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Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Electrified addictions, yeah!

Posted By on Wed, Apr 26, 2006 at 12:00 AM

When the Riverboat Gamblers released Something to Crow About in 2003, they were a bunch of crazies from Texas playing chicken-fried street punk; their MO was self-abuse, volatility and moving too fast for the hangover to catch up. To the Confusion of Our Enemies is another open-throttle, ruckus-raising thrill, but...

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Gospel Music

Posted By on Wed, Apr 26, 2006 at 12:00 AM

Liner notes could have told you that Sam Cooke is one of the Soul Stirrers heard here and that Wilson Pickett was once a member of the Violinaires. The notes could have expounded on the Golden Gate Jubilee Quartet as a link between barbershop quartets and gospel to come. The...

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Under a Billion Suns

Posted By on Wed, Apr 26, 2006 at 12:00 AM

Like crotchety grandfathers, Mudhoney is full of sage advice. Mark Arm's lyrics are pretty political on Under a Billion Suns, the band's second effort for Sub Pop since returning to their original label in 2002. But the brothers Mud do the political shuffle like they do everything else — with...

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Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Champ walks the talk

Posted By on Wed, Apr 19, 2006 at 12:00 AM

"That's the one thing you niggas gotta get right," Champtown declares on "So What You Say." "You catch cases, I catch flights." He's describing his life as "an insane CEO." Apparently it's difficult being the east side's kingshit emcee and the coordinator for a roster full of releases — you...

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Reverse

Posted By on Wed, Apr 19, 2006 at 12:00 AM

A couple of years ago in this very space, yours truly genuflected before L.A.-based girl-guy act the Dagons, citing third album Teeth For Pearls' psychedelic brand of garage and Bad Seeds-esque noir-pop as evidence that this was more than just another post-White Stripes guitar 'n' drum act. True, the Dagons...

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Who Knows? Live in Concert: 2000-2004

Posted By on Wed, Apr 19, 2006 at 12:00 AM

'Round about 2002-3, Andrew WK made a noble attempt to rescue the word "party" from thick-necked mooks in much the same way gays rescued "queer" from bigots. And in many ways he pulled it off, spearheading an unironic embrace of good old-fashioned Chuck E. Cheese-meets-Harpo's Fun (capitalization emphasized). This DVD...

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Passover

Posted By on Wed, Apr 19, 2006 at 12:00 AM

Among the bands vying for MVP status at South By Southwest this past March was Austin's own Black Angels, performing six shows over the course of four days, including one memorable gig where Brian Jonestown Massacre guru Anton Newcombe jumped onstage. Each time out, the group's heavy-duty fuzz-drone assault proved...

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Can

Posted By on Wed, Apr 19, 2006 at 12:00 AM

Purporting to offer viewers "All things Can," this exhaustive — and exhausting — 2-disc set culls together every bit of footage you could ever want and a bunch you may not. Can is one of those legendary bands, like the Fall after them, that all hipsters love because they broke...

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My Flame Burns Blue

Posted By on Wed, Apr 19, 2006 at 12:00 AM

When Rhino bundled every album of Elvis Costello's entire catalog with a bonus disc that collected up every conceivable outtake, b-side, demo and live cut, it left even diehard fans who followed Elvis through every genre jump with the feeling that maybe they've heard enough Costello for one lifetime. On...

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Wednesday, April 12, 2006

No steam-cleaned suits!

Posted By on Wed, Apr 12, 2006 at 12:00 AM

The reason pop heads steer clear of the traditional blues is that it offers no surprises — you know exactly where the chords will fall and how the narrative will end. Then some guy will tell you how his woman is messing up his head but he's going to play...

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