Michael Bertin


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  • 21 years ago

    Brave Combo Group Dance Epidemic Rounder What Pavement said about Smashing Pumpkins was mean but true: Too much popular music is bereft of purpose. Most records coming out are neither enjoyable enough to qualify as real entertainment, nor enlighte...

  • 21 years ago

    World Party Egyptology The Enclave World Party's Karl Wallinger has his drawbacks. First off, he's not much of a singer. True, Wallinger can carry a tune -- but he carries it with only a scant measure of character. And lyrically speaking, he's les...

  • 21 years ago

    Guy Clark Keepers: A Live Recording Sugar Hill "Keepers" is exactly right. The title of Guy Clark's latest disc suggests that what we have here is a collection of a legendary songwriter's best songs, recorded live. And we do. But what makes this o...

  • 21 years ago

    Jimmy LaFave's meat-and-potatoes blend of rambunctious instinct and softhearted sincerity is about as awe-inspiring as blue-collar rock gets these days. That may explain why he's become a live music institution throughout Texas, even if fans in hi...

  • 21 years ago

    Son Volt Straightaways Warner Bros. Jay Farrar certainly picked an odd time to play it safe. Now that the hubbub over his former Uncle Tupelo cohort Jeff Tweedy -- who had the critics in the palm of his hand last year thanks to Wilco's Being There...

  • 22 years ago

    Anyone who's been to a Robert Earl Keen show might have heard him tell the story of his 1974 Fourth of July. Exhausted from the heat and the tequila, Keen took a little afternoon nap while at Willie Nelson's annual picnic. He awoke to pillars of s...


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