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  • Happy Bullets

    published November 3, 2005

    Using the B-word when describing a new young band can be the kiss of death, but the sonic palette Happy Bullets use on The Vice and Virtue... More >>

  • Bobby Bare

    published October 27, 2005

    Bobby Bare's always recorded a blend of country, folk, pop and singer-songwriter material that kept fans guessing. The Moon Was Blue is no... More >>

  • Clint Black

    published October 20, 2005

    Clint Black got tired of hassling with his label a few years ago and started his own logo. This is his second outing for his own outfit (not... More >>

  • Castanets

    published October 20, 2005

    Ray Raposa, the singer-songwriter at the core of Castanets, makes oddly elusive music. The lyrics are oblique, the delivery is matter-of-fact,... More >>

  • Gogol Bordello

    published August 18, 2005

    Gogol Bordello, New York's only Ukrainian Gypsy punk band, has a planetary musical vision. The band's strong Ukrainian roots -- evidenced by the... More >>

  • Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

    published August 18, 2005

    Fans expecting more crushing feedback, pile-driver drumming and arty, late-'90s-style British bluster will be shocked by the quiet, introspective... More >>

  • The Fleshtones

    published August 11, 2005

    It's hard to believe that the Fleshtones have been at it for 30 years. Beachhead sounds as youthful, snotty and out of control as anything... More >>

  • ZUCO 103

    published August 11, 2005

    Brazilian chanteuse Lilian Vieira went to study voice in Rotterdam, where she met drummer Stefan Kruger and keyboard wiz Stefan Schmid. And... More >>

  • Danny Barnes

    published August 4, 2005

    You could file Danny Barnes' new album under folk, blues, old time, alt-country or gospel, but there isn't a single category that defines his... More >>

  • The Knitters

    published July 7, 2005

    The Knitters -- X members John Doe, Exene Cervenka and D.J. Bonebrake, augmented by then-Blaster Dave Alvin and current Red Devil Johnny Ray... More >>

  • Graham Parker

    published June 2, 2005

    Way back in 1976, Graham Parker's commanding vocal presence and acerbic songwriting -- given extra fuel by The Rumour, one of the greatest backing... More >>

  • Transglobal Underground

    published April 21, 2005

    In the 1980s, when Sunny Ade and other African stars surfaced, critics hoped their "world beat" blend of styles would lead to cultural respect and... More >>

  • Various Artists

    published April 21, 2005

    With the exception of Phil Spector, Jack Nitzsche was the greatest arranger, musician and producer of the early rock era. Unlike Spector, Nitzsche... More >>

  • Eels

    published April 14, 2005

    For most of the last year, Mark Oliver Everett, a.k.a. E, the singular talent behind the Eels, has been in his basement studio working on... More >>

  • Micah P. Hinson

    published April 14, 2005

    Hinson was raised a fundamentalist Christian, but by the time he was 19, he'd descended into his own private hell of addiction, jail and... More >>

  • John Doe

    published April 7, 2005

    With some 25 years of hindsight, the work of X sounds more and more like folk music "turned up to 11," to plagiarize a phrase. These musicians may... More >>

  • Gogol Bordello

    published April 7, 2005

    If you think the theme of sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll has been played out, a single listen to Gogol Bordello will restore your faith in the power... More >>

  • Robbers on High Street

    published March 17, 2005

    By calling itself Robbers on High Street, this Brooklyn band dares you to guess its influences, and many of them are fairly obvious. There's... More >>

  • Shooter Jennings

    published March 10, 2005

    Shooter is the son of Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter, and knows expectations can scuttle a career before it starts. Sound too much like dad and... More >>

  • The Kills

    published March 3, 2005

    In the language of analog recording, "wow" and "flutter" were terms used to describe the distortion common to the recording process. The title of... More >>

  • Los Super Seven

    published March 3, 2005

    If you were driving cross-country in the '50s and '60s, you prayed for sundown, because after dark, you picked up the signals of outlaw Mexican... More >>

  • Mando Diao

    published March 3, 2005

    The Swedish cats in Mando Diao have spent a long time with their British Invasion albums. On Bring 'Em In, their debut salvo, their... More >>

  • Los Lobos

    published March 3, 2005

    Los Lobos exploded out of the barrios of Los Angeles in 1983 with and a time to dance, a seven-song mini-album that meshed Mexican folk... More >>

  • Roky Erickson

    published February 24, 2005

    Texas-born maverick Roky Erickson is one of the great insane geniuses of rock 'n' roll. Shortly after "You're Gonna Miss Me" became a huge hit for... More >>

  • Sound Tribe Sector 9

    published February 17, 2005

    Sound Tribe Sector 9 produces elaborate live shows combining innovative visual effects with a sound that draws on elements of rock, electronica,... More >>

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