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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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    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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    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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Squared Roots: Shawn Mullins x Doc Watson

Posted on Jan 26, 2015 in Artist Interviews
Squared Roots: Shawn Mullins x Doc Watson

Born in Deep Gap, North Carolina, in 1923, Arthel Lane “Doc” Watson went blind before he saw his first birthday, but that didn’t keep him from greatness. Watson bought his first guitar for $10 from Sears Roebuck and taught himself how to play the Carter Family’s “When Roses Bloom in Dixieland.” Jimmie Rodgers was another […]

Let Freedom Sing: At the Top of Their Lungs

Posted on Jan 23, 2015 in Feature Stories
Let Freedom Sing: At the Top of Their Lungs

“All censorships exist to prevent anyone from challenging current conceptions and existing institutions. All progress is initiated by challenging current conceptions, and executed by supplanting existing institutions. Consequently, the first condition of progress is the removal of censorship.” – George Bernard Shaw As the 1990s rolled in, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) continued to employ […]

Six Decades of Humor and Hits: Kenny Rogers with the Nashville Symphony

Posted on Jan 22, 2015 in Concert Reviews
Six Decades of Humor and Hits: Kenny Rogers with the Nashville Symphony

When you grow up listening to an artist like Kenny Rogers — and count him as one of your first concerts — it’s a strange and wonderful thing to see him perform 35 years later. After opening up with “Love or Something Like It” and “It’s a Beautiful Life,” replete with punchy horns and audience […]

Slinky and Sultry, Fierce and Funky: Lisa Fischer with Grand Baton at City Winery

Posted on Jan 20, 2015 in Concert Reviews
Slinky and Sultry, Fierce and Funky: Lisa Fischer with Grand Baton at City Winery

Let’s just face facts: Lisa Fischer may well be the most exquisite singer in the world. That’s not hyperbole; that’s just observation. Taking the stage at Nashville’s City Winery, Fischer closed her eyes, took some deep breaths, and sank into the space as her voice wandered around some ambient vocalizations before easing into a gorgeously […]

The Forever of a Moment: An Interview with Ani DiFranco

Posted on Jan 19, 2015 in Artist Interviews
The Forever of a Moment: An Interview with Ani DiFranco

Pretty much since she started releasing records in the early 1990s, Ani DiFranco’s songwriting has been the gold standard by which others in her realm are measured. And, yet, very few even come close to challenging her gift. They can’t. DiFranco’s phrases and phrasing are so unique and specific to who she is as a […]

Let Freedom Sing: A Change Is Trying to Come

Posted on Jan 16, 2015 in Feature Stories
Let Freedom Sing: A Change Is Trying to Come

“Once a government is committed to the principle of silencing the voice of opposition, it has only one way to go, and that is down the path of increasingly repressive measures, until it becomes a source of terror to all its citizens and creates a country where everyone lives in fear.” – Harry S. Truman […]