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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...

Drastic Fantastic

If you don’t think there’s a difference between the U.S. and U.K. music charts consider that KT Tunstall outsold all other female acts in the U.K. in 2005 and won a coveted Brit Award for best solo...

Challengers

When an indie rock band cites Burt Bacharach, Jimmy Webb and Brian Wilson as the songwriters who inspire them the most it might just make you curious enough to check out the band’s library. In the...

Under the Blacklight

Prepare yourselves, Rilo Kiley obsessives - Under The Blacklight ain’t your alt- country/indie-rock Rilo Kiley. Jenny and the boys have made a shimmering pop record that references some of your...

Lifeline

We’ve heard the phrase before, “the way albums used to be made.” Is it used to express nostalgia for the old days when music was authentic, unprocessed, immediate and honest? Does it suggest a...

The Historical Conquests of Josh Ritter

Last year’s The Animal Years marked a sonic change of direction for Josh Ritter. The young singer songwriter from Idaho had been cast in the role of keeper of the pure folk flame who kept things...

Versatile Heart

Whoever said you have to die to get to heaven hasn’t listened to Linda Thompson’s new release. Although that might sound like hyperbole I’m willing to stand by my bombastic declaration of love for...

A Year in the Wilderness

Last year when John Doe released Tomorrow Hasn’t Happened Yet many critics called it the best solo work of his career. Indeed it was a grand collection of thoughtful ballads and smarting rockers. How...

Chinese Boxes

Enter the journeywoman. She's written or co-written songs for a veritable who's who of country music including The Dixie Chicks, Trisha Yearwood, Patty Loveless, Suzy Bogguss, Radney Foster, Lorrie...

Time on Earth

Wow, what did Mrs. Finn eat while her sons were in vitro? Inquiring pop music lovers want to know. Must have been sweet but also substantial, something that one can enjoy growing on. Both Neil and...

Beauty & Crime

Suzanne Vega is so “New York” that its surprising to remember that she was born in Santa Monica, California. Vega’s early work painted portraits of young bohemian street musicians and artists in the...

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...

Easy Tiger

When a North Carolina boy, raised by his Mama and Grandma, is encouraged to read Edgar Allen Poe, Sylvia Plath and Jack Kerouac at a formative age, and listens to the music of Loretta Lynn and Johnny...

Memory Almost Full

Imagine the burden of being identified as a living music icon, a legendary figure of near mythical proportions. Everything you do is analyzed by thousands of critics who revere your early career and...

We Belong to the Staggering Evening

A Tribute to Joni Mitchell

Joni Mitchell's career has been unconventional, challenging and, ultimately, rewarding for her legion of fans. Her debut release consisted of smartly crafted songs grounded in the traditions of...

Sweet Warrior

Love is a battlefield, so the song says, and the ground is consecrated with the blood of lost affairs and decimated hearts. Witness one of the most decorated of veterans revisiting the sight of his...

The Conch

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...

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...

We'll Never Turn Back

Sometimes when the right producer hooks up with the perfect artist musical magic is the result. When Brian Eno teamed up with the Talking Heads for Remain in Light he forever changed our perception...

American Doll Posse

During her career Tori Amos has played with the concept of personas before but never to the extent that she does on American Doll Posse. The 23 songs on the release are written by five distinct...

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