Michael Roberts

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  • 6 years ago | Local Wire

    Like major-league closers, modern-rock musicians tend to specialize in the high hard stuff. Still, that doesn't mean fans of the genre reject any and all softer sounds — and that's where Kevin Devine comes in. A generation ago, Devine, who h...

  • 7 years ago | Local Wire

    Transitioning from over-hyped buzz generator to perpetual powerhouse ain't easy, even for figures as charismatic as the men of Bloc Party, and the strain shows on Intimacy, the Brits' third LP. "Ares" is the sound of a band trying too hard, albeit...

  • 7 years ago | Local Wire

    Over the years, categorizers have shoved My Morning Jacket in numerous pigeonholes: jam, Southern rock, Americana, and more. Group leader Jim James doesn't much like being labeled, though, as Evil Urges, the act's latest disc, makes clear. The CD ...

  • 7 years ago | Local Wire

    Unlike many of his rap contemporaries, Rashid "Common" Lynn has matured artistically — but he had a head start. Back in 1992, when he released his debut CD, Can I Borrow a Dollar?, under the name Common Sense, he was already sage beyond his ...

  • 7 years ago | Local Wire

    My Life in the Bush of Ghosts, released in 1981 (and recently reissued), was an attempt by David Byrne and Brian Eno to forge new territory via found sounds, samples, and assorted Africanisms that foreshadowed a good many musical trends. In contra...

  • 7 years ago | Local Wire

    Singer/songwriter David Berman is as much of an ironist in life as he is in art. Note that after landing in rehab following a Xanax overdose (an act with sardonic aspects of its own), he belatedly embraced Judaism — a belief system he'd neve...