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Pazz & Jop 2011 – 39th Annual Village Voice Critics’ Poll

Pazz & Jop 2011
39th Annual Village Voice Critics’ Poll

“Pazz & Jop is an annual poll of musical releases compiled by American newspaper The Village Voice. The poll is tabulated from the submitted year-end top ten lists of hundreds of music critics. Pazz & Jop was introduced by The Village Voice in 1974 as an album-only poll, but was expanded to include votes for singles in 1979.”

 

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Pazz & Jop 2010 – 38th Annual Village Voice Critics’ Poll

Pazz & Jop 2010
38th Annual Village Voice Critics’ Poll

“Pazz & Jop is an annual poll of musical releases compiled by American newspaper The Village Voice. The poll is tabulated from the submitted year-end top ten lists of hundreds of music critics. Pazz & Jop was introduced by The Village Voice in 1974 as an album-only poll, but was expanded to include votes for singles in 1979.”

The Felice Brothers + AA Bondy – concert preview

Felice Brothers/AA Bondy
9 p.m. Wednesday, September 24. Billiken Club, in the Busch Student Center on the campus of Saint Louis University, 20 North Grand Boulevard.
By Jaime Lees
Published on September 17, 2008

Coming straight outta the Catskills, the Felice Brothers play a twanged-out style of gypsy Americana, music which drips with bayou-sounding horns, humming accordion and light tinkering on a tinny, old-West-saloon-sounding piano. With nods to ’60s protest songs and gritty swells of dark-folk, it’s perfect campfire music for a cool fall night. The Felice Brothers are currently on the road with their real-life brother-in-law, AA Bondy. Bondy is a singer-songwriter touring in support of his crushingly beautiful debut album, American Hearts (which Fat Possum Records re-released earlier this year). With just a harmonica and a stellar command of his acoustic guitar, Bondy crafts pure, sophisticated, Dylan-esque compositions with solid conviction, quiet determination and grace far beyond his years.

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The Felice Brothers

The Felice Brothers
8 p.m. Friday, February 29. The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Boulevard
By Jaime Lees Published: February 27, 2008

The Felice Brothers — which is actually three brothers and a non-relative named Christmas — embrace and transcend its Americana roots. On its self-titled debut (out this Tuesday on Team Love), the songs are mostly patterned on skippy, toe-tapping beats and are frequently punctuated with accordion and old-Western saloon-style piano prancing. Any of the quartet’s songs might morph from throwback, “Scarborough Fair”-style folk to a rumbling, doom-filled jam at any moment. Though the lyrics are of the classic variety (booze, ladies, Jesus, heartbreak, lust), a few punchy one-liners stand out (“I put some whiskey into my whiskey”) Even the dangerously derivative Bob Dylan-style vocals don’t come off as plagiarism, but as charming and warmly familiar. The Brothers’ robust multi-member chorus sing-alongs during its live shows are also not to be missed. Drive-By Truckers — who recently released Brighter than Creation’s Dark — headline.