Jonny Burke: Distance And Fortune

Austin singer/songwriter Jonny Burke’s debut is an impressive affair as he goes from Stones-like rock ’n’ roll in the first two tracks to surefire country twang (accent on believability and tradition, with a left-field hippie aesthetic). Produced by Marc Ford (Black Crowes) with an earthy acoustic underbelly that puts Burke’s …

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The Bridge: National Bohemian

For their third album, this eclectic and soulful rockin’ Baltimore sextet has brought in Steve Berlin to produce these 11 originals and it’s made a big difference. For just as Berlin’s band, Los Lobos, stretches the boundaries of genres, so does The Bridge.

There’s two keys to just how special …

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Cracked Latin: In Situ: Live At Iridium

The bi-lingual cover of the Stones’ “Let’s Spend The Night Together” done as a salsa complete with horns and shaking maracas as if Mick turned into Ricky Martin is alone worth the price of admission. Cracked Latin is one ass-shaking big band of seven whose wailing horns, rock sensibility and …

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Vinicius Cantuaria And Bill Frisell: Lagrimas Mexicanas

There’s no telling what kind of music American guitarist Bill Frisell will come up with next. He’s been The Man for quite awhile now, fusing elements of prog, jazz, world, classical and ambient. He’s collaborated with avant-garde saxophonist John Zorn for 11 albums, been a leader on 29 albums of …

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The Bee Gees: Mythology

This 4-CD boxed set celebrates the 50th anniversary of Australia’s first family of pop. Each of the brothers Gibb gets his own disc. Barry picked 21 of his “personal favorites” (as did Robin). Widow Yvonne and her two children picked out the 20 songs on the disc representing Maurice Gibb …

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Mike Daly & The Planets: The Cosmic Adventures of Manboy

On the opening track of his first solo project after 20 years with Every Damn Day, Daly, a longtime Jersey rocker and former Aquarian Weekly editor, asks that musical question “how’d ya like to grab the knife that’s been jammed into my back?” “No Simple Task” is aggressively strummed acoustic …

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Paul McCartney & Wings: Band On The Run (Expanded Edition)

Sure, Band On The Run is easily Wings’ best album but this three-disc expanded edition adds precious little to the original 1973 release.

Yes, it’s been remastered and sounds great but the second CD, besides containing the totally rockin’ “Helen Wheels,” has little else of worth that isn’t already on …

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Jimi Hendrix: West Coast Seattle Boy – The Jimi Hendrix Anthology

This is the box fans have been salivating over in anticipation. We knew it was there. We just didn’t know when it would ever come out. The turning point came when Jimi’s sister, Janie, took control of the hundreds of hours of master recordings that will continue to provide us …

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Bruce Springsteen: The Promise: The Darkness On The Edge Of Town Story

Bruce Springsteen was something of a slave driver during the recording of 1978’s Darkness On The Edge Of Town. The follow-up to his Born To Run “superstar album” would be three years in the making, three of the most painful years in his career due to a lawsuit with …

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Interview with Trombone Shorty: Born In The Tradition

When Troy Andrews was four years old, he was onstage in his historic sixth ward New Orleans neighborhood now known as Treme. By five, he was jamming with Bo Diddley. By seven, he went around the world. It sure must have been a kick for the French Quarter denizens who …

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