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2014 Stories by Rick Mason

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  • tUnE-yArDs

    published July 16, 2014

    In the three years since tUnE-yArDs' last album, w h o k i l l, Merrill Garbus studied Haitian drumming and dance, and after a brief... More >>

  • Peter Matthew Bauer

    published July 9, 2014

    Bassist Peter Matthew Bauer's Liberation! is the latest and most surprising solo album to emerge from the Walkmen's camp in the wake of the... More >>

  • Béla Fleck with Brooklyn Rider

    published July 2, 2014

    Banjoist Béla Fleck is a musical visionary who has not only taken the instrument to previously unimaginable contexts extending to jazz,... More >>

  • The Hold Steady

    published July 2, 2014

    Although the Hold Steady are usually identified as a Brooklyn band, this still qualifies as a homecoming. Not only are singer Craig Finn and... More >>

  • Bill Frisell

    published July 2, 2014

    Bill Frisell's vivid explorations and syntheses of jazz, country, blues, rock, pop, and folk are distinguished both by his love for the roots... More >>

  • Buffalo Killers

    published June 25, 2014

    Cincinnati's Buffalo Killers used to be a terrific power trio, thrashing it out like a contemporary James Gang or, dare we say, Cream. But with... More >>

  • Ray LaMontagne

    published June 25, 2014

    For roughly a decade, Ray LaMontagne has wrapped his soulful, raspy voice around a reliably rootsy, folk-rock sound whose reflective lyrics lean... More >>

  • Twin Cities Jazz Festival

    published June 25, 2014

    The annual Twin Cities Jazz Fest is a great showcase for the rich and usually criminally neglected local jazz scene. With the old Artists' Quarter... More >>

  • Taj Mahal / Mavis Staples

    published June 25, 2014

    Treasures of African-American roots music long before the term was coined, Taj Mahal and Mavis Staples together represent a splendid historical... More >>

  • Tim Sparks

    published June 18, 2014

    This show marks the release of Chasin' the Boogie, the 10th solo guitar album from local fingerstyle magician Tim Sparks. Once part of the... More >>

  • Bruno Mars

    published June 18, 2014

    If Bruno Mars isn't yet the new King of Pop it isn't for lack of effort. Mars, who brings his Moonshine Jungle World Tour to the X for the second... More >>

  • John Hiatt & the Combo/Robert Cray Band

    published June 18, 2014

    The dynamic duo of John Hiatt and Robert Cray — plus their bands — should incite plenty of righteous howls at the zoo. Both are... More >>

  • Bob Weir & RatDog

    published June 11, 2014

    The Dead live. In fact any number of bands lay partial claim to the Grateful Dead's legacy, but none come closer to the rambling, exploratory,... More >>

  • Booker T. Jones

    published June 11, 2014

    Booker T. Jones created the classic Hammond B3 organ sound that was at the core of Booker T. and the MGs, the iconic Stax Records house band that... More >>

  • Billy Hart Quartet

    published June 11, 2014

    This quartet shows all the deeply intuitive instinct of their decade together. Leader and master drummer Billy Hart has a lengthy... More >>

  • The Okee Dokee Brothers

    published June 11, 2014

    Proud to be Okees from Shakopee — or at least somewhere in the Twin Cities, via Denver — Justin Lansing and Joe Mailander rarely get... More >>

  • Steve Earle & the Dukes (& Duchesses)

    published June 4, 2014

    From renegade roots rocker to collaborator with some of bluegrass's finest, from hard country and blues purveyor to folkie busker (in spirit,... More >>

  • Yann Tiersen / NO

    published June 4, 2014

    French composer and multi-instrumentalist Yann Tiersen's sweeping, evocative music is often cinematic in scale. Richly endowed with enchanting... More >>

  • Elvis Costello

    published June 4, 2014

    Elvis Costello's long, prolific, and brilliant career has been punctuated by a wide array of collaborations reflecting his wildly eclectic musical... More >>

  • Joe Ely

    published May 28, 2014

    Hailing from the wind-whipped Texas Panhandle, Joe Ely absorbed all the juicy sounds blowing by: Buddy Holly rock 'n' roll, honky-tonk, Tex-Mex,... More >>

  • The Monkees

    published May 28, 2014

    Hey, hey, they're still the Monkees, appropriately opening the Zoo's summer music series. Nearly 50 years after being assembled by corporate types... More >>

  • Irv Williams

    published May 21, 2014

    Listening to tenor saxophonist Irv Williams's burnished tone, his knowing way around a jazz ballad, or the way he swings passionately through a... More >>

  • Eels / Chelsea Wolfe

    published May 21, 2014

    If Eels' enigmatic engineer E hadn't ever encountered essentially every enervating emotion in his songwriting over the course of his career, the... More >>

  • Victor Wooten

    published May 21, 2014

    Victor Wooten is astoundingly eclectic, encompassing bluegrass, jazz, funk, R&B, rock, and fusions of every stripe. He co-founded the Flecktones... More >>

  • The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger

    published May 21, 2014

    The tiger isn't the only ghost with a prominent role in Sean Lennon and Charlotte Kemp Muhl's band GOASTT. The sweeping, meticulously crafted... More >>

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