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  • Paul Weller

    published September 10, 2014

    Dubbed the Modfather for his work with mod-punksters the Jam in the late '70s, Paul Weller subsequently morphed into the suave leader of the... More >>

  • Rosanne Cash

    published September 3, 2014

    Although born in Memphis, Rosanne Cash grew up primarily in Southern California and spent most of her life estranged from the South, which of... More >>

  • Owen Pallett

    published September 3, 2014

    Canadian violinist, composer, arranger, singer, and Arcade Fire collaborator Owen Pallett's latest solo album, In Conflict, is a... More >>

  • Lee Bains III & the Glory Fires

    published September 3, 2014

    Lee Bains and the fiercely burning Glory Fires are ferocious Southern rockers out of Birmingham, Alabama, marinated in punk and Muscle Shoals R&B,... More >>

  • Marcia Ball

    published August 27, 2014

    Bayou piano queen Marcia Ball's music should turn the bandshell into a soggy, gator-infested roadhouse somewhere between Austin and New Orleans.... More >>

  • Salif Keita

    published August 27, 2014

    With an imperial lineage stretching back to the 13th-century founder of the Mali Empire, Salif Keita wasn't supposed to pursue a career in music... More >>

  • Aretha Franklin / The Four Tops

    published August 20, 2014

    The incredible Aretha Franklin, 72, has bounced back from an apparently dire health crisis a few years ago. She's reportedly slimmed down,... More >>

  • Katy Perry

    published August 20, 2014

    Katy Perry rose to top-of-the-pops status on the strength of a few standbys — spectacle, hooks, sexual innuendo — plus an eccentric,... More >>

  • Jeff Bridges & the Abiders

    published August 20, 2014

    Jeff Bridges's film career far overshadows his musical exploits. His singing reached a peak with his role as an outlaw country musician in... More >>

  • The Holmes Brothers

    published August 13, 2014

    The rich roots repository at the heart of the Holmes Brothers stretches from gospel to country with deep veins of soul, blues, and R&B. Since the... More >>

  • Royal Southern Brotherhood

    published August 13, 2014

    When it comes to southern music aristocracy, the Nevilles and Allmans are right at the top. Vocalist/percussionist Cyril Neville is best known for... More >>

  • Jamey Johnson

    published August 13, 2014

    Long-haired, long-bearded Alabaman Jamey Johnson is a Nashville rarity these days: a genuine country outlaw who doesn't care about snazzy outfits,... More >>

  • Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue

    published August 6, 2014

    New Orleans's Troy Andrews has grown in many ways since his childhood musical exploits inspired his Trombone Shorty moniker. His first two Verve... More >>

  • Santana / Rod Stewart

    published August 6, 2014

    This slightly awkward pairing of rock vets Carlos Santana and Rod Stewart promises hits galore. Santana's highly distinctive guitar work is... More >>

  • The Baseball Project

    published August 6, 2014

    The Baseball Project match finely detailed yarns about the game's charms and characters with ringing electric guitars and a wicked backbeat. The... More >>

  • Bruce Cockburn Band

    published August 6, 2014

    Canadian singer-songwriter Bruce Cockburn is an icon north of the border and has a strong cult following in the States thanks to some four decades... More >>

  • Mark Summer & Tierney Sutton

    published July 30, 2014

    Jazz chanteuse Tierney Sutton insists she never picked up on Joni Mitchell until hearing Both Sides Now, Mitchell's 2000 collection of... More >>

  • Wooden Shjips

    published July 30, 2014

    San Francisco's relatively reclusive Wooden Shjips (the "j" hiccup intentional) hail from the minimalist wing of the neo-psychedelic movement. The... More >>

  • Jenny Lewis

    published July 30, 2014

    Former Rilo Kiley singer Jenny Lewis put together her third solo album, The Voyager, amid trauma: her father's death, her band's breakup,... More >>

  • Phox / J.E. Sunde

    published July 30, 2014

    This Wisconsin invasion is spearheaded by Phox, a disarmingly ambitious art-rock outfit out of Baraboo that conjures up an intriguing,... More >>

  • Rebirth Brass Band

    published July 23, 2014

    The Rebirth won a Grammy for 2011's Rebirth of New Orleans, whose double entendre title reflects a persistent theme as the city continues... More >>

  • Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin with the Guilty Ones

    published July 23, 2014

    The Blasters were a blast, rolling out of the early-'80s L.A. punk scene with prickly mix of rockabilly, blues, rock 'n' roll, country, and other... More >>

  • Kate Tucker & the Sons of Sweden

    published July 23, 2014

    While the 400 Bar continues to work on its unlikely transition from Minneapolis's funky West Bank to the soulless Mall of America, there's an... More >>

  • 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 >>

  • Jackson Browne

    published July 16, 2014

    Awaiting the release this fall of his 13th studio album, Jackson Browne is out this summer with a solo acoustic tour spanning his four-decade... More >>

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