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Music, Reviewed Various Artists

Various Artists

Jim Henson, Sesame Street's visionary founder and lead puppeteer, was famous for never looking back. Bursting with creativity, Henson moved so swiftly from one project to the next that little attention was given to curating the countless musical albums that…
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Music, Reviewed The Beatles

The Beatles

The common wisdom regarding the Beatles' final record, Let It Be -- which was released in 1970 to a dispirited public and critical response -- is that it was tarted up and defiled by the evil pop producer Phil Spector,…
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Music, Reviewed Willie and Family/Willie Nelson & Friends

Willie and Family/Willie Nelson & Friends

As altcountry forefather Willie Nelson celebrates his 70th year of raising hell, a flood of welcome reissues and new recordings greets loyal fans, highlighting his dual role as a hick-music trailblazer and a defender of traditions. Through nearly 50 years…
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Music, Hear This Hear This

Hear This

Possibly the most revered Brazilian musician alive, Bahian guitarist João Gilberto changed the face of modern popular music when he unveiled the "bossa nova," or new wave, back in the late 1950s. As detailed in Ruy Castro's magnificent, recently translated…
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Music, Reviewed Gillian Welch

Gillian Welch

It's been two years since Gillian Welch's last album, the dense, masterful Time (The Revelator), floored fans and recent converts, and three years since her cameos in O Brother, Where Art Thou? and its accompanying soundtrack, road show, and concert…
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Music, Reviewed Uncle Tupelo

Uncle Tupelo

Three records that many see as foundational to the current altcountry boom, the once hard-to-find early albums of a Midwestern band known as Uncle Tupelo are now available for fans to re-examine, each complete with bonus tracks that reveal its…
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Music, Reviewed Rosanne Cash

Rosanne Cash

It's been seven years since Rosanne Cash recorded her last album, the critically acclaimed 10 Song Demo, which found the former Top 10 country star retreating into an introspective singer/songwriter style, seemingly abandoning the hit-making formulas of her youth. During…
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Music, Reviewed Lucinda Williams

Lucinda Williams

Altcountry singer/songwriter Lucinda Williams often requires listeners to give her work the benefit of the doubt; on her seventh album, World Without Tears, she practically demands it. On this raspy outing, Williams masks her trademark high-quality songsmithing behind a veil…
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Music, The Bard of Tomales Bay

The Bard of Tomales Bay

There's something about the backwoods of Marin County -- maybe it's the air or the water or all those old, green trees -- that brings out the mythopoetic, mystic, dreamy side of so many artists, and musicians in particular. When…
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Music, Hear This Hear This

Hear This

Of all the Cuban music celebrities to emerge out of Wim Wenders' landmark documentary Buena Vista Social Club, vocalist Ibrahim Ferrer may have made the deepest impression, especially on audiences unfamiliar with his long history at the heart of Cuban…
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Music, Reviewed The Be Good Tanyas

The Be Good Tanyas

Folk music, perhaps more than any other genre, walks a fine line between the impishly clever and the cloyingly precious. On the first Be Good Tanyas album, 2001's Blue Horse, the Vancouver all-gal trio teetered over both sides of the…
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    Sub Pop recording artists 'clipping.' brought their brand of noise-driven experimental hip hop to the closing night of 2016's San Francisco Electronic Music Fest this past Sunday. The packed Brava Theater hosted an initially seated crowd that ended the night jumping and dancing against the front of the stage. The trio performed a set focused on their recently released Sci-Fi Horror concept album, 'Splendor & Misery', then delved into their dancier and more aggressive back catalogue, and recent single 'Wriggle'. Opening performances included local experimental electronic duo 'Tujurikkuja' and computer music artist 'Madalyn Merkey.'"

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