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Elbow - The Take Off And Landing Of Everything

Elbow - The Take Off And Landing Of EverythingSombre and sparce, but not in the least bit sober: Guy Garvey and co's classy sixth...

Drive-By Truckers - English Oceans

Drive-By Truckers - English OceansAlabama's finest return, recharged, and with a brilliant, balanced blast of rock'n'roll...

Tyrannosaurus Rex / T.Rex - A Beard Of Stars / T.Rex / Tanx / Alloy And The Riders Of Tomorrow - Deluxe Editions

Tyrannosaurus Rex / T.Rex - A Beard Of Stars / T.Rex / Tanx / Alloy And The Riders Of Tomorrow - Deluxe EditionsThe rise and fall of Marc Bolan and his glam phenomenon...

Michael Bloomfield - From His Head To His Heart To His Hands: An Audio/Visual Scrapbook

Michael Bloomfield - From His Head To His Heart To His Hands: An Audio/Visual ScrapbookBloomfield is God? Long-overdue, career-spanning look at rock's foremost guitar trailblazer...

Wilko Johnson & Roger Daltrey - Going Back Home

Wilko Johnson & Roger Daltrey - Going Back HomeDown but not out: Wilko revisits his catalogue in good company...

Wild Beasts - Present Tense

Wild Beasts - Present TenseSynths and sex... the Kendal clan's excellent fourth...

Beck - Morning Phase

Beck - Morning PhaseThe LA maverick invokes Anglophile folk on first new album in six years...

Ronnie Lane's Slim Chance - Ooh La La: An Island Harvest

Ronnie Lane's Slim Chance - Ooh La La: An Island HarvestDouble-disc retrospective from the king of rustic rock...

Benmont Tench - You Should Be So Lucky

Benmont Tench - You Should Be So LuckyThe Heartbreakers keys man debuts - with a little help from his friends...

Dave Van Ronk - Down In Washington Square: The Smithsonian Folkways Collection

Dave Van Ronk - Down In Washington Square: The Smithsonian Folkways CollectionThe real Llewyn Davis? The Mayor of MacDougal Street's first career-spanning collection...

Jackson C Frank - Jackson C Frank

Jackson C Frank - Jackson C FrankIll-fated folkie's fleeting moment of clarity...

Bob Dylan - 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration

Bob Dylan - 30th Anniversary Concert CelebrationDylan's star-studded rejuvenation...

Snowbird - Moon

Snowbird - MoonSimon Raymonde and Stephanie Dosen's mysterious, Cocteaus-y nightscapes...

Uncle Tupelo - No Depression: The Legacy Edition

Uncle Tupelo - No Depression: The Legacy EditionNot for now, just for forever. Insurgent Country's big bang...

Doug Paisley - Strong Feelings

Doug Paisley - Strong FeelingsThe Canadian crooner returns. Now with added Garth Hudson and Mary Margaret O'Hara...

Small Faces - Here Comes The Nice

Small Faces - Here Comes The NiceThe Mod scamps best work, finally given due respect...

Broken Bells - After The Disco

Broken Bells - After The DiscoSupple mood music tailored for a rainy Sunday afternoon...

Africa Express Presents: Maison Des Jeunes

Africa Express Presents: Maison Des JeunesDamon Albarn-led cultural exchange bears fruit...

The Jesus And Mary Chain - The Vinyl Collection

The Jesus And Mary Chain - The Vinyl CollectionLimited edition box set to mark JAMC's 30th...

Mark Lanegan - Has God Seen My Shadow? An Anthology 1989 - 2011

Mark Lanegan - Has God Seen My Shadow? An Anthology 1989 - 2011Towers of song from gravel-throated American mystery...

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Editor's Letter

Steve Gunn, "Way Out Weather"/Nathan Bowles, "Nansemond"


How does a questing psychedelic guitarist transform themselves into a classic singer-songwriter? By compromising, in many cases. Steve Gunn, however, is managing the transition with uncanny elegance. Maybe you've already heard the latest album from this languidly prolific Brooklyn guitarist: it'...