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    Having set the artistic bar so immeasurably high with Southeastern, Jason Isbell challenged himself to best that effort with his new LP, Something More Than Free, and both he and producer Dave Cobb believe he did.

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    Witnessing country singer/songwriter Ashley Monroe's career unfold feels very much like watching some of the greats in their prime, with her voice, songs, and style coming together in perfect harmony.

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    For 12 years now, various incarnations of this great American rock 'n' roll band have been churning out soulful, bluesy, rootsy records in an era of cookie-cutter records made by assembly-line bands.

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    Politically outspoken, in his life and his art, Steve Earle learned his craft from the masters -- guys like Townes Van Zandt, Kris Kristofferson, and Bob Dylan -- who often ran toward a challenge rather than away from it.

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    For over 30 years now, the Indigo Girls have continually pushed their music forward, switching up styles and sounds as their muses demand -- because, despite their activist and acoustic leanings, they've never been mere folk singers.

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    Chris Stapleton's soulfully rocking take on country music sidles up alongside Tim McGraw as naturally as it does Sturgill Simpson and Willie Nelson, carving out a middle ground that may well suit the mainstreamers, the upstarts, and the outlaws, alike.

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    Maybe not quite to the level of Johnny and June or Sonny and Cher, but the Weepies' Steve Tannen and Deb Talan are a much-beloved husband-wife duo who have been making delightful folk-pop records for the past dozen years or so.

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    It's a little bit crazy to think that John Linnell and John Flansburgh have been making music as They Might Be Giants for more than 30 years now. And, in some ways, they are just getting started.

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    No one has ever been able to pin Buffy Sainte-Marie down, and her new album continues that tradition. With more fire and less folk, it brings her music and mindset all the way into the 21st century.

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    From the opening strains of the title track through all the howls and hollers that follow, Alabama Shakes' new album is a huge step forward, artistically… though not a surprising one to anybody who knows their work and certainly not to the band.

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    Ben Gibbard has long been considered one of the most literate and compelling voices on the rock scene, indie or otherwise, and on his eighth Death Cab for Cutie album, Kintsugi, he has staged a return to form that even he acknowledges.

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    Lee Ann Womack makes the kind of country music that country used to be -- the kind of country that sings about heartaches, not tailgates. And it's the kind of country that proves how much she still has to offer and how ready she is to offer it.

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    For Brandi Carlile, her voice is the instrument through which she pays respect to life and love, to icons and idols. And, 10 years on, her story is a part of musical history still in the making.

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    Filled with confessions and communiqués in the guise of pop songs, Mary Lambert's Heart on My Sleeve finds the singer wearing her heart and, indeed, everything else on her sleeve.

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    While Ani DiFranco's latest release, Allergic to Water, may seem more peaceful than a lot of her works, it's no less puissant. No longer someone who is living in clip, DiFranco offers a languid meditation on life as she knows it, in this moment... not the next.

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    Antony and the Johnsons partnered with Charles Atlas for a remarkable performance piece called Turning. Now, the piece is being released as a DVD and CD in hopes that it finds a broader audience... and that's all Antony has ever dreamed of for this magical and transformative project.

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    For 25 years now, Lenny Kravitz has maintained a level of cool and creativity that few others have been able to match. How does he do it? He just feels and follows.

Between the Lines: “Along the Way”

Posted on Jul 30, 2015 in Short Stories
Between the Lines: “Along the Way”

God. How’d I get here? I had a life way back in Tennessee. It wasn’t much of a life, but it was mine. And it was good. Well … good enough. The only reminder of it left, I still got a picture of my bride-to-be. Man, she’s beautiful. I loved her from the moment I […]

Jason Isbell: Something More Than Free

Posted on Jul 29, 2015 in Album Reviews
Jason Isbell: Something More Than Free

As soon as “If It Takes a Lifetime” opens Jason Isbell’s Something More Than Free, it’s obvious that the singer/songwriter did not make Southeastern: The Sequel. Quite the opposite, really. Southeastern overflowed with cutting lyrical that rock his fellow writers back on their heels in awe every time they hear them. Lines like this (from […]

Jerry Was There: Neal Casal and the Grateful Dead’s Swan Song

Posted on Jul 27, 2015 in Feature Pieces
Jerry Was There: Neal Casal and the Grateful Dead’s Swan Song

Recently, the Grateful Dead celebrated its 50th anniversary and bid the world adieu with five Fare Thee Well performances split between Santa Clara, California, and Chicago, Illinois. The lineup onstage featured Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann along with Trey Anastasio, Bruce Hornsby and Jeff Chimenti. Offstage, another band came together to […]

Between the Lines: “Before It Falls”

Posted on Jul 24, 2015 in Short Stories
Between the Lines: “Before It Falls”

The picture from the television keeps shifting the shadows in the room. The ceiling, a Rorschach test that I’m failing. The lamp isn’t on, but a light from down the hallway casts him in silhouette from where I’m sitting on the floor leaning my back into the softness of the chair. I watch the ash […]

Kacey Musgraves: Pageant Material

Posted on Jul 22, 2015 in Album Reviews
Kacey Musgraves: Pageant Material

There’s a reason sophomore albums are considered a tough nut to crack. An artist has only a year or two to write a batch of tunes that stack up to the batch from their debut that they had their whole pre-debut life to write. Whether or not that debut was successful, the artist also has […]