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As even the most rabid supporters will begrudgingly admit, the concept of a Jimi Hendrix compilation can be a dicey proposition. The guitarist left this planet forty-three years ago – how much material could there possibly be that no one has heard before? Reissuing the classic Jimi Hendrix Experience albums and those recorded by Band Of Gypsys – and even the ones which it was reported that the guitarist was working on at the time of his death (like First...

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Tuesday, 26 February 2013
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Heartthrob comes off as a gamble which succeeded, on many levels. Tegan and Sara probably had as much indie cred as any band out there. Fifteen years of putting out their emotion-packed folk-pop gave them a solid fan base and a reputation far beyond that base for sincerity and independence. Why risk all that by joining up with producer Greg Kurstin, who had previously worked with the likes of Ke$sha, Pink and Kelly Clarkson? The twins have said they were...

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Tuesday, 26 February 2013
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Seminal prog rock band Yes will be kicking off a 26 date North American tour in early March, and fans can expect a totally new and unique Yes experience. For the first time ever, Yes will be preforming three of its most popular albums (The Yes Album, Close to the Edge, and Going for the One) in their entirety. These shows will see Yes members Chris Squire, Steve Howe, Alan White, Geoff Downes, and Jon Davison, playing some of the...

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Tuesday, 26 February 2013
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"A real fucking group… they also make fucking records. They don't just go and twiddle around on stage to make a bunch of fucking money"                                                   –Iggy PopBetter forty years later than never; The follow-up to the first record ever to...

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Monday, 25 February 2013
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One quick trip through the annals of pop and rock music history will reveal how wildly common it is for an album for be described as “ahead of its time,” but what does that really mean? That the artist who made the record had the forethought to see where music trends were headed and rushed just far enough ahead of the curve to appear visionary when everyone else caught up? Presented in that light, a record which enjoys the stature...

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Friday, 22 February 2013
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Hey you junky bastids youse,Aw, yer gonna lurve me dis week junky, no doubt about'at. Dis week, I gotta strain o' rare smack fer youse ta sample, an' I think yer gonna wanna know abottit right off cuzz'is kinda stuff has been off da market fer almos' ten years. I gotchu some new David Bowie! I gotcha da firs' song offa The Next Day, “Where Are We Now” – how da ya like datcha addicts? Geddit now, cuz it's hot...

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Friday, 22 February 2013
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CDs like Starlight by Joan Armatrading remind me of why I hate genre classification in music. Grace Notes labeled this "Country & Folk,” which is plainly absurd; seeing that label attached to Starlight has to be some holdover from her earlier career, which she might reasonably have been classified as "Folk" (certainly never "Country"), but only so much as "A woman with a guitar" = "Folk." That was then though, and this is now – and this album is certainly...

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Thursday, 21 February 2013
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Eric Burdon does not seem to realize the Sixties ended long ago. And that's a good thing. He still believes that music can change the world, and he still sings like that's true. On 'Til Your River Runs Dry, Burdon tackles a number of political and social issues. The central theme, as indicated by the title, is the water crisis; the growing lack of fresh, clean water for much of the world's population. Although he does present water as both...

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Thursday, 21 February 2013
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Endorsements and condemnations of different recorded music formats get made regularly, but what is the difference between an LP and a CD, really? Barring a few obvious exceptions (like the differences in the mastering, production and equalization that NOFX put into the CD and LP versions of Heavy Peting Zoo and Eating Lamb in 1996), the differences between the sound on a CD and that on a long-player record couldn't really be that dramatic – could they? Well, yes and...

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Tuesday, 19 February 2013
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After the reasonably abysmal response that the band received for Year Of The Black Rainbow in 2010, fans began to get justifiably worried. After the first installment of The Afterman was released in late 2012 though, many critics projected that the days of Coheed And Cambria existing as a heavier than hell, mathy metal outfit were counting down quickly. As it turns out, Coheed And Cambria's critics were right; Descension (the band's seventh full-length album) plays even further into the...

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Saturday, 16 February 2013