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Fiona Apple can be hard to like. Love is a different matter.
Before the era of the phonograph and radio, Americans were opening their ears.
"Outlaw country" singer-songwriter Todd Snider's storytelling talent is its own religion.
How a pair of best friends from Cincinnati are leading the best band in America.
Etta James's voice was a great beauty -- but she never forgot how to play rough.
Robert Christgau's annual rundown of the year's best in pop music.
Looking ahead sometimes means looking back.
Can a wordsmith read his way to comprehension of the global financial mess?
Two of rock's greatest critics, and why they moved on.
Mining the past for musical pleasures that offer more than than nostalgia.
Four biographies of rock'n'roll greats try to place music legend in the world of documentable fact.
Before Bob Marley was a visionary and culture hero, he was a musician.
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