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Fun with mirrors

The dark lounge band JOHNNY CREMAINS are putting the final touches on their first full-length, tentatively titled Leave It To Believers .
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By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  February 17, 2012
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Desk job

Phillipe and Jorge believe it was thoughtful during this holiday season for the US government to clue in the Great Unwashed on how to survive a possible nuclear bomb strike. Their message, as reported by the New York Times on December 15: "Do not flee
Duck and cover redux; the best Congress money can buy; the Cabrals to the rescue!
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  December 24, 2010
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The Robert Cray Band | Cookin' in Mobile

Thirty years into his recording career, the biggest question surrounding Robert Cray is no longer whether he's an honest-to-goodness bluesman or a slick interloper but whether he's got anything new to offer.
Nozzle/Vanguard (2010)
By JEFF TAMARKIN  |  July 23, 2010
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Old man riffer

Bluesman James "T-Model" Ford is a survivor, and has been for a very long time.
T-Model Ford turns 90 . . . or thereabouts
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  February 26, 2010
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George Thorogood | The Dirty Dozen

Before you press PLAY, you know what you're going to get on The Dirty Dozen : music to drink lots of beer by.
Capitol (2009)
By JEFF TAMARKIN  |  July 24, 2009
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The Big Hurt: Clench and release

For your edifying consumption, another stroll through the wasteland of godawful publicity.
Smooth jazz, revenge fantasies, and . . . wangs
By DAVID THORPE  |  February 23, 2009


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Howlin’ Wolf | Rockin’ the Blues: Live In Germany, 1964

The fidelity of the recording is far from state-of-the-art, but its historical value - and sheer musicality - more than make up for any qualities that might peeve audiophiles.
Acrobat (2008)
By JEFF TAMARKIN  |  November 18, 2008