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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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    Betty Who's full-length debut, Take Me When You Go, dropped late last year and, on the strength of pop gems like “Somebody Loves You,” "Heartbreak Dream," and "All of You," continued to push the young starlet along.

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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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    The War on Drugs' Lost in a Dream documents the emotional turmoil and torment of frontman/songwriter Adam Granduciel in sweeping, swirling soundscapes that go on and on, deeply ruminative paeans to surveying and surviving the wreckage of a life in broad daylight.

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    After their debut album, An Awesome Wave, crashed on our shores, so began the world's fascination with ∆. Even Miley Cyrus was a fan. Now, alt-J is back with This All Is Yours.

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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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    Joan Osborne, man. Joan Osborne. She's a singer's singer. No matter the era, no matter the genre, any song she lays her voice upon is made that much more glorious by her presence.

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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.

The Turning of the Tide: An Interview with They Might Be Giants’ John Flansburgh

Posted on May 22, 2015 in Artist Interviews
The Turning of the Tide: An Interview with They Might Be Giants’ John Flansburgh

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. This year, they circled back to their roots and reinstated their iconic Dial-a-Song program which features a new […]

The Waterboys Carry On: An Interview with Mike Scott

Posted on May 20, 2015 in Artist Interviews
The Waterboys Carry On: An Interview with Mike Scott

Though the Waterboys may not be a thoroughly household name, they are certainly a time-honored, time-tested musical brand. Founded in 1983 by Scotsman Mike Scott, the band’s revolving door has included more than 70 musicians from all over the United Kingdom and the United States. Scott looked to the latter region when it came time […]

Where There’s Folk, There’s Fire: An Interview with Buffy Sainte-Marie

Posted on May 18, 2015 in Artist Interviews
Where There’s Folk, There’s Fire: An Interview with Buffy Sainte-Marie

Buffy Sainte-Marie has been singing truth to power for more than 50 years now. From her start in the early 1960s onward, Sainte-Marie has written about the tough issues of war, addiction, governmental abuse, and cultural genocide in songs like “Universal Soldier,” “Cod’ine,” “Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee,” and “Now That the Buffalo’s Gone.” […]

Home Is Where the Song Is: An Interview with John Moreland

Posted on May 15, 2015 in Artist Interviews
Home Is Where the Song Is: An Interview with John Moreland

On his new album, High on Tulsa Heat, John Moreland explores the idea of home — what it means and doesn’t mean, what it is and what it wants to be. He questions the faith that some folks rely on and questions the love of others. It’s a deep, rich exploration of where he is, […]

Five Questions: Darrell Scott

Posted on May 14, 2015 in Artist Interviews
Five Questions: Darrell Scott

Ben Bullington wasn’t just any small-town Montana doctor. He was also a revered songwriter who counted Rodney Crowell, Will Kimbrough, and Darrell Scott among his fans and friends. But despite his musical output, Bullington’s first-ever performance happened in December of 2012 at Nashville’s Station Inn, a month after he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. The […]

Squared Roots: Will Dailey x Willie Nelson

Posted on May 13, 2015 in Artist Interviews
Squared Roots: Will Dailey x Willie Nelson

Willie Nelson is like the Energizer Bunny. He just keeps going and going, even as he celebrated his 82nd birthday last week. (The guy wrote his first song 75 years ago!) His career really got going in the 1950s, though, as he split his time between writing songs and radio DJing. By the time 1960 […]