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Even if you remain immune to the dark charms of Joss Whedon's mighty Buffy The Vampire Slayer, you'...

Philip Kane - Songs For Swinging Lovers

Former frontman of Avalanche and Ennui does it his way

Arbol - S

Atmospheric debut featuring past and present members of Piano Magic

Local Rabbits - This Is It Here We Go

Montreal cult band keep their long ears trained on sophisticated '70s pop

The Ukrainians - Respublika

The Sex Pistols go Cossack

Hunkydory - Over The Rainbow

An authentic children's band from Lewes, East Sussex, Hunkydory signed to that safe haven for...

Bombshell Rocks - From Here And On

Swedish punk with melodic flair

Richard Buckner

Americana cult hero gets down to basics

Joan Osborne - How Sweet It Is

Covers album finds "One Of Us"hit-maker moving into Bonnie Raitt territory

Tighten Your Pelt

The Jeff Tweedy-Jim O'Rourke love-in continues

Dj Me Dj You - Can You See The Music?

Third album of kitsch psychedelic pop comes with DVD

The International Noise Conspiracy - Bigger Cages, Longer Chains Ep

Garage rock with an arty twist

Mike "Sport" Murphy - Uncle Kill Rock Stars

Crafty tunesmith puts Springsteen in his place

Lenola - Sharks And Flames

New Jersey trio's fifth album

Kenso - Fabulis Mirabilibus De Bombycosis Scriptis

Japanese prog band keep genre alive

Various Artists - Tigerbeat 6: Paws Across America 2002 Tour CD

Budget-priced 14-track compilation by Kid 606-style avant-techno types

Eyes Adrift

Nirvana bassist's triumphant return

Virginia MacNaughton - Levers, Pulleys & Engines

Sultry debut from British newcomer with big potential

The Aluminum Group - Happyness

Fifth album of brainy chamber pop from Chicago-based brothers

Dr Robert - Keep On Digging For The Gold

Unreleased work and rarities from ex-Blow Monkey's 1990s output

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Editor's Letter

Reviewed: Respect Yourself: Stax Records And The Soul Explosion by Robert Gordon


As Robert Gordon reminds us in Respect Yourself: Stax Records And The Soul Explosion, his terrific account of the rise and fall of the great Memphis soul imprint, the Stax story is more than a record-label history. “It is an American story,” Gordon writes,”...