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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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    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.

  • 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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    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.

Andrew Combs: All These Dreams

Posted on Mar 5, 2015 in Album Reviews
Andrew Combs: All These Dreams

Prince was right: Albums still matter. And Andrew Combs seems to know that. He also seems to know that songs and production also matter, if the album is to be worth its weight in vinyl. On All These Dreams, it’s obvious — even with a casual listen — that Combs put his focus on the […]

Drew Holcomb, Holly Williams: Hometown Goodness at Ryman Auditorium

Posted on Mar 4, 2015 in Concert Reviews
Drew Holcomb, Holly Williams: Hometown Goodness at Ryman Auditorium

Drew Holcomb is an interesting case study. Though he crafts readily accessible melodies, he doesn’t pander lyrically to the lowest common denominator. He’s not up there singing, “Oh, baby baby.” He’s singing about gratitude for a lost love, acceptance of personal vulnerabilities, and respect for life’s challenges. And that’s how he started his sold-out show […]

Refined, Restrained, and Just About Perfect: Gretchen Peters at the Franklin Theatre

Posted on Mar 3, 2015 in Concert Reviews
Refined, Restrained, and Just About Perfect: Gretchen Peters at the Franklin Theatre

Downtown Franklin, Tenn., provided the perfect setting last Friday night for Gretchen Peters’ album release party/performance. Like the record, the town’s Main Street is charming, pristine, and just a little bit out of the way. And, also like the record, the performance was refined, restrained, and just about perfect. As she made her way through […]

Brandi Carlile: More to the Story

Posted on Mar 2, 2015 in Feature Stories
Brandi Carlile: More to the Story

Most singers blessed with robust voices these days are content to fly their melodies as high and wide as possible, forsaking the song for the histrionics and allowing auto-tune to do the rest with no real craft to be found anywhere in the process. But, for Brandi Carlile, her voice is the instrument through which […]

The Bros. Landreth: Let It Lie

Posted on Feb 28, 2015 in Album Reviews
The Bros. Landreth: Let It Lie

It’s a little hard to believe that the Bros. Landreth hail from Winnipeg, Manitoba, because of how well they carry the Southern rock mantle of the Allman Brothers on their debut album, Let It Lie. Led by David and Joey Landreth, the foursome does an admirable job of copping a style and a sensibility foreign […]

Kristin Diable: Create Your Own Mythology

Posted on Feb 27, 2015 in Album Reviews
Kristin Diable: Create Your Own Mythology

Kristin Diable’s Create Your Own Mythology is an absolute gem of a record. Right out of the gate, the first track is equal parts Dusty Springfield, Lissie, and Neko Case, bringing the best from those renowned artists to bear in one crazy-great piece. Next up, “Hold Steady” deploys a slinky, shuffling groove and stretches out […]