Milo Miles

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  • 13 years ago

    The instrumental engines behind Mission of Burma were never geared to youth. So guitarist Roger Miller, bassist Clint Conley, and drummer Peter Prescott, who on their first studio album in 22 years have replaced retired tape-tweaker Martin Swope w...

  • 14 years ago

    Joe Strummer died quietly in his sleep on December 22, surprising to the last. As the leader of the primal punk outfit the Clash, he knew what the perfect rock band should be and lived when he could make it happen. The beat should be fast and fero...

  • 15 years ago

    Blues is a music for troubled times, and as a year that started with little promise for the form descended into turmoil, the blues themselves were energized by a clutch of top-flight releases, mostly by veterans in snappy new suits. Blues is drape...

  • 15 years ago

    Since rai music scrambled up from the slums and street markets of the Algerian port city Oran about 80 years ago, it has remained ineradicably urban, restless, acquisitive, and gregarious. As a lyric-heavy outlet for the female underclass, with sl...

  • 15 years ago

    Throughout the 1980s, African pop styles—some generations old, some invented last season—came in a stampede. Everything from mbaqanga to mbalax, juju to zoukous to bikouts, rushed through Western ears. Supposedly, this was the internatio...

  • 16 years ago

    The word on Renegades is that it happened by accident when rap-rock agitators Rage Against the Machine got together with rap-rock eminence Rick Rubin to wham out a couple oldie B sides. They kept thinking of additional goodies until the project bl...


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