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A Riff and a Prayer

Low Things We Lost in the Fire (Kranky) Pedro the Lion Winners Never Quit (Jade Tree) By Anders Smith-Lindall Last month at the American Music Awards–the one-fan-one-vote answer to the Grammys–the Christian hard-rock trio Creed beat out Britney Spears and the Backstreet Boys to take home the Best Album prize and Limp Bizkit and the […]

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The Country Club

Poor Little Knitter on the Road (Bloodshot) By Anders Smith-Lindall Here’s a concept: a tribute record to a tribute record. In 1985, LA punks John Doe, Exene Cervenka, and D.J. Bonebrake from X, Dave Alvin from the Blasters, and stand-up bassist Johnny Ray Bartel–all of whom had what in those days and in that scene […]

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Breaking Away

Jeff Tweedy at Lounge Ax, June 14 & 15 “There is no sunken trea-sure / Rumored to be / Wrapped inside my ribs,” sang Jeff Tweedy on Wilco’s 1996 double LP, Being There, and thus served notice on alt-country cultists that he wished to vacate the pedestal they’d placed him on. But the cultists just […]