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    When most bands knock a surprise hit out of the park, they'll do everything they can to replicate that success on their next at-bat. But the Ting Tings aren't most bands.

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    Stars have long crafted a sound that is unlike any other. It is compellingly literate, melodically elegant music made by and for the pop sophisticates among us.

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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.

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    OK Go's videos are their calling cards, often over-shadowing the music itself. But, really, the two elements define and depend upon each other. That's the secret of their creative alchemy.

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    On Nostalgia, Annie Lennox summons her quiet strength and subtle persistence to embrace and inhabit the ghosts that continue to echo through each chorus and verse of these classic songs.

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    In an age when so many pop stars are auto-tuned, if not ghosted, Bruce Hornsby continues to challenge himself and his audiences -- something he's done for the better part of 30 years now.

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    Watching Lisa Fischer perform, you can only conclude that she is a conduit of expression to and from another world. The experience is a spiritual one as much as it is a musical one.

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    As one of the clearest, most poignant voices Gen X has, even though Sinéad O'Connor's new album is a collection of love songs, there's an inherent urgency and a potency to the set that few other artists can match.

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    To call Linda Perry anything less than a Renaissance woman would miss the point. She's a singer, songwriter, musician, producer, engineer, record executive, philanthropist, and, now, reality TV star. But the whole of who she is is so much greater than the sum of all those parts.

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    From Mick Jagger to Joan Jett, rock stars are a distinct breed. They are all of the other archetypes rolled up into one irresistibly charismatic, implausibly appealing ball. If ever there was a box in which to put LP, that would be it.

The Geography of Sound: An Interview with the Ting Tings’ Katie White

Posted on Nov 20, 2014 in Artist Interviews
The Geography of Sound: An Interview with the Ting Tings’ Katie White

When most bands knock a surprise hit out of the park, they’ll do everything they can to replicate that success on their next at-bat. But the Ting Tings aren’t most bands. After they scored big with “Shut Up and Let Me Go” and “That’s Not My Name” off their first album, 2008’s We Started Nothing, […]

Focus On: Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn

Posted on Nov 16, 2014 in Feature Stories
Focus On: Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn

What happens when two greats join forces? Well, in the case of Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn, a whole lot of banjo playing. For their eponymous duo album, Fleck says the main conceit was that “it would just be the two of us all the way” — and not just in the studio. They also […]

Five Questions: Shawn Mullins

Posted on Nov 14, 2014 in Artist Interviews
Five Questions: Shawn Mullins

Although he’s most known for, basically, a pop hit, Shawn Mullins is one of those singer/songwriters who spins old-school yarns with his words, telling tales of hard-lived lives and hard-fought battles. Some of his characters are real, some aren’t… but they are all true. And it’s that focus, that care which sets Mullins apart. His […]

We’re in This Together: An Interview with Stars’ Pat McGee

Posted on Nov 11, 2014 in Artist Interviews
We’re in This Together: An Interview with Stars’ Pat McGee

Coming out of the early 2000s Canadian music scene that spawned bands like Arcade Fire, Broken Social Scene, Metric, and Feist, the five musicians who are Stars — Torquil Campbell, Amy Millan, Evan Cranley, Chris Seligman, and Pat McGee — long ago carved out a place for themselves amidst all the clatter. By floating the […]

The Push and Pull of Tom and Dick Smothers

Posted on Nov 8, 2014 in Feature Stories
The Push and Pull of Tom and Dick Smothers

“Whether you can say it or not, keep trying to say it.” Those were the words of support offered by George Harrison to Tom and Dick Smothers when he appeared as a surprise guest on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour in 1968. At the time, the brothers were in a heated battle with the censors […]

Five Questions: Michael Franti

Posted on Nov 5, 2014 in Artist Interviews
Five Questions: Michael Franti

Having just caught his breath after undertaking the Soulshine Tour this summer, Spearhead front man Michael Franti is now ramping up to do his first-ever acoustic run in November. But, from Vancouver in the north to Solana Beach in the south, only the west coast gets this little bit of Franti love. The tour accounts […]