A decade after their recording hey-day, alternative rock icons Jane’s Addiction have reformed for the second time. The band’s recent show in St. Paul, Minn., is a snapshot of their latest relapse.
Almost 10 years after their creative and commercial peak, pop-rocksters Live have released their latest album, “V.” FInd out whether “V” and the solo debut from Son Volt frontman Jay Farrar are worth a spin.
In this installment of Soundbytes, we take a look at some singer-songwriters who’ve dared to incorporate musical styles outside the Western tradition into their songs –- styles that are typically ignored by the narrow confines of rock music. But rather than raid these genres for fresh ideas, these albums succeed in expanding listeners’ palettes.
While their country-angel voices seduced the characters in the Coen Brothers’ film, “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” the sound of Alison Krauss and Gillian Welch singing, as well as their brand of country music, has proved equally mesmerizing on the record-buying public when it came to the movie’s soundtrack album.
Post-punk vets New Order return after a lengthy hiatus and New Wave newbies, the Strokes, present their major-label debut. But is this trip down memory lane worth it?