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Brothers

Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney built the music of The Black Keys on Carney’s pulsing drum beats and Auerbach’s swampy guitar chords, occasional keyboards sidebars, and aching falsetto vocals. Their...

Heaven is Whenever

Heaven Is Whenever begins with a tinny slide guitar which suggests that the titular "whenever" is in the distant past. And, sure enough, frontman -- and Twin Cities native -- Craig Finn begins...

Feed My Soul

Wendell and Sherman Holmes, along with Popsy Dixon began playing together as The Holmes Brothers more than 30 years ago. In that time they’ve created a unique niche for themselves with their blend of...

WYEP : Live & Direct Volume #12

The latest and the greatest release features in-studio performances from Meeting Of Important People, Ani DiFranco, Eric Lindell, The Low Anthem, Elizabeth...

Oyo

Angelique Kidjo was raised in Cotonou, the capital of Benin, during the 1960s and ‘70s. As a girl she was exposed to Beninese traditional music, American soul, French jazz, the music of Bollywood,...

I Learned the Hard Way

I want Quentin Tarantino to make a movie about Sharon Jones. She’s got the storyline: in the 1970’s a young singer, fresh from her southern gospel singing background, new to the big northern city,...

Here Lies Love

I love David Byrne. He’s so smart, he’s so weird, he’s so talented. Only he could have come up with a double disc concept album about the life of Imelda Marcos, juxaposing her life with that of...

El Turista

From the opening notes of Josh Rouse’s El Turista it’s obvious the singer from Nebraska has experienced a sea change. “Bienvenido,”a breezy jazz instrumental reminiscent of the 60’s collaborations...

She & Him: Volume 2

Sometimes all you want is a simple tune, something to take your mind of things. Although you love Dylan’s thought-provoking ballads, Steve Earle’s manifestos, and Ani Difranco’s frank self-analysis’s...

Broken Bells

The Shins are a band that will change your life, or so said Natalie Portman’s character in the movie Garden State. Following the band’s 2007 release, Wincing the Night Away, lead singer James Mercer...

The Pursuit

Jamie Cullum is going to be around for a long time and is going to enjoy a very successful career. Already he’s forged a reputation as a gifted multi-instrumentalist, a sought after producer, a...

The Open Road

John Hiatt’s reputation as a songwriter is built upon his ability to capture the essence of characters and their everyday lives. He particularly singles in on men who struggle to create a home, who...

The Courage of Others

There is a Druidic sensibility about The Courage of Others, the 3rd release from the Texas band Midlake. The cover is adorned by a hooded, contemplative figure double-imposed for mirror effect – the...

Downtown Church

What is gospel music? If you’re going by the book, the bible or the dictionary, you’re talking about music that expresses Christian beliefs. The music takes on many forms; gospel has been sung in...

Declaration of Dependence

Erik Boe and Erlend Oye have occasionally been referred to as the Norwegian equivalent of Simon...

July Flame

Inspiration comes from the most unlikely places. In the summer of 2008 singer/songwriter Laura Veirs was struggling with writers block. On a hot Portland, Oregon afternoon she and a friend headed to...

East Carson Street

Joe Grushecky is a complicated guy and I mean that in the best sense of the word. Don’t assume anything about him, other than these basic facts; he’s one of the hardest working musicians this city...

Transference

While standing at the precipice of mass audience success thanks to their 2007 release Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga, the Austin, Texas-based band Spoon reflected on their musical direction. The band went back into...

Give Up the Ghost

Nothing matches the passion of a young woman singer songwriter. Over the years, beginning with Joni Mitchell and followed by an avalanche of artists - Suzanne Vega, Rickie Lee Jones, Tracy Chapman,...

MiddleCyclone

Neko Case’s sound is timeless in an idiosyncratic way. Much of her music would have sounded right at home around Tom Joad’s roadside campfire – sans production, and yet, I can imagine some future...

Secret, Profane & Sugarcane

It comes as no surprise that Elvis Costello is going acoustic, even a little rustic on Secret, Profane...

Love At the End of the World

For a country that is often viewed (unfairly) as the little sibling of the United States, Canada has produced a treasure trove of rock and roll to rival big bro. Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Rush,...

Electric Dirt

After a miraculous recovery from throat cancer Levon Helm released his first solo album in nearly a quarter century, 2007’s Dirt Farmer. Helm picked up a Grammy for that one and headed back into the...

With Blasphemy So Heartfelt

Folk music has seen its share of offshoot styles including new folk, alt-folk, and freak-folk. Add to that drone-folk, or at least that’s how I refer to the music of 19 year old Kent, Ohio...

Build Me This

If Build Me This was a movie it would be shot in Cinemascope. The camera would sweep down on wide open expanses full of golden light, and yet, there would be figures slightly out of focus, lurking in...

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