• 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.

Natalia Zukerman: Come Thief, Come Fire

Posted on Oct 30, 2014 in Album Reviews
Natalia Zukerman: Come Thief, Come Fire

Though the delicate sparseness of “Courage to Change” might lull casual listeners into thinking Natalia Zukerman is just another folk slinger, long-time fans know that is anything but the case. And, by the time everyone gets to the sinuous jazziness of Come Thief, Come Fire‘s second track and the bluesy saunter of the third, the […]

Lake Street Dive Works It at Cannery Ballroom

Posted on Oct 26, 2014 in Concert Reviews
Lake Street Dive Works It at Cannery Ballroom

Lake Street Dive. After all the raving reviews, let’s see what you got. With “Eye of the Tiger” setting the evening’s tone at the Cannery Ballroom in Nashville, drummer Mike Calabrese was first on stage to lay down a groove. Bassist Bridget Kearney, followed by guitarist Mike “McDuck” Olson, joined in before singer Rachael Price sashayed on […]

Jason Isbell Leaves His Mark on Ryman Auditorium

Posted on Oct 25, 2014 in Concert Reviews
Jason Isbell Leaves His Mark on Ryman Auditorium

One of the problems with music criticism is that, sometimes, a performance (or album) is so unspeakably stunning that words don’t — can’t — fairly capture or convey the experience. Such was the case when Jason Isbell began his three-night stand at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium by playing Southeastern, one of the best albums of 2013, […]

The Narrative of Experience: An Interview with Jennifer Knapp

Posted on Oct 24, 2014 in Artist Interviews
The Narrative of Experience: An Interview with Jennifer Knapp

Jennifer Knapp has a story to tell. It’s her story, but it’s also our story. On the surface, it’s seems like a story about faith and identity. But, really, it’s a story about life and love. Through her new album, Set Me Free, and new memoir, Facing the Music, Knapp tells more of this story […]

Missy Higgins: Oz

Posted on Oct 22, 2014 in Album Reviews
Missy Higgins: Oz

For her fourth studio outing, Australian singer/songwriter Missy Higgins has chosen to pay tribute to the music of her homeland. Among the 15 tracks are cuts by Paul Kelly, the Drones, the Blackeyed Susans, the Go-Betweens, and Slim Dusty. But, much like Joan Osborne did with the soul classics of How Sweet It Is, Higgins […]

Joan Osborne Mesmerizes the Multitudes at City Winery

Posted on Oct 19, 2014 in Concert Reviews
Joan Osborne Mesmerizes the Multitudes at City Winery

Way back in August of 1995 (August 24, to be exact), I saw Joan Osborne perform for the first time. By the end of the opening song (“Pensacola,” to be specific), I was smitten. In the 19 years since that night in Boulder’s Fox Theatre, I’ve had the pleasure of seeing Osborne perform more than […]