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  • 10 years ago

    In 2005 Nashville hunks-in-arms like Toby Keith tuned down their jingoist jingles, the Muzik Mafia treaded water, and most of alt-country's best contenders simply looked back. But as these ten albums from country's mainstream and underground demon...

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  • 10 years ago

    If Brad Paisley's albums can't withstand the corrosive effects of Music Row's candy factory, no Nashville insider's can. Not only does this West Virginia native enamel them with as much raw inspiration and rigorous craft as any Nashville newcomer ...

  • 11 years ago

    Hot Hot Heat has bet its cred by making this major-label debut so endlessly catchy. Sure, catchiness has been a calling card of this Victoria, British Columbia, quartet since 2002's Knock Knock Knock, a Sub Pop EP that marked the addition of guita...

  • 13 years ago

    In the opening cut of Kill the Moonlight, the latest celebrated release by the bracing minimalist rock group Spoon, singer Britt Daniel unreels the album's central theme by describing a life lived for "Small Stakes." It could be about any wage sla...

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