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  • Torres

    published May 20, 2015

    There's an ominous desperation in Mackenzie Scott's voice and the lean, roiling rock on her second album, Sprinter. Scott, whose artistic... More >>

  • Other Lives

    published May 20, 2015

    Maybe it's the tornadoes that regularly rake their home state or the loneliness of the plains, but brooding melancholy and sweeping, majestic... More >>

  • Joe Ely

    published May 20, 2015

    Two key factors lie at the heart of Joe Ely's music: the wind-whipped expanses of the Texas Panhandle where Ely launched his career 40-some years... More >>

  • Butch Walker

    published May 20, 2015

    Since around the turn of the century, Georgia native Butch Walker has juggled an interesting but low-key solo career and production work for pop... More >>

  • Jeff Beck

    published May 20, 2015

    In the pantheon of guitar heroes, Jeff Beck ranks right up there with the greatest. He's a virtuoso and innovator who can range from a whisper to... More >>

  • Slim Cessna's Auto Club

    published May 13, 2015

    Jello Biafra allegedly said that Slim Cessna's hair-raising ensemble is the band that plays the bar at the end of the world. If so, northeast... More >>

  • Charlie Mars

    published May 13, 2015

    Mississippi singer-songwriter Charlie Mars has been knocking around the music biz for two decades. But only after his label folded and he... More >>

  • The Damnwells/Trapper Schoepp/The Cringe

    published May 13, 2015

    The Damnwells' new, eponymous album (their fifth), is the first in nearly a decade to feature the Brooklyn quartet's original lineup of singer... More >>

  • Billy Joel

    published May 13, 2015

    Billy Joel may not have started the fire, but recently he sure has been basking in the warm glow of prestigious accolades for his long, memorable... More >>

  • Inti-Illimani/Los Llaneros

    published May 13, 2015

    This extraordinary concert pairs bands from either end of South America in a benefit for a school in an impoverished neighborhood of Santiago,... More >>

  • Daniel Lanois

    published May 6, 2015

    Renowned producer Daniel Lanois, acclaimed for his atmospheric sophistication, helped create groundbreaking albums for the likes of U2, Peter... More >>

  • The Waterboys

    published May 6, 2015

    At the helm of the shifting crew that has been the Waterboys for some three decades, Mike Scott still musters his signature skirling passion and... More >>

  • Trio Brasileiro

    published May 6, 2015

    Guitarist Douglas Lora, mandolinist Dudu Maia, and percussionist Alexandre Lora are virtuoso musicians and educators who specialize in playing... More >>

  • Whitey Morgan and the 78's

    published May 6, 2015

    Although hailing from the industrial north (Flint, Michigan, to be precise), Whitey Morgan has a Texas honky-tonk heart. Singing in a gruff... More >>

  • Victoire/Glasser/Noveller

    published May 6, 2015

    This co-production by the Walker and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra's Liquid Music series features cutting-edge artists who "explore the sonic... More >>

  • Drive-By Truckers

    published April 29, 2015

    Restless Southern gothic rockers Drive-By Truckers may be between albums, but that's not preventing the band from hitting the road with an... More >>

  • Hurray for the Riff Raff

    published April 29, 2015

    As their name implies, Hurray for the Riff Raff embrace outsiders of every stripe along with the historic roots music that often defines them.... More >>

  • Death Cab for Cutie

    published April 29, 2015

    Kintsugi, Death Cab for Cutie's eighth album, is overshadowed and fundamentally influenced by two jarring rifts: guitarist Chris Walla's... More >>

  • Jason Moran and Robert Glasper

    published April 29, 2015

    Pianists Jason Moran and Robert Glasper were high school friends in Houston. Going on two decades later, both are signed to prestigious Blue Note... More >>

  • Paul Thorn

    published April 29, 2015

    A former professional boxer who once fought Roberto Duran, Paul Thorn is a Pentecostal preacher's son who shares Elvis's Tupelo hometown and... More >>

  • James McMurtry

    published April 22, 2015

    James McMurtry's been at this songwriting game for a long time now, telling the truth of the world via its fringe characters. His finely etched... More >>

  • Joe Bonamassa

    published April 22, 2015

    As a young guitar prodigy, 12-year-old Joe Bonamassa famously opened for no less than B.B. King. More than a quarter century later, Bonamassa is a... More >>

  • Rhiannon Giddens

    published April 22, 2015

    Carolina Chocolate Drops' Rhiannon Giddens is on quite a roll. Her magnificent voice and superb interpretive skills have helped define the Drops'... More >>

  • Steve Winwood

    published April 15, 2015

    Steve Winwood's noteworthy career stretches back more than 50 years, when the then-teenager helped put the Spencer David Group on the charts with... More >>

  • José González

    published April 15, 2015

    A Swedish native of Argentinian heritage, José González is a supple, quietly evocative singer, vivid songwriter, and classically... More >>

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