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Music Features Archive

March 13, 2006

Absent the meandering grooves that were usually his trademark, it sounds like the Kanye West discography thrown into a blenderóhundreds of chewy and gooey morsels of soul vocals, to be gobbled in rapid succession.

February 27, 2006

Three critics from different musical perspectives offer competing takes on recent noteworthy albums.

February 13, 2006
All Yesterday’s Parties

British rock may be stuck in the past, but it can still sound great, provided the singer isn’t a complete coke fiend.

February 6, 2006
Filter: What's Good About Ryan

Three albums in 2005, six in the four years prior, countless curios in betweenóRyan Adams, self-styled bard of the East Village, releases material at a maniacal pace.

January 23, 2006
I’m a Survivor

Who says sad music has to bring you down? How Cat Power makes it through the storm.

January 16, 2006
Hey, Baby, It's Jimmy

James Levine to opera’s gossip mill: Things have never been better.

December 19, 2005

Kanye West called out George Bush, Mariah and Madonna came back from the dead, and every sixties band put out an album. But the micro-trends made music interesting this year: The Internet finally broke bands, Houston emerged as rap’s hottest city, folk flew its freak flag, and Britain gave us grime and cyber-girl pop.

December 5, 2005
Influences: Patti Smith

Thirty years after Horses, the thin white duchess of CBGB talks about Callas, Oz, and not becoming Kiss.

November 28, 2005
New Björk

The Icelandic songstress joins forces with her boyfriend, Matthew Barney. So what’s their film about? Sculpture, geishas, and whales.

November 28, 2005
Overheard: What the Audience Really Thought About Lee Ann Womack and Scooter Jennings

"New York scares the hell out of me. I parked my truck 30 miles outside the city and took a train in. If it wasn’t for these guys, I wouldn’t come here."

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