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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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    While Lord Huron's airy and dusty Western vibe is still very much intact on the new record, Ben Schneider expands his musical and lyrical repertoire enough to keep things lively and fun.

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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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    On previous efforts, including 2012's Worried Man, Combs showcased his knack for songwriting and his penchant for timelessness. All These Dreams delivers on those promises … and then some.

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    In a self-imposed exile in L.A., Laura Marling found inspiration in the everyday lives around her, then transformed and translated them into her grittiest, densest work yet.

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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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    Kate Pierson's Guitars and Microphones is a refreshing pop pastiche, a solid “debut” for the… get this… 66-year-old who plans to hit the road soon to support the set.

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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.

  • OK GO on the set of The Writing's On The Wall

    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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    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.

The Way She’s Livin': An Interview with Lee Ann Womack

Posted on Apr 20, 2015 in Artist Interviews
The Way She’s Livin': An Interview with Lee Ann Womack

To really understand the Lee Ann Womack story, you have to start at the beginning, in the small East Texas town of Jacksonville and with the music that was on country radio at the time — including the station where her father worked as a DJ. It was the era of “real” country music from […]

Five Questions: The Honeycutters

Posted on Apr 17, 2015 in Artist Interviews
Five Questions: The Honeycutters

Based in Asheville, North Carolina, the Honeycutters live the roots life all the way through… even releasing their upcoming Me Oh My LP on Organic Records. With singer/songwriter — and, now, producer — Amanda Platt at the helm, the group puts their own spin on an old form. Sure, there’s a timeless quality to honest […]

The Weepies Keep It Simple with a “Crooked Smile”

Posted on Apr 15, 2015 in Feature Stories
The Weepies Keep It Simple with a “Crooked Smile”

Even though they’ve not been touring at all, the past few years have been full to overflowing for the Weepies — a new baby and a battle with breast cancer kept them off the road. Somewhere between going through all of that and coming out the other side, the husband-wife duo of Deb Talan and […]

Blazing Strange Trails: An Interview with Lord Huron’s Ben Schneider

Posted on Apr 13, 2015 in Artist Interviews
Blazing Strange Trails: An Interview with Lord Huron’s Ben Schneider

On Lord Huron’s 2012 album, Lonesome Dreams, frontman/songwriter Ben Schneider created a whole series of stories based on the fake Western fiction of George Ranger Johnson. His hero tumbled and tootled through windswept tales, searching high and low for a once-lost love. For the follow-up, the just-released Strange Trails, Schneider opened things up a bit, […]

The Bangles Get Back to Their Garage Pop Roots at City Winery

Posted on Apr 11, 2015 in Concert Reviews
The Bangles Get Back to Their Garage Pop Roots at City Winery

With a “1-2-3-4” click in from drummer Debbi Peterson, the Bangles rocked the pants off City Winery last night in their first Nashville appearance since 1988, and the first of this two-show stand. The group recently released their first EP and a batch of early archive pieces as Ladies and Gentlemen… the Bangles. To match […]

Squared Roots: Will Hoge x Ray Charles

Posted on Apr 10, 2015 in Artist Interviews
Squared Roots: Will Hoge x Ray Charles

Inspiring folks from Elvis Presley to Roger Waters to Billy Joel, Ray Charles was a musical force to be reckoned with. He’s in the Playboy Hall of Fame, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, the Georgia State Music Hall of Fame, the National Black Sports & Entertainment Hall of Fame … really, he’s in […]