BARRY COURTER: The first thing you notice about “Women & Country” are the names on the front and back.
BARRY COURTER: Two thoughts kept running through my head listening to the latest from the Drive-By Truckers, a band that has been playing here for years. First, they sound a lot like Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers. Second, I’d love to hear this record live.
CASEY PHILLIPS 1. Phoenix. "Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix." Glass Note. The moment the electrified, bopping strains of "Lisztomania" start popping out of your speakers like musical candy, it's obvious this French pop/rock quartet's fourth album is something special. From the upbeat, danceable opener to the more subdued, dreamy two-part "Love Like a Sunset," Phoenix's command of your ears and feet is unassailable.