The Frames, Kronos Quartet, Patti Smith

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Barbershop like you've never heard before: The Gas House Gang; music on a leaf from The Kronos Quartet; another great unknown: Dromedary; a dreamy instrumental from The Frames; a perfect afternoon with Josh Ritter; looking back at the remarkable Patti Smith; a puzzling tune from Cornershop.

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The Frames, Kronos Quartet, Patti Smith

Our Rough and Tumble Best

The William Tell Overture

  • Artist: The Gas House Gang
  • Album: Our Rough and Tumble Best
  • Song: The William Tell Overture

Barbershop quartets usually bring to mind groups of white men in candy-striped suits. But the music has its roots in African American culture.

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Nuevo

Perfidia

  • Artist: Kronos Quartet
  • Album: Nuevo
  • Song: Perfidia

The Kronos Quartet has built its reputation on breaking the boundaries of the classical establishment. Here they feature a melody played on an ivy leaf.

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  • "Perfidia"
  • Album: Nuevo
  • Artist: Kronos Quartet
  • Label: Elektra/Asylum
 
Artifact

Fado Tríado

  • Artist: Dromedary
  • Album: Artifact
  • Song: Fado Tríado

Dromedary sound out of place in the alternative rock scene of their hometown, Athens, Ga. Their sound is an acoustic journey across Appalachia, East Africa and Central Europe.

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  • "Fado Tríado"
  • Album: Artifact
  • Artist: Dromedary
  • Label: Solponticello
 
For the Birds

In the Deep Shade

  • Artist: The Frames
  • Album: For the Birds
  • Song: In the Deep Shade

After more than a decade of trying, the Frames finally get a hit with their fourth CD, For the Birds.

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  • "In the Deep Shade"
  • Album: For the Birds
  • Artist: The Frames
  • Label: Overcoat Recordings
 
The Golden Age of Radio

Me & Jiggs

  • Artist: Josh Ritter
  • Album: Golden Age of Radio [Bonus Tracks]
  • Song: Me & Jiggs

Josh Ritter's sound is part Nick Drake, part Johnny Cash. Just 24 years old, Ritter is drawing critical praise for his smart and sensitive story-songs.

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  • "Me & Jiggs"
  • Album: The Golden Age of Radio
  • Artist: Josh Ritter
  • Label: Signature
 
Land

Free Money

  • Artist: Patti Smith
  • Album: Land
  • Song: Free Money

In 1979, Patti Smith waved goodbye to rock and roll, only occasionally appearing on a handful of albums since. Now she's back with a retrospective of her work called, Land.

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  • Album: Land
  • Artist: Patti Smith
 
Handcream for a Generation

Staging the Plaguing of the Raised Platform

  • Artist: Cornershop
  • Album: Handcream for a Generation
  • Song: Staging the Plaguing of the Raised Platform

This is Cornershop's first CD in nearly five years. It's been well worth the wait.

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  • "Staging the Plaguing of the Raised Platform"
  • Album: Handcream for a Generation
  • Artist: Cornershop
  • Label: V2
 

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