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  • 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 >>

  • Glenn Tilbrook

    published October 8, 2014

    Glenn Tilbrook and writing partner Chris Difford often have been called the Lennon and McCartney of their era. Tilbrook supplied quirky,... More >>

  • Lily Allen

    published October 1, 2014

    Lily Allen disappeared from the pop wars for about five years while starting a family, and re-emerged last spring with her third album,... More >>

  • JJ Grey & Mofro

    published October 1, 2014

    Bubbling up among the skeeters and gators in the blackwater swamps and piney woods of north Florida is the greasy soul, funk, rock, and blues... More >>

  • Shovels & Rope

    published October 1, 2014

    On Swimmin' Time, the second album from Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent as Shovels & Rope, the duo further hone their critical, often... More >>

  • Ty Segall/La Luz

    published September 24, 2014

    Prolific San Francisco garage rocker Ty Segall has reached a creative peak on his dazzling new 17-track album, Manipulator. Driven by his... More >>

  • The Cookers

    published September 24, 2014

    "They aren't household names," Dakota impresario Lowell Pickett said recently of the Cookers' lineup. "They are in my household," muttered the... More >>

  • Benjamin Booker

    published September 24, 2014

    Guitarist, singer, and songwriter Benjamin Booker is riding a wave of enthusiasm that's already declaring him hands-down new artist of the year.... More >>

  • Sena Ehrhardt

    published September 17, 2014

    This Dave's show will mark the release of Live My Life, Southern Minnesota native Sena Ehrhardt's third album for the San Francisco blues... More >>

  • Festival Palomino

    published September 17, 2014

    Nouveau bluegrass adventurers Trampled By Turtles (pictured) have gradually built a national rep, turning up on Letterman and now... More >>

  • Pokey LaFarge's Central Time Tour

    published September 17, 2014

    Pokey LaFarge hails from St. Louis, "just a plain old Midwestern boy just gettin' by on central time." But his origin is the only thing plain... More >>

  • 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 >>

  • Global Roots Festival

    published September 10, 2014

    The Cedar's annual Global Roots Festival helps kick off the fall season with sounds from far-flung spots, stretched across three days and all for... 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 >>

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