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  • 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 >>

  • 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 >>

  • Nude Beach

    published October 22, 2014

    It's getting a little chilly around here for the lower-case phenomenon, but Nude Beach, the Brooklyn-outta-upstate trio, plays hook-friendly rock... More >>

  • Mary Black

    published October 22, 2014

    Irish singer Mary Black's work with her siblings as the Black Family, in the seminal Irish traditional band De Dannan, and in her acclaimed solo... More >>

  • Dean Magraw & Eric Kamau Gravatt

    published October 15, 2014

    Fire on the Nile is the new Red House release from guitarist Dean Magraw and drummer Eric Kamau Gravatt. Twin Cities native Magraw plays... More >>

  • Connie Evingson & the John Jorgenson Quintet

    published October 15, 2014

    Twin Cites chanteuse extraordinaire Connie Evingson returns to swinging gypsy jazz on her new album, All the Cats Join In. This time she's... More >>

  • Pearl Jam

    published October 15, 2014

    Twenty-five or so years in, quintessential Seattle grunge band Pearl Jam has mastered the rare art of turning arenas into intimate settings. Like... More >>

  • Willie & the Bees

    published October 8, 2014

    Although barely a rumor outside the upper Midwest, Willie Murphy and the Bumblebees were one of the most significant and accomplished bands in... More >>

  • Roy Hargrove Quintet

    published October 8, 2014

    Mercurial jazz trumpeter Roy Hargrove has been an eclectic force for a quarter-century in the grand musical swath stretching from hard bop, big... More >>

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