Brian Baker

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  • 13 years ago | Music News

    Dave Alvin is rock 'n' roll's true everyman. That role has been ably played in the past by Springsteen and Mellencamp and Hiatt and a host of others whose perspective has been altered by the distance that success ultimately imposed upon their work...

  • 13 years ago | Music News

    Andrew W.K. is the Tiger Woods of rock'n' roll. He has no interest in being a worldwide rock star, although that may be the inadvertent result after the release of his debut album, I Get Wet. When he talks about his plans for the album and himself...

  • 13 years ago | Music News

    With the roar being generated over the new Wilco album, it's hard to hear the smaller releases that are its contemporary and, in some rare cases, nearly its equal. The Radar Brothers' new record is one such work that is clamoring for cocked ears. ...

  • 13 years ago | Music News

    If there's a book that details the problems inherent with one-man-band albums, Jonah Matranga -- d.b.a. Onelinedrawing -- has surely committed it to memory and has avoided every pitfall with the self-assurance of someone who has already learned en...

  • 13 years ago | Music News

    Born in Wyoming, raised in Missouri and Texas, schooled in New York and London, and living in Wales, Jeb Loy Nichols is a child of the world. This clearly shows in his musical explorations. Nichols's work is rooted in folk/country/soul, but it liv...

  • 13 years ago | Music News

    With its first two studio albums (Bring It On and Liquid Skin) and an odds and sods collection (Abandoned Shopping Trolley Hotline), Gomez crafted a sound that was rooted in the bluesy and soulful grooves of '70s pop/rock but powered by a youthful...