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  • Medeski Scofield Martin & Wood

    published December 10, 2014

    Iconic jazz guitarist John Scofield periodically joins the avant jazz groove trio of John Medeski, Billy Martin, and Chris Wood, which further... More >>

  • Nick Lowe & Los Straitjackets

    published December 3, 2014

    Who better to put the cool back into Yule than erstwhile Jesus of cool Nick Lowe? The eternally hip, ever clever Lowe has morphed over the years... More >>

  • Omar Souleyman

    published December 3, 2014

    A wedding singer from northeastern Syria, Omar Souleyman became known regionally via distribution of performance cassettes of his energetic mix of... More >>

  • Thee Oh Sees

    published November 26, 2014

    Thee Oh Sees are the baby of guitarist John Dwyer, who for a decade or so has been tripping on a lysergic wave of psychedelia brewed in the... More >>

  • Lucinda Williams

    published November 26, 2014

    No longer a woman of constant sorrow, Lucinda Williams still finds plenty of pain, struggle, wickedness, and heartache in the world. But... More >>

  • Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra

    published November 26, 2014

    Led by world-class trumpeter and premier jazz ambassador Wynton Marsalis, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra is one of the best and most prominent... More >>

  • Hot Rize

    published November 19, 2014

    Taking its name from a brand of flour that sponsored Flatt & Scruggs, Hot Rize came out of the Rockies in the midst of the newgrass movement of... More >>

  • Sam Roberts Band

    published November 19, 2014

    Montreal's Sam Roberts Band is far better known north of the border, where their heartland roots-leaning rock racked up popular support and slew... More >>

  • Atlantis Quartet

    published November 19, 2014

    The premier contemporary jazz band in the Twin Cities will record its next album live at this Icehouse performance. As on the 2011 live recording... More >>

  • New Pornographers

    published November 12, 2014

    Brill Bruisers, the first New Pornographers album in four years, refers to New York's legendary Brill Building, where ace songsmiths... More >>

  • New Politics

    published November 12, 2014

    Exuberant Danish rockers New Politics couldn't resist moving to the default world capital of indie rock — a.k.a. Brooklyn — and... More >>

  • Peter Hook & the Light

    published November 12, 2014

    Peter Hook's throbbing, ominous, rhythmically vital bass anchored the gripping, tormented post-punk of Joy Division and later the innovative... More >>

  • Bleachers

    published November 12, 2014

    Bleachers is yet another side project of Jack Antonoff, fun. guitarist/songwriter and increasingly in-demand pop collaborator for Taylor Swift,... More >>

  • Sallie Ford / Crooked Fingers

    published November 5, 2014

    Just when Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside seemed to be on a critical and popular roll, Ford split from her longtime band late last year, then... More >>

  • Garland Jeffreys

    published November 5, 2014

    Veteran New York singer-songwriter Garland Jeffreys has long epitomized the complexities of the Big Apple's grit, passion, philosophical idealism,... More >>

  • Bebel Gilberto

    published November 5, 2014

    Bebel Gilberto splits her time between New York and Brazil, where she grew up literally surrounded by music, including that of her parents, iconic... More >>

  • St. Lucia

    published November 5, 2014

    The synth waves that cascade through St. Lucia's billowy confections glitter with the blinding intensity of the sun reflecting off the Caribbean.... More >>

  • Dry the River + Nathaniel Rateliff

    published October 29, 2014

    London's epic folk-pop quartet Dry the River went to Iceland to write and record their second album, Alarms in the Heart, with Björk... More >>

  • Alt-J

    published October 29, 2014

    Alt-J emerged from Leeds University and soon earned comparisons to Radiohead for the unpredictable, mathematically complex tunes on its debut,... More >>

  • The Wytches

    published October 29, 2014

    Just in time for Day of the Dead frivolities, Brighton trio the Wytches arrive with appropriately ghoulish garage psychedelia gleefully stretching... More >>

  • Generationals

    published October 29, 2014

    Much of Alix, the fourth album from Generationals duo Ted Joyner and Grant Widmer, is lighter than air, synth-infused indie pop whose... More >>

  • Bob Dylan

    published October 29, 2014

    Dylan's perpetual transit on his so-called Never Ending Tour surpasses a quarter-century now and has included several recent stops in his home... More >>

  • Creole Choir of Cuba

    published October 22, 2014

    The roots of Creole Choir of Cuba's 10 members and repertoire stretch back to Haitians who immigrated to Cuba in the early 19th century. Many of... More >>

  • Pert Near Sandstone 10th Anniversary

    published October 22, 2014

    Minnesota urban bluegrass boys Pert Near Sandstone have thrived by injecting the new into old-timey string band music with just the right... More >>

  • Lonesome Shack

    published October 22, 2014

    On their way home from the relocated Deep Blues Festival (now in Clarksdale, Mississippi), Seattle blues trio Lonesome Shack will drop by the... More >>

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