April 1, 2003

Buddy Miller Midnight and Lonesome

Miller’s latest home-brewed release offers a simmering blend of country, bluegrass, and vibey rural textures. Listening to this deep, soulful album makes it easy to understand why so many artists call on Miller for his skills as a sideman, producer, and songwriter. Hightone. —AT

The Agenda Start The Panic

Although it seems like a new garage-rock band appears on the scene every day, there could be worse trends, right? The Agenda manages to keep things interesting with liberal doses of cheesy organ to counter-balance their tough guitars. Kindercore. —DF

Biréli Lagrane Gypsy Project & Friends

In this vibrant acoustic set, virtuoso Lagr`ne revisits his Gypsy-jazz roots to put a fresh spin on Django’s timeless tunes. Dreyfus Jazz. —AE

Tom McCarthy Spark and Luminance

If you’ve ever watched a ’70s detective flick and decided the best part about it was its soundtrack, then this disc is for you—especially if you like extended guitar and saxophone solos, odd meters, and otherworldly musical odysseys. Cosmic Vending Machine. —JG

Jorma Kaukonen Blue Country Heart

The former Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna guitarist—accompanied by Nashville greats Jerry Douglas, Sam Bush, Byron House, and Bela Fleck—dishes up ultra-tasty versions of 13 ol’ timey American hillbilly standards from the ’30s and ’40s. Columbia. —BC

Smashing Pumpkins Earphoria

In this collection culled from various television performances, concerts, and demos, Billy Corgan and James Iha deliver several standout guitar moments that run the gamut from shred to pitch-shifted insanity. Virgin. —DF

The Squires of the Subterrain Big Boy Pete Treats

Lots of bands go for a ’60s psychedelic sound, but these guys actually cover 15 unreleased songs by a real ’60s songwriter. Big Boy Pete (a.k.a. Peter Miller) wrote songs that equal any penned by his better-known contemporaries, and the Squires do them justice. Groovy baby! Rocket Racket. —BC

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