upside down, just like Jimi Hendrix. Blakeslee has also developed... More >>

  • Low Millions

    published December 2, 2004

    About five years ago, Adam Cohen, son of Leonard, released a pleasantly forgettable disc of jazz-tinged singer-songwriter material and got slammed... More >>

  • Dusty 45's

    published December 2, 2004

    The Dustys specialize in the archaic sounds of the '50s and '60s, with emphasis on the dance-happy backbeat that used to be the hallmark of the... More >>

  • New York Dolls

    published November 25, 2004

    From 1971 to 1974, the New York Dolls were the best rock 'n' roll band on the planet. They never rose above their cult following, but they planted... More >>

  • Phenomenauts

    published November 25, 2004

    Oakland's Phenomenauts produce an energetic mash of '80s dance beats -- fueled by the sci-fi sound of the theremin, the primitive synthesizer... More >>

  • Holly Williams

    published November 18, 2004

    She's Hank's granddaughter, blessed with one of country music's most famous last names, but she sounds more like a sensitive West Coast... More >>

  • Kimya Dawson

    published October 7, 2004

    Kimya Dawson was half of the Moldy Peaches, the New York City-based anti-folk supergroup she formed with Adam Green in the late '90s. The Peaches... More >>

  • Junior Brown

    published October 7, 2004

    Junior Brown is a country artist -- if you still think country means drinkin', cheatin' and hard-core honky-tonk music -- but his omnivorous... More >>

  • Mosquitos

    published September 30, 2004

    Why a trio with such a sunny, uplifting vibe named itself after one of the most annoying insects on the planet is anybody's guess, but on its... More >>

  • Steve Earle

    published September 23, 2004

    Steve Earle created a firestorm when he wrote a sympathetic song about John Walker Lindh, the "American Taliban," so he'll probably take monster... More >>

  • Nick Curran and the Nitelifes

    published September 16, 2004

    Curran and his band, the Nightlifes, sound like they just stepped out of a time machine sent back to 1949. They're all young cats, but they... More >>

  • Ben Weaver

    published September 9, 2004

    Ben Weaver is a folk/Americana songwriter, guitarist and singer with a rough sing/say voice that brings to mind the younger John Prine, a sly... More >>

  • Sam Roberts

    published September 2, 2004

    Like Dave Matthews, Canadian singer-songwriter Sam Roberts is a bit charismatically challenged. Despite his long hippie hair and Christ-like... More >>

  • Various Artists

    published August 26, 2004

    PolyGram, now a part of Universal Music, established a market presence in Brazil more than 50 years ago, and its back catalogue includes bossa... More >>

  • A Girl Called Eddy

    published August 19, 2004

    Erin Moran, a.k.a. A Girl Called Eddy, must have one heck of a record collection. This set echoes everything that made pop music exciting 40 years... More >>

  • Velvet Underground

    published August 12, 2004

    This is the Velvets' last stand, captured on a portable cassette recorder on August 23, 1970, shortly before Lou Reed left the band. Containing an... More >>

  • Roots N Blues Series

    published July 29, 2004

    Songwriter/pianist/vocalist Leroy Carr, whose two-disc CD set is one of the highlights of the new Roots N' Blues Series, was one of the first... More >>

  • Jolie Holland

    published May 6, 2004

    Two years ago, Ms. Holland sat in her bedroom with a couple of friends to demo up a couple of sophisticated folk tunes and make a CD she could... More >>

  • BR549

    published April 22, 2004

    BR549's energetic synthesis of Buck Owens and Ernest Tubb started packing 'em in during pass-the-hat gigs at Robert's Western Wear -- a Nashville... More >>

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