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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 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.

Squared Roots: Dead Rock West x the Everly Brothers

Posted on Jul 6, 2015 in Artist Interviews
Squared Roots: Dead Rock West x the Everly Brothers

Once known as “Little Donnie and Baby Boy Phil,” Don and Phil Everly started singing together as young boys, first with their parents and, later, on their own. Their childhood years in Iowa led to teenage years in Tennessee, eventually landing them in Nashville. Chet Atkins took a liking to the lads and got them […]

Five Questions: Twin Bandit

Posted on Jul 3, 2015 in Artist Interviews
Five Questions: Twin Bandit

The Canadian folk duo of Hannah Walker and Jamie Elliott — aka Twin Bandit — comes from a long line of harmony makers. Many times the pairing is made of siblings like the Louvins, Everlys McGarrigles, or Roches. While Walker and Elliott may not share biological DNA, their musical chemistry is undeniable. Twin Bandit’s debut […]

Between the Lines: “Tony”

Posted on Jul 1, 2015 in Short Stories
Between the Lines: “Tony”

Does anyone remember Tony? Of course you do. He was a quiet boy … a little over weight. He had breasts like a girl. Yeah. Him. Tony. Well, I sat behind him in class. Lucky me, right? When I wasn’t too busy feeling lonely and pissed because Jeanne wasn’t into me, I’d stare over his […]

Kacey Musgraves Sneaks Us in “Late to the Party”

Posted on Jun 30, 2015 in Song Premieres
Kacey Musgraves Sneaks Us in “Late to the Party”

Though her Pageant Material is only a week old, Kacey Musgraves is already racking up accolades for avoiding the sophomore slump. The album, which features 13 quirky country gems (plus a hidden bonus track), picks up where Same Trailer, Different Park left off. Indeed, Musgraves and her merry band of collaborators mined so much similar […]

Taking It on the Road: An Interview with Billy Joe Shaver

Posted on Jun 29, 2015 in Artist Interviews
Taking It on the Road: An Interview with Billy Joe Shaver

Sharing the bill with Reverend Horton Heat, the Blasters, John Doe, and others, country outlaw Billy Joe Shaver is set to close out this year’s Roadshow Revival: A Tribute to the Music of Johnny Cash in Ventura’s Mission Park. The event, which spans two stages and two days, takes place on June 27-28, and the […]