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Michael Roberts

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    May 16, 2008

    Beyond Playlist: Leona Lewis and More

    Leona Lewis Spirit (J Records) Leona Lewis has quickly developed a huge gay following, and no wonder. She resembles a particularly gorgeous cross-dresser – a fact that’s no doubt made marketing to both the male and female gay demographic a helluva lot easier. How does any of that relate to her ... More >>

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    May 9, 2008

    Beyond Playlist: Henry Butler and More

    Henry Butler PiaNOLA Live (Basin Street) As noted in a 2006 Westword profile, Henry Butler once owned a house in New Orleans’ Gentilly neighborhood – but Hurricane Katrina destroyed the structure and pretty much everything else in it. Somehow, though, a number of live recordings he made over th ... More >>

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    March 13, 2008

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    Letters from the week of 3/13/2008

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    January 18, 2008

    Beyond Playlist: The All-Soundtrack Edition

    Jonny Greenwood There Will Be Blood (Nonesuch) Pop stars who try to establish themselves as serious composers are typically asking for trouble, embarrassment or some combination thereof. Think of Billy Joel: Even though he's spent much of the past decade focusing on classical music, fans who turn u ... More >>

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    December 20, 2007

    Letters to the Editor

    Letters from the week of 12/20/2007

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    October 12, 2007

    Beyond Playlist: Kevin Drew and More

    Broken Social Scene Presents: Kevin Drew Spirit If… (Arts & Crafts) The credit Kevin Drew chose for himself on this disc seems designed to reassure fans fearful that his decision to release a CD under his own name means Broken Social Scene is bound for the grave. But the wordiness of this bit of ... More >>

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    October 1, 2007

    The Brian Griese Warning We Should Have Sent

    A note from Broncos fans to Chicagoans on the occasion of the September 30 loss by the Chicago Bears to the Detroit Lions: Did we forget to tell you that Brian Griese sucks? -- Michael Roberts

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    September 28, 2007

    Beyond Playlist: Georgie James and More

    Georgie James Places (Saddle Creek) Musically speaking, John Davis, best known as the onetime drummer for Q and Not U, and singer-songwriter Laura Burhenn come from a similar place: They both love throwback pop-rock as filtered through a contemporary indie sensibility. But the distinctions in their ... More >>

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    September 17, 2007

    Beyond Playlist: Prinzhorn Dance School and More

    Prinzhorn Dance School Prinzhorn Dance School (DFA Records/Astralwerks) Prinzhorn Dance School’s name salutes Dr. Hans Prinzhorn, who, according to AllMusic.com, “collected the art of his mentally ill patients” -- and the unhinged quality of the music made by Tobin and Suzy Horn makes the mon ... More >>

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    September 14, 2007

    Beyond Playlist: Charles Mingus and More

    Charles Mingus Live in ‘64 (Reelin’ In the Years) In this country, at least, films and videotapes of classic jazz recordings turn up on television far too seldom. As a result, even fans of the genre -- at least those who haven’t spent hours trolling through YouTube posts -- often have seen on ... More >>

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    August 5, 2007

    Beyond Playlist: Bob Marley and More

    Bob Marley and the Wailers Roots, Rock, Remixed (Quango) Since most remix/tribute discs bite, the listenability of Roots, Rock, Remixed comes as a pleasant surprise. With a couple of exceptions, the album’s programmers wisely steer clear of the most overplayed Marley material in favor of less kno ... More >>

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    August 2, 2007

    Beyond Playlist: Kelly Clarkson and More

    Kelly Clarkson My December (RCA) How did I know that Ms. Clarkson’s latest would be a commercial disappointment? Because I kinda like it. Don’t get me wrong: The disc doesn’t exactly qualify as an artistic triumph – not given the surplus of mock-profound couplets exemplified by “I’m str ... More >>

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    July 6, 2007

    Beyond Playlist: Portugal. The Man and More

    Portugal. The Man Church Mouth (Fearless) There's no denying that John Gourley and his two musical pals take themselves mighty seriously. Fortunately, they manage to merge artsiness with whimsy, cheek and good beats. The likes of "Sugar Cinammon," "Oh Lord" and the title track are herky-jerky alter ... More >>

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    June 14, 2007

    Beyond Playlist: The Nels Cline Singers and More

    The Nels Cline Singers Draw Breath (Cryptogramophone) Sorry, vocal fans: The Nels Cline Singers don't engage in any literal singing. Instead, Cline, the guitarist for Wilco, joins bassist Devin Hoff and drummer Scott Amendola (with assistance from Wilco percussionist Glenn Kotche) on a series of in ... More >>

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    June 14, 2007

    Letters to the Editor

    From the week of 6/14/2007

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    June 7, 2007

    Beyond Playlist: Miracle Fortress and More

    Miracle Fortress Five Roses (Secret City Records) Canada is spewing out worthy new bands a lot more frequently than it's celebrating Stanley Cup champions. (Sorry, Ottawa fans.) This Montreal combo, led by Graham Van Pelt, specializes in an especially sunny brand of psychedelia, and if the influenc ... More >>

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    June 4, 2007

    Welcome to Beyond Playlist

    Your eyeballs have found a new blog category that will appear every so often in Backbeat Online: Beyond Playlist. The concept is simple. Even in the waning days of the CD era, reviewers such as yours truly are sent far more discs than we can possibly critique in the physical paper -- and while they' ... More >>

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    November 30, 2006

    The Road to Perdition

    I'm a Colorado native, so I understand how difficult it is for public authorities to keep the roads clear and passable during inclement weather, and am sympathetic to the challenge of doing so. Nevertheless, the performance of transportation authorities over the past couple of days puts me in mind o ... More >>

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    October 26, 2006

    Letters to the Editor

    From the week of October 26, 2006.

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    May 17, 2006

    More Messages: 7 Hell

    May is "sweeps" month, when ratings help determine advertising rates for TV stations -- and according to a knowledgeable insider, Channel 7's newscast numbers, particularly at 5 p.m. and 10 p.m., aren't pretty. Granted, disaster can be averted if the rate of viewership increases over the next two we ... More >>

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    March 2, 2006

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    From the week of March 2, 2006

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    January 27, 2005

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    From the week of January 27, 2005

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    July 17, 2003

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    From the week of July 17, 2003

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    July 10, 2003

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    From the week of June 10, 2003

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    October 19, 2000

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    September 7, 2000

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    From the week of September 7

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    March 23, 2000

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    From the week of March 23

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    August 19, 1999

    Local Yokels

    Keep those CDs a-coming.

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    July 8, 1999
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    June 17, 1999
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    February 18, 1999
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    April 30, 1998
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    August 14, 1997
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    July 31, 1997
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    July 17, 1997
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    May 15, 1997
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    February 27, 1997
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