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Vetiver-To Find Me Gone

Decristina Stair If you haven’t heard of Devendra Banhart, maybe you heard of him from that short-haired cutie who played his songs at Borders on your night off. Or if you were disgusted by his performance in Dallas. But this stuff is catching on.   I knew him before that, when the songs were cut

Tom Petty-Highway Companion

American Though Tom Petty’s career with the Heartbreakers is legendary, his best work has arguably come on his solo outings, “Full Moon Fever” and “Wildflowers.” His third solo album, “Highway Companion,” is another finely crafted collection of songs, though it’s noticeably more somber than the former two.   Petty’s been through some rough times in

Tab Benoit-Brother to the Blues

Telarc How can I not say nice things about a guy who does a fantastic cover of Sam Cooke’s “Bring It on Home to Me,” without a doubt one of the best songs ever? The answer is, I can’t.   “Brother to the Blues,” guitarist Tab Benoit’s new album, mixes blues, country, rock ‘n’ roll

Frank Black-Fast Man Raider Man

Back Porch The ongoing metamorphosis of Frank Black takes another interesting turn in “Fast Man Raider Man,” a two-disc outing in which the former Pixies front man veers further away from the diabolical shrieks that made him famous.   Like last year’s “Honeycomb,” this latest batch of songs from Black brings together an assemblage of

Current 93-Black Ships Ate the Sky

Durtro/Jnana Like Antony Hegarty and his Johnsons, Current 93’s “Black Ships Ate the Sky” comes from a place so dark, it’s hard to imagine the melodious cubism being consistently imagined by the artists (in this case, industrial veteran David Tibet and the many guests introduced here). Here, “Sunset” bows down to cello with chivalric Tibetan

Dr. John-Right Place, Right Time: Live at Tipitina’s – Mardi Gras ’89

Hyena/Skinji Brim A lot of New Orleans music tends to have several common qualities: kinda jazzy, kinda funky and lotsa fun.   One of the best-known ambassadors of the New Orleans sound, Dr. John, and his music tend to embody these same qualities. That’s more than evident on “Right Place, Right Time,” the newly released

Stolen Babies-There Be Squabbles Ahead

No Comment Stolen Babies is a four-piece art school outfit from sunny Los Angeles, where a lot of it happens. Stolen Babies’ debut CD is a fantastic combo platter of circus music, old school horror movie jams, pop, goth, new wave, funk-rock, hardcore, screamcore, show-hall jazz and fierce rock ‘n’ roll.   Lead singer Dominique

Sonic Youth-Rather Ripped

Geffen It’s hard to hate an album when the hottest bassist in rock history tells her daughter “you keep me coming home again” while Thurston Moore and Lee Ranaldo tightly wind the baby’s stationary with deft riffs, classic Sonic Youth guitar atmospherics  and drums that rumble and subdue with ease.   But this album isn’t

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