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There’s really nothing like Gorillaz. The virtual band began in 1988 as a side-project of Blur frontman Daman Albarn and his good friend, the animator Jamie Hewlett. It started primarily as … more
One of the more puzzling examples of culture lost in translation is the British musical act that fails to make a popular dent in the states. Plenty of acts from the British Isles are received … more
For his 8th studio album, Ray LaMontagne performed, recorded and mixed everything himself. by Pete Mazzaccaro In late 2004, an unknown Maine singer songwriter named Ray LaMontagne, who had quit his … more
The Bad Plus (from left) is comprised of Reid Anderson, Dave King and Mt. Airy native Orrin Evans. by Pete Mazzaccaro I would normally follow the critical convention of calling this a “best of” … more
  Gabi Garbutt by Pete Mazzaccaro To the impressive list of fantastic records by women in 2019, please add “The Discredited Language of Angels,” the debut album by Gabi Garbutt and the … more
R.E.M.’s new ‘Monster’ set marks the album’s 25th anniversary.[/caption] by Pete Mazzaccaro There’s a pretty good case to be made that R.E.M. is the most important band of the post punk … more
Durand Jones & the Indications[/caption] by Pete Mazzaccaro The argument that pop music has gotten worse over time is a case every generation has made of the one to come after it. We hear new … more
Liam Gallagher returns for sophomore solo effort “Why Me? Why Not.”[/caption] by Pete Mazzaccaro Twenty-five years and one month ago, Oasis roared onto the musical landscape with its debut … more
Frankie Cosmos (from left) Drummer Luke Pyenson, singer , guitarist Greta Kline, keyboardist and backing vocalist Lauren Martin and bassist Alex Bailey. (Photo by Jackie Lee Young) by Pete … more
Esther Rose (Photo by Rush Jagoe) by Pete Mazzaccaro I won’t pretend to be an expert on country music. I am a fan of the genre’s most rootsy practitioners. Among my favorites: Willie Nelson’s … more
The Regrettes (from left) bass player Brooke Dickson, guitarist Genessa Gariano, lead singer and guitarist Lydia Night and drummer Drew Thomsen. by Pete Mazzaccaro In the past few years, the most … more
The Flaming Lips by Pete Mazzaccaro There’s really no band like The Flaming Lips. A noisy, artsy punk rock group when it was formed in Oklahoma 1983, it scored a hit in 1993 with “She Don’t … more
by Pete Mazzaccaro Bleached: Don’t You Think You’ve Had Enough? Whenever I hear a band described as “punk rock,” I expect the worst. It’s not that I dislike the form. I’m just a skeptic. … more
The Raconteurs (from left) Jack Lawrence, Jack White, Patrick Keeler and Brendan Benson. by Pete Mazzaccaro It’s only natural that two of the leading keepers of the guitar rock flame these last 20 … more
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