Dream Theater | Distance Over Time

Speed. That's what you get when you divide distance by time. And when it comes to Dream Theater’s 14th studio album Distance Over Time, that's apparently no accident. Speed...

Gary Clark Jr. | This Land

Gary Clark Jr. is mad as hell — and he's not going to take it anymore. Same as anyone with a lick of sense who pays any attention to...

Finders/Keepers | Three Great Recent Albums You Should Hear Today

On today's menu: Some tasty slices of frewheeling British alt-rock, groudbreaking Danish death metal and irresistibly groovy London soul-jazz. Get ’em while they're hot. Or at least still pretty...

DIY Discovery | мʌvʌ

Most of the music I hear is sent to me by labels and publicists. But there’s nothing like getting it straight from the source. Welcome to the latest instalment...

Back Stories | My Album Reviews From Feb. 19, 1999

Two decades ago, new albums from Paul Westerberg, Steve Earle & Del McCoury, The Living End and others were spinning away in my portable CD player. Here’s what I...

Cass McCombs | Tip of the Sphere

Some artists write songs that make the whole world sing. Cass McCombs writes songs that could make the whole world shut up and listen — if he could get...

Queen Zee | Queen Zee

When Iggy Pop calls you "strange ... dirty ... weird (and) crazy," you know you're doing something right. Truth be told, gender-bending Liverpool glam-punks Queen Zee are doing plenty...

Robert Ellis | Texas Piano Man

"I'm f---ing crazy," asserts Robert Ellis by way of introduction on his latest album Texas Piano Man. As opening lines go, it's definitely an attention-getter. And perhaps even a...

Jon Fratelli | Bright Night Flowers

This is not the Jon Fratelli you're thinking of. Except that it is. Confused? So is anyone who buys this disc expecting to hear the rambunctious pop-rock Jon crank...

Long Ryders | Psychedelic Country Soul

It's been a long time coming. More than three decades, in fact. For those keeping score at home, we last heard new studio tracks from paisley cowpunks The Long...

Czarface & Ghostface Killah | Czarface Meets Ghostface

The latter is arguably The Wu-Tang Clan’s most colourfully creative, unstoppably prolific and collaboratively daring member. The former is an underappreciated hip-hop supergroup co-starring producer 7L, rapper Esoteric and...

Dale Watson | Call Me Lucky

You can call Dale Watson lucky if you want. And he's undoubtedly had some good fortune over the years — like being born with a rich set of well-deep...

J.S. Ondara | Tales of America

The American Dream doesn't get much better than this. Six years ago, 20-year-old Nairobi native J.S. Ondara won a Green Card lottery and moved to Minnesota — where he...

Tedeschi Trucks Band | Signs

"I don’t always love music that tries to be this brand-new discovery every time," Derek Trucks told me in 2016. "A lot of my favourite music is from bands...

Broken Social Scene | Let’s Try the After Vol. 1

Don't get too excited, Broken Social Scene fans. Let's Try the After Vol. 1 is not the Toronto collective's followup album to 2017's Hug of Thunder. It's just a...

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