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Molotov Cocktail

Imagine if the Cheeky Girls were as good as retro-kitsch archivists will probably one day pretend...

Martina Sorbara - The Cure For Bad Deeds

Tales of sleazy sex from young Canadian singer-songwriter

Mark Bacino - The Million Dollar Milkshake

Power pop with guts

Entrance - The Kingdom Of Heaven Must Be Taken By Storm

Baltimore freak lets it all hang out

The Angels Of Light - Everything Is Good Here

Avant-garde noise merchant turns it down to brilliant effect

Wayne Shorter - Alegria

Latest from thriving '60s jazz veteran

The Stratford 4 - Love & Distortion

BRMC buddy rides Britpop-fuelled rocket

Procol Harum - The Well's On Fire

Veteran outfit still going strong

Paul McCartney - Back In The US: Live 2002

The Cute Beatle reminds America who the real Boss is

Joan Armatrading - Lovers Speak

Mature collection of new songs from pioneering '70s singer-songwriter

Shipping News - Three-Four

Full-length debut from Louisville lo-fi trio

Tayo - Soul Of Man And Phantom Beats

Budget-priced samplers of clubland's hot new microscene

Mark Selby - Dirt

Nashville hit songwriter gets gritty

Dayna Kurtz - Postcards From Downtown

Powerful debut after a decade's tough luck from hard-bitten New Jersey singer-songwriter

Psychedelicacies

Lazer-Guided Melodies for the laptop generation

Gary Numan - Hybrid

Double album of new songs plus remixes of old stuff from Sugababes' sugar daddy

Jimi Tenor - Higher Planes

Accomplished seventh album from Finnish multi-instrumentalist

DJ Muggs - Dust

Debut solo album from erstwhile Cypress Hill producer

Smallville - Eastwest

The fastest-growing TV show in the US, wherein tales of a young Superman are accompanied by a radio...

Chicago - Epic

Sometimes you just have to hand it to the mainstream. Chicago is a riot as a big glossy movie (...

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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'...