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Music, Hear This Show preview: Jonathan Lefler

Show preview: Jonathan Lefler

A quick scan of John Lefler's song titles reveals a serious sideman complex: "Hard Act to Follow," "Better Than You," "Afraid Anymore." But being the hired ax for uh-oh, Dashboard Confessional, is not as dire as it may seem: Dan…
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Music, Hear This Rickie Lee Jones

Rickie Lee Jones

Now touring with a backing trio, seasoned songwriter Rickie Lee Jones assembled recent album Balm in Gilead from material written throughout the past two decades. That includes opener "Wild Girl," which showcases her gift for economic storytelling just as much…
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Music, The Caged Bird Sings

The Caged Bird Sings

You've no doubt heard the controversy: After previewing early demos, produced by sound whiz Jon Brion, of broody pop chanteuse Fiona Apple's third album, Extraordinary Machine, the corporate hacks at Sony BMG felt they had basically flushed away nearly a…
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Music, Record Elliott Smith

Elliott Smith

After 1998's full-blown XO, Elliott Smith has pulled back a couple of notches for Figure 8. In the tradition of the DIY record maker -- albeit with a bigger budget -- the majority of the album's 16 songs are spare,…
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Fiona Apple

Fiona Apple When the Pawn... (Clean Slate/Epic) Committing to a fledgling pop star is a lot like establishing trust and intimacy with a new lover. How many times have we been jilted when a favorite artist has sold out to…
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Music, Record Various Artists

Various Artists

Various Artists Music From the Motion Picture Magnolia (Reprise) The soundtrack to Magnolia is essentially the long-awaited new album by diva of the underdogs Aimee Mann; nine of the album's 13 songs are hers. Director Paul Thomas Anderson (Boogie Nights,…
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