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Valerie Sassyfrass, Blast Off! A Cosmic Cabaret (Independent)

We’ve seen this before: A talented musician toils in obscurity for lo these many years, until suddenly, almost accidentally, she trips over her formula for success. But in just that […]

One South Lark, Japanese Soda / Excuses (Independent)

The ghost of the Smiths, or rather whatever’s left of Morrissey’s muse at this point, haunts this single from last summer: Track one has the punky energy of the Vapors’ […]

Noah Young, Splinter (Album Reviews)

Modern NOLA jazz bands often come in one of three flavors: your studious post-bop types, who approach the music purely from a technical perspective (lots of solo spotlights), the acid-jazz […]

Sam Price & the True Believers, Dragonfly (Independent)

Roots-rocker Sam Price leads his outfit into its first full album a little less eager to make you dance. Still,  Sam’s True Believers prove plenty capable of moving feet with […]

John Fogerty: Living in His Own Head

The legacy of John Fogerty can’t be overstated when it comes to American roots music. His songs, both solo and with Creedence Clearwater Revival, sum up most of what’s great […]

Crazy Whisky, Crazy Whisky

    Most traditional bluegrass is gothic as, er, hell, staring death right in the face with a firm grounding of tradition and unshakeable faith. But for the members of […]

The Dirty Rain Revelers, Spark (Independent)

Gently floating, half-asleep, somewhere between Mazzy Star’s So Tonight That I Might See, the Cowboy Junkies’ The Trinity Session, and Robert Plant and Alison Krauss’ Raising Sand is this album, […]

Dale Watson, Call Me Lucky (Compass Records)

You can’t fault Dale Watson’s credibility as a rock-ribbed country traditionalist. Born into poverty, on the road at 14, owner of not one but two honky-tonks, he even drives a […]

Big Al and the Heavyweights, World Full of Trouble (EllerSoul Records)

Despite its title, Big Al and the Heavyweights’ latest is the CD that care forgot (sorry), a collection of exactly the sane kind of goodtime blues you’ve come to expect […]

Louie Ludwig, The Things You Done on a Mardi Gras Day (ZZI Music)

The great Mardi Gras anthems all physically sound like a parade is underway—it’s not just about the beat, but the atmosphere, which is not as easy to create in the […]