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The Boy with No Name | Epic
Travis defy the very concept of surprise; their tasteful, tuneful guitar pop is about comfort and safety and always knowing what’s happening next.
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  July 10, 2007


Dolores O’Riordan

Are You Listening? | Sanctuary
Dolores O’Riordan won a place in alt-rock history for her yodel-streaked vocal stylings, not her penetrating insights.
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  July 02, 2007


The Go

Howl on the Haunted Beat You Ride | Cass
Fear not, Nuggets heads: on their new long-player, Jack White’s old bandmates in the Go sound as if they hadn’t heard a note of music made since 1972.
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  June 26, 2007



Pasadena | About a Girl
I wonder whether Ozma didn’t title their new album after their suburban Los Angeles home base as a way of distinguishing themselves from Weezer.
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  June 19, 2007


Folk heroics

Or, how M. Ward became such a big deal
“Why is he such a big deal right now?” a friend asked with some exasperation earlier this month when I mentioned that I had a phone date with M. Ward. M. Ward, "To Go Home" (mp3)
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  June 19, 2007


Mr. Lonely

Marilyn Manson goes deep
Marilyn Manson’s Eat Me, Drink Me is the first record in that’s made me want to hang out with the guy rather than gawk at him from afar.
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  June 12, 2007


Rufus Wainwright

Release the Stars | Geffen
Despite Rufus Wainwright’s intentions, Release the Stars could be his most lavishly appointed disc yet.
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  June 11, 2007



Music from the Motion Picture | Canvasback/Columbia/Sony Music Soundtrax
If you’re not sure where to start digging into the Frames’ expansive catalogue, start here.
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  May 29, 2007


The Fucking Champs

VI | Drag
These Bay Area boys have spent a decade-plus together wondering how many licks it’ll take to convince people that their instrumental heavy metal is no joke.
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  May 29, 2007


Extremely . . .

Björk rewards — and punishes
Björk has made a career out of exploring extremes.
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  May 21, 2007



United Abominations | Roadrunner
Mustaine’s politics can tend toward the simplistic, but his playing doesn’t.
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  May 18, 2007


The Sea and Cake

Everybody | Thrill Jockey
Few indie bands are as consistent as this one — which means you pretty much know what to expect from a new Sea and Cake disc.
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  May 08, 2007


Grant- Lee Phillips

Strangelet | Zoë
The former frontman of mid-’90s psych-folkies Grant Lee Buffalo sings about the fountain of youth running dry.
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  April 30, 2007


Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

Baby 81 | RCA
The songwriting isn’t BRMC’s most memorable, but Baby 81’s noise-roots fumes are pretty thick.
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  April 23, 2007


The Frames

The Cost | Anti-
The Frames play tense, elegiac folk-punk ballads that always sound as if they were reaching toward the epic.
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  April 17, 2007


Son Volt

The Search | Transmit Sound/Legacy
The usual rap against Son Volt is that the group adhere too tightly to roots-music orthodoxy — in other words, that they’re dead boring.
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  April 10, 2007



Drums and Guns | Sub Pop
On 2005’s The Great Destroyer , Minnesota’s Low made a dramatic break from the slowcore sound the trio had helped pioneer in the mid ’90s.
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  April 03, 2007



Introducing the new Macy Gray and Joss Stone
The craziest thing about the new Macy Gray record, Big , is Gray’s choice of coiffure.
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  April 03, 2007


Stars of Track and Field

Centuries Before Love and War | Wind-Up
Stars of Track and Field make a sound much bigger than Belle and Sebastian's tidy twee-pop shuffle.
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  March 27, 2007


Field Music

Tones of Town | Memphis Industries
Field Music frontman Peter Brewis loves a good pop song as much as the next chap.
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  March 19, 2007
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