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Nothing is Wrong

Dawes – Nothing Is Wrong The LA band Dawes is having their day in the sun with the new album Nothing Is Wrong. The young band draws upon influence from Jackson Browne, Crosby Stills Nash...

Yes And Also Yes

In his days as songwriter and singer for Soul Coughing Mike Doughty spat out rapid-fire ironic screeds and goofy rhymes that raced on idiosyncratic rhythms and big beats. To be fair the erudite...

Pennies In a Jar

Nicholle Jean Leary, aka, Nikki Jean turns 27 years old this week. Her career began as a member of the indie hip-hop band Nouveau Riche, then as a featured performer on Lupe Fiasco’s album The Cool....

Dedicated

Unsung heroes abound in the world of music. You might consider Steve Cropper one of the unsung. Yes, he’s gained a hard fought reputation amongst the musically astute but how many folks know that he...

Sky Full Of Holes

Fountains of Wayne Sky Full Of Holes Yep-Rock Records Sky Full Of Holes is the 5th release lead by songwriters Adam Schlesinger and Chris Collingwood. Fountains of Wayne have been together since...

The Harrow & The Harvest

A woman, a man, 2 acoustic guitars, a couple of banjos, harmonica, hand-claps and foot-stomps; combine these with beautifully poignant songs and you have The Harrow...

Rave On Buddy Holly

Buddy Holly lived 22 short years and his recording success only took off 18 months before his death. Despite the limited time he was given Holly’s effect on the world of rock and roll is astounding....

Sing It Loud

Does k.d. lang’s return to Nashville announce a resurrection of her very alternative take on country music? Yes and no. There’s enough dobro, pedal steel, and banjo to keep her work with her former...

The Grand Theater Volume 2

Less than a year after releasing The Grand Theater Vol. 1, The Old 97s follow up with its companion disc, The Grand Theater Vol. 2. Most of the 13 songs were recorded during the same sessions as the...

Whatever's On Your Mind

Gomez celebrates fifteen years as a band with a new release that focuses on the core musical values that have come to be identified with their songs. That being said, it’s important to point out that...

Torches

Welcome to summertime when big beats, whistling hooks, synthesized rhythms, and chanting choruses rule the airwaves. Foster the People has already made its bid for hit song of the summer of 2011 with...

Codes and Keys

Ben Gibbard remembers hearing John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s Double Fantasy album as a child of 4 years old. Today, as a 35 year old recently married man, he finds inspiration in the album, referring to...

See My Friends

The legendary Ray Davies unveils his extraordinary new album paying tribute to his revered band The Kinks on, See My Friends. See My Friends features an all-star cast of collaborators, including...

Revelator

The inevitable has happened and it is a great thing. Guitarist extraordinaire Derek Trucks, and his wife, the superb singer Susan Tedeschi, have put their successful careers on hold in order to...

Collider

Sam Roberts and his band made a big splash with their 2008 release Love at the End of the World. That album’s themes examined the deteriorating state of the earth and its impact on society although...

Helplessness Blues

Being that I was too young at the time, I cannot say that, if I had been of age in the 1960s, I would have been listening to the heady sounds of Crosby, Stills, and Nash, Fairport Convention, Jethro...

Hard Bargain

After 40 years in the music industry, after 25 albums, countless tour dates, and a dozen Grammy awards, is there anything that Emmylou Harris finds daunting about making music? It seems songwriting...

Live and Direct Volume 13

Live and Direct Volume 13 is here! We've collected 17 of the best live performances from the past year for Live and Direct Volume 13. Featuring tracks from local acts including Colonizing the...

Gimme Some

Everyone has his or her guilty musical pleasure. Often it’s an absurdly popular song or singer with mass audience appeal which makes them far too obvious a choice for you, the discerning listener. At...

Rockpango

As the United States' demographic changes so goes our cultural baseline. In the 1970’s rock was dominated by southern California vibes and Southern swamp boogie. There was one band, Santana, which...

Scandalous

What is it that consumes young men’s thoughts? If, perchance, you’ve forgotten pick up a copy of Black Joe Lewis and The Honeybear’s sophomore release. Ah, yes, now you remember. Living up to its...

Blessed

Lucinda Williams’ voice is a rugged, well-worn, vulnerable thing, transparent to the point of revealing a depth of emotion that evades many singers. Likewise, her songs aren’t conventionally pretty...

Collapse Into Now

R.E.M.’s 2008 release, Accelerate, lived up to its name as the band jettisoned softer ballads to jet through a collection of succinct blazing rockers. In comparison Collapse Into Now is a reflection...

Fixin' To Die

Throughout his career Garret Dutton, aka, G. Love has played at the shallow end of the pool of roots music. He’s splashed elements of blues and folk into his music from time to time albeit with hip-...

100 Lovers

Every cinematic adventure deserves an overture, in this case strings, delicate as butterflies that pair up with tentative piano chords that grow more assured as the song progresses. Rhythmic acoustic...

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