Steve Lehman

Album review: Steve Lehman – Dialect Fluorescent (Pi)

You can barely get through a review of Steve Lehman’s work without bumping up against the word “angular.” Hairpin turns made by the saxophonist’s horn, along with the pressurized kinetics of his… Read more

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Album Review: Amadou & Mariam – Folila (Nonesuch)

From the time they began playing, Amadou and Mariam, the adorable blind couple from Mali, waited more than two decades to experience a breakthrough in the United States. This despite… Read more

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Album review: Alabama Shakes – Boys and Girls (ATO)

Among the many assets of the Alabama Shakes is to leave the listener wanting more. At 11 songs and 36 minutes, the Northern Alabama group’s debut album Boys & Girls… Read more

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Album review – Nicki Bluhm: Driftwood (Little Knickers)

In case you missed Nicki Bluhm’s debut album,Toby’s Song in 2008, this talented San Francisco artist has grown considerably. Her first effort sticks more to a more laid back, folk… Read more

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Album review: Bruce Springsteen – Wrecking Ball (Columbia)

I think Bruce Springsteen is a vampire, really. Have you seen him on TV lately?  This man, simply refuses to age.  At 62 years old, he performs with a level… Read more

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Album review: The Eagles – Hotel California (hi-res version) HD Tracks)

Ever wonder what record was almost as iconic as Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours?  Yep, Hotel California, by the Eagles.  Just barely nudged out of the “Best Album” honor by Rumours in… Read more

Sharon Van Etten

Album review: Sharon Van Etten – Tramp (Jagjaguwar Records)

Sharon Van Etten provides many reasons why you wouldn’t want to be her—or at least, in her first-person narrator’s position—on the engrossing Tramp. The indie-rock songstress, whose excellent sophomore album,… Read more

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Album review: Jeff Beck Live at B.B. King’s Blues Club (Remaster)

Beck at his best. Friday Music, known for fairly naff recordings in the remaster arena has outdone themselves on this CD, producing a disc full of dynamics, air and clarity,… Read more

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Album review: Brooks Robertson – Into The Trees (Brooks Robertson Music)

Every now and then you take a break from your travels long enough to find treasure in your own backyard. My current home, Portland, Oregon has broken a number of… Read more