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  • 9 years ago

    Pick Hits Todd Snider The Devil You Know New Door In 2004—18 years after he started playing his songs in bars for a living, 10 years after he signed with Jimmy Buffett, a year after he nailed a live best-of for John Prine, and a few months af...

  • 9 years ago

    "So everybody gets makeup, OK? You look dead on TV without it." Back in the Conan greenroom from a Camel-stoked walk to the Hilton with his girlfriend Leah, David Johansen was taking charge of the reconstituted New York Dolls, who didn't really ne...

  • 9 years ago

    In the 65th year of my life on this planet, I went out to see live music every night (or day) of June. The main reason I conceived this project, which many considered nuts, was that I wasn't liking enough new guitar bands. So my professional purpo...

  • 9 years ago

    Pick Hits The Klezmatics Wonder Wheel: Lyrics by Woody Guthrie JMG What a treat to have Lorin Sklamberg singing in English, with the gentleness and precision non–Yiddish speakers sense in him elaborated and specified by the dozen Guthrie lyri...

  • 9 years ago

    Pick Hits The Rough Guide to Planet Rock World Music Network Fearing Sepultura, Junoon, and Gaia knows what other arena-rock gooney birds, I got something more ethnic instead—16 pieces of folk rock, let's call it, from 15 different nations, w...

  • 9 years ago

    Forget "edge," or whatever the edgy are calling it these days. I wish we could forget their non-youth in the bargain, but that wheeze will remain with us—they create from what they know. So let me put it this way: Sonic Youth are the best ban...