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R&B & So Much More

When you put the new Black Joe Lewis and The Honeybears record Scandalous into iTunes, its blissfully ignorant simplicity lists the genre as “R&B.” And while there are R&B flourishes, the categorization does a major disservice to the music. The Austin-based six-piece has hit a nerve with its sound: a glorious, barnstorming mix of soul, blues, punk and indignant, righteous rock ‘n’ roll. The band’s second...


<p>Lady Gaga works the Qwest Center crowd during her nearly two-hour-long performance Thursday night. </p> First Lady

So ... some girl named Lady Gaga was in town last night. If you weren't one of the umpteen thousand fans in attendance, here's her set list so you can throw it on your iPod and at least pretend: (Intro) 1. Dance in the Dark 2. Glitter and Grease 3. Just Dance 4. Beautiful, Dirty, Rich 5. The Fame (Interlude) 6. LoveGame 7. Boys Boys Boys 8. Money Honey 9. Telephone (Lady Gaga feat. Beyonce cover) 10. Born This Way...


2010 Top 10

* Band of Horses, Infinite Arms (Columbia/Fat Possum) — BOH had opening tours with Widespread Panic and Pearl Jam this year, and perhaps that reflects the band’s overall appeal better than anything. Infinite is an epic rock ‘n’ roll record, the kind our descendents will look on with the same slack jawed reverence we all look at Led Zeppelin IV, and more contemporary efforts like Wilco’s Yankee Hotel...


2010 Top 10

It’s hard to put together these Top 10s in years where there aren’t one or two albums that you know are going to be permanent fixtures on one’s playlist for years to come. Instead, 2010 was a year of great songs on otherwise imperfect records. These stood out amid a crowded pack of good-not-great releases I happened upon during these last 12 months. * The National, High Violet (4AD) — Previous National...

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