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Vagabonds

Gary Louris has paved a career path that finds him moving from the fast lane of rock to the slower lanes of folk. The dividing line is the ever present sense of country blues that permeates his...

A Mad & Faithful Telling

Devotchka is nothing if not contradictory – and they are much more than that. The Denver-based quartet is complex, quirky, and immensely entertaining. Their music is a unique amalgamation of old and...

Giving Up the Ghost

Giving Up the Ghost is Jackie Greene's 4th album, and the California singer/songwriter continues to expand his musical horizons while still delivering his keen penchant for catchy melodies and smart...

Working Man's Cafe

Ray Davies has mixed emotions about the U.S. and globalization. Well, maybe his feelings aren’t so mixed; he makes it pretty clear that he’s unhappy about the tentacles of cultural imperialism...

Golden Delicious

During his days with Soul Coughing it was easy to overlook Mike Doughty’s talent as a songwriter. The band’s idiosyncratic sound overpowered his clever turns of phrase and skewed world perspectives;...

Watershed

It’s the voice. There is no other like it in recent history although there have been comparisons to Roy Orbison and Patsy Cline. Still this voice is singular, agile, magnificent and when given the...

Jukebox

The audacity of interpretation! Taking songs that are identified with legendary singers and turning them on their heads takes a lot of guts. It also helps to have the talent - and respect for the...

Sleep Through the Static

The first time I listened to Jack Johnson’ new record, Sleep Through the Static, I was on the treadmill. I began to wonder if I was running in sand; my pace slackened as a languid smile slid across...

Rain

Back in the day Joe Jackson, Graham Maby and Dave Houghton were young princes of the New Wave scene, resplendent in straight-legged pants, skinny ties, shiny suit jackets and pork-pie hats. New Wave...

Lady's Bridge

It isn’t surprising that Richard Hawley, former member of the Britpop bands The Longpigs and Pulp, would be a contributor to Nancy Sinatra’s 2004 release and accompany her on her 2005 European tour....

Free Life

Dan Wilson is like one of those great character actors you admire; you respect the body of work, you recognize the face but you can never quite remember the name. In this case you would probably...

Nevermind My Blues

Ben Arnold is fine example of a blue-collar Philadelphia singer/songwriter - and I mean that as a compliment. I’m not referring to high society Philadelphia; I’m talking about the gritty urban...

Sky Blue Sky

Over the years the band Wilco has managed to defy being categorized thanks to their choice of musical paths. They've zig-zagged between alt-country, contemporary folk, psychedelic, experimental, and...

Marshmallow World & Other Holiday Favorites

Raul Malo Marshmallow World...

The Reminder

Subtlety is a powerful tool in the hands of an artist who appreciates thoughtful understatement and the beauty of open space. Leslie Feist, after an early career of creating music so loud that it...

Emotionalism

Let's begin with a list of artists that the Avett Brothers have been compared to: Buddy Holly, Bill Monroe, The Beatles, The Band, Nirvana, The Violent Femmes, Roy Orbison, The Everly Brothers, The...

Inside In/Inside Out

Luke Prichard and Max Rafferty, like other young hopefuls studying at the Brighton Institute of Modern Music, were working hard and waiting for their big break in the music industry. Like the other...

Soap and Water

Recently I read an article in which a music critic referred to Chuck Prophet as a ‘smart-assed’ rocker. If that be the case, that ass matches the rest of him. Prophet comes by his education through...

Raising Sand

Okay, what genius decided to pair one of the great kings of British rock with America’s reigning queen of bluegrass? Who thought to match Robert Plant, he of the curling locks, searing vocals and...

Chrome Dreams II

Buddy Holly once implored early rockers to “not fade away.” Neil Young takes that advice a step further, ensuring that his lost songs “not faded away.” The 1970’s and ‘80s were a prolific period for...

Songs of Mass Destruction

When an artist reaches a certain point in her career it’s easy enough to listen to her new release with old ears. Annie Lennox has been recording since the late 1970’s. She hit mega-success when her...

The Shepherd's Dog

Sam Beam’s music comes at you like a mirage in the desert. You notice (you think) a shimmering movement in the distance, its shape indiscernible. You find yourself moving towards it until finally,...

Washington Square Serenade

Goodbye, Guitar Town, Hello New York City. With a guitar slung over his shoulder, his beautiful new red-headed bride on his arm and a head full of new ideas Steve Earle takes to the streets of a...

Magic

Close your eyes and Bruce Springsteen is a grungy looking 26 year-old rocker who is changing the world of Rock ‘n’ Roll. Open your eyes – Bruce is a 58 year-old who continues to rock a changing world...

The Scene of the Crime

Bettye LaVette is the type of petite woman who could kick your ass three ways to each direction if she chose to. She’s also the kind of woman who is just as likely to laugh at you, call you honey and...

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