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Draw the Line

Brooding is a word I’ve come to associate with David Gray. Even his most intimate love ballads belie a moody underbelly that suggests struggle and consequence to even the strongest of bonds. Perhaps...

Get Lucky

Ever notice how some people seem to be caught outside of time, as if they don’t belong to the generation they were born into? The more I hear of Mark Knopfler the more I wonder if he isn’t a...

Joy

Great jam bands don’t fade away; they just take time off to re-gel and return to regale. During a hiatus of 5 years, members of the band worked on solo projects but Phish was never far from their...

Taller Children

Influences often come through cultural osmosis. You may not even know who’s inspired you until someone points out the connection. As I listened to Taller Children, the debut from Elizabeth and the...

For Crying Out Loud

Scott Miller is the kind of guy you’d feel comfortable sharing a few brews with on a soggy summer evening. He reminds you of the guys you work with, he’s the neighbor who distracts you from cutting...

Everybody

It’s not surprising that Ingrid Michaelson has a background in Theater. Her voice is so expressive and her songs are set up like little plays. She knows how to write a song that will draw you deep in...

Tell 'Em What Your Name Is

From Amazon.com: Tell `Em What Your Name Is!, the debut album from Black Joe Lewis...

Some Assembly Required

It’s hard to believe that Some Assembly Required is only the third studio album from Assembly of Dust. It feels like they’ve been around forever but the band only formed in 2002 at Cornell University...

American Central Dust

Jay Farrar’s voice is a dry, dusty wind that blows across towns and prairies, picking up pieces of the landscape and spinning them out into designs of American life. He’s been honing this skill since...

Outer South

When Conor Oberst recorded his solo 2008 album in Tepoztlan, Mexico the resulting work received an eponymous title and his backing band was christened The Mystic Valley Band. The group of 6 musicians...

Echo

I have a great appreciation for intelligent songwriters, artists who can relay ideas, convey emotions, tell a story with detail and insight while steering clear of triteness or excessive verbiage....

Wilco (the album)

Talk about eponymous. Wilco wrap themselves in Wilco three-times fold by anointing both their album and opening track Wilco -“The Album” and “The Song.” But in a strange way it fits because the band...

My Maudlin Career

I sit at my desk tapping my toe and bobbing my head as Tracyanne Campbell lilting vocals coo out “How many times have you told me you want to die?/How many times have you told me now that you’ve...

White Lies For Black Times

For the better part of a decade Ben Harper and his band The Innocent Criminals created music that was multi-layered, subtle, one might even say manicured. There was a lot of thoughtful process in...

Big Whiskey & The Groo Grux King

The arc of any successful band curves up, peaks then drops; the real trick is in finding the momentum for a new upward swing. Unfortunately for the Dave Matthews Band, that inspiration came at the...

Rhett Miller

When Rhett Miller visited WYEP in October 2008 it was with his Old 97’s band mate and co-writer, Murray Hammond. During the in-studio interview Rhett talked about the dichotomy between his solo work...

Stereo Rodeo

A lot has changed since Rusted Root first began playing around Pittsburgh back in early late ‘80s and early ‘90s. The band experienced great success selling over 3 million albums, scored a huge hit...

Mr. Lucky

The two top competitors for the Roy Orbison sound-alike contest have returned this year, interestingly enough, with similarly titled releases. Earlier this year Raul Malo released Lucky One, his...

Gulf Coast Highway

When that evil-hearted woman Delilah robbed her way-to-loyal beau of his long shiny locks she stole away Sampson’s power to create upheaval. Eric Lindell, who’s been building a swell reputation as a...

WYEP’s Live & Direct: Volume 11

WYEP's Community Broadcast Center was conceived, in part, as a space where music lovers would converge to experience live performances. Since January 2006 WYEP has hosted dozens of live music events...

Poseidon and the Bitter Bug

Are you an Indigo Girls fan? Do you like pretty, nylon-string plucked guitar melodies drenched in weeping emotions? Do you favor intertwined harmonies honed to perfection over 20 years worth of...

Blue Lights On the Runway

Producing an album is a lot like creating a great recipe. Too much of one element can overwhelm the rest of the ingredients. Bell X1’s last album, Flock, was a critically acclaimed success thanks in...

Keep It Hid

Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney, aka The Black Keys, make an amazingly huge sound for just two guys. Imagine if you pared their output down to one guy, what might you get? In the case of Dan Auerbach...

A New Tide

The British quintet, Gomez, defies simple categorization. They weave pop, rock, psychedelia, electronic, and folk into a hazy aural quilt that can be comforting if you don’t mind the scratchy edgings...

Bare Bones

Madeleine Peyroux’s reputation as a skilled song interpreter stands without question. Since her debut release in 1996 the singer has borne comparison to a number of great jazz chanteuses, most...

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