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Unless you're a DJ or a student of electronic music-making, turntablism can be something of an esoteric art form -- everyone knows it's the foundation of hip-hop, but its techniques aren't as widely understood or appreciated as those of a traditional instrumentalist. The turntablist revival of th...

Like Andrew Butler's Sidetracked mix for the Renaissance label, the Hercules & Love Affair leader's addition to !K7's DJ-Kicks series is a 14-track set that spans a few decades and contains selections from heroes, contemporaries, collaborators, and himself. This one doesn't range quite as far bac...

In 2002, Castle released Pretender/Running on Empty/Lives in the Balance, which compiled three albums originally released on Asylum -- The Pretender (1976), Running on Empty (1977), and Lives in the Balance (1986) -- by Jackson Browne in one three-disc box set.

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What a pleasant surprise that this recording of duets and arias from Carmen, which on the basis of its packaging looks like it was intended to be essentially a showcase for Andrea Bocelli, is an entirely respectable version of highlights from the opera. Much of the credit goes to Myung-Whun Chung...

With the same lineup but different guest performers, including 3D singer Denise Doughan and violinist extraordinaire Alastair Galbraith, the Cakekitchen created a sophomore album that doesn't differ all that much from its predecessor but still offers more than its share of solid tunes. Things are...

Peter Maxwell Davies' Taverner, based on the life of the 16th century English composer, stands in the tradition of operas like Pfitzner's Palestrina and Hindemith's Mathis der Maler that grapple with the topic of the artist's role in society, and it's good to finally have it recorded.

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Heavy metal bands don't fly any farther under the pop culture conscience radar than enduring New Orleans outfit Lillian Axe -- certainly not since their original disintegration in 1995, by which time they'd released four underrated albums. But ever since its unexpected 2007 rebirth, the group led...

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