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Fri, 15 Jun 2012 07:00:00 -0400Soul music is rooted in gritty perseverance, so pairing up stalwarts Bettye LaVette and Charles Walker works on so many levels, it's a miracle it hasn't happened until now. "Yours and Mine" is an exhilarating affirmation of the power to prevail.
Thu, 14 Jun 2012 07:00:00 -0400"Candy Girl" sounds like a shoegazer's modern take on Berlin's "Take My Breath Away" — the song that soundtracked the makeout scene in Top Gun. Cool but still beautiful, it's touching, revealing and almost painfully intimate.
Wed, 13 Jun 2012 07:00:00 -0400Ambiguous words, delivered with earnest passion, lend special power to "Airline Living." It's the sort of song that's sure to force different meanings onto different people, depending upon their place in life and state of mind.
Tue, 12 Jun 2012 07:00:00 -0400In "That Time Is Gone," guitarist, part-time lead vocalist and pop-music legend Peter Holsapple lays bare the anxiety of re-assembling an act that was never much more than a cult phenomenon.
Mon, 11 Jun 2012 07:00:00 -0400In few words, "Be Good" profiles two people who love and trust each other deeply, who share their dreams and secret shames, but who would rather shotgun beers together than make out.
Fri, 08 Jun 2012 07:00:00 -0400"Dark Steering" flirts subtly with the sounds of modern dubstep, mixing them with atmospheric squeals and detailed drum programming. The result is an unbelievably fitting soundtrack for a life-or-death motorcycle race through neon-lit city streets.
Thu, 07 Jun 2012 07:00:00 -0400In his strangely affecting, minimalist rock paean "We Are All Teenagers," Fite sketches out a spare electric riff with a reverb-y '50s rock air as he nails the adolescent unease that lingers into adulthood.
Wed, 06 Jun 2012 07:00:00 -0400From The Money Store, "I've Seen Footage" seems to run the beats from Tone Loc's "Wild Thing" and Salt-n-Pepa's "Push It" through a rusty meat grinder. Meanwhile, MC Ride catalogs the paranoia and police brutality that drove him to the insanity the song exemplifies.
Tue, 05 Jun 2012 07:00:00 -0400Singer-songwriter Nick Zammuto spent most of the '00s as one half of the experimental folk duo The Books. In "Idiom Wind," working at the head of a new project, he tells the story of a man who needs to get his hands dirty.
Mon, 04 Jun 2012 07:00:00 -0400The hook in "Broke It, Buy It" is insidiously catchy enough to ricochet through your head for days. Levy concludes with the implication that our inability to accept our failings causes more unhappiness than the failures themselves as we chase retail solutions — "we broke it, so we buy it."
Fri, 01 Jun 2012 07:00:00 -0400In "Marinèt," Cyrille and master percussionist Frisner Augustin collaborate on a breezy but intense Haitian folk tune, focused on Alix Pascal's gentle twoubadou guitar and Augustin's exacting but joyous chant and maman drumming.
Thu, 31 May 2012 07:00:00 -0400The late-'80s song "Presidente," recently reissued on a "minimal wave" compilation, sounds both dated and futuristic. With discontented vocal samples and drum machines creating a sinister backdrop, it closes with a stately march that practically glides across headphones as it ends.
Wed, 30 May 2012 07:00:00 -0400A Toronto-based jazz trio whose approach to the genre has angered aficionados and grabbed the attention of young fans, BADBADNOTGOOD carries on jazz's rich tradition of reinvention and provocation in "UWM."
Tue, 29 May 2012 07:00:00 -0400In the frayed, exhausted "Child," K-Holes' members wield their own unique sort of holler.
Fri, 25 May 2012 07:00:00 -0400Few can turn tales from the outer limits into catchy songs quite like Prophet does in "The Left Hand and the Right Hand." He's as original as the oddball characters he brings to life.