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  • Strypes & Stars Forever!

    The Strypes: Snapshot (Island/Def Jam) This week sees the release of the debut set from Irish quartet the Strypes, a young, tight and exciting combo of the sort that arises every few years and excites the hell out of generations both young and old. Rocking with stunning precision, with attitude to spare

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  • The Cat In The Hat Comes Back!

    Pharrell Williams: G I R L (Columbia) Few would deny that the most fascinating album release of the week comes courtesy not just of the talented Pharrell Williams, but via his extraordinary hat, which in the scheme of things—the world at war, recent American cultural ceremonies honoring the best of music

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  • Beck To Basics!

    Beck: Morning Phase (Capitol) It struck me as I was listening to this new Beck album for maybe the third time that 1) It is very good and 2) Lots of people I know are bigger fans of him than I am. “Oh, isn’t this record great?” asked one co-worker, “it’s like his best since [...]

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  • Benmont Tench: I, Heartbreaker!

    Though this purports to be a weekly recap of the week’s best, most exciting and best-decorated album releases, there are those certain times when, to be blunt, your guess is as good as mine! Back before my friend Larry invented the Internet, most music critics dealt in a world of print publications with

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  • Bells Of The Ball!

    Between the Grammys and last weekend’s Super Bowl halftime show, and the insanely whacked out world of today’s social media in overdrive, you’d think the entire world has embraced pop music like never before. But Bruno Mars vs. the Red Hot Chili Peppers? Really? I don’t know about you, but most everyone

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  • He’s Croz, But He’s Not Angry!

    Have to admit to being more impressed than usual by Sunday night’s Grammys awards broadcast! Why? It’s simple! *The nice assemblage of top-level talent. *The eye-opening array of very popular artists who, I’ve come to realize, mean very little to me personally. *The surrealistic, often jarring performance

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  • Standing At The Crossroads!

    It’s an admittedly odd time in pop music history when today’s most celebrated pop thrush, Miley Cyrus, has just turned 21, when former pop icons Nirvana recorded their historic Unplugged In New York set an unbelievable 20 years ago, and when two of this week’s biggest albums are by Frank Sinatra & Herb

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