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  • Barbara Morrison

    published December 31, 2008

    Michigan native Barbara Morrison has long been a stalwart of the L.A. jazz and blues scene, as a club performer with a variety of ensembles,... More >>

  • Dale Watson

    published December 31, 2008

    If you're still moving after last night's revelry, you couldn't start off the New Year much better than dragging your sorry ass down to Lee's and... More >>

  • BoDeans

    published December 24, 2008

    Kurt Neumann and Sam Llanas, sons of Waukesha, Wisconsin, have an ongoing partnership that has lasted nearly a quarter-century, based on solid... More >>

  • Todd Menton CD-Release Show

    published December 17, 2008

    This gathering on Cedar Avenue (well, inside the Cedar, probably) will mark the release of The Dolmen Field (New Folk), Todd Menton's third... More >>

  • Corey Stevens

    published December 17, 2008

    Often compared to Stevie Ray Vaughan, Illinois native Corey Stevens can play the Texas guitar slinger to the hilt, but actually is quite a bit... More >>

  • Luther Kent

    published December 17, 2008

    Armed with a classic blues voice—gruff, gritty, muscular, and with sufficient power to light up a small city—Luther Kent has had a... More >>

  • A Heartland Holiday Concert

    published December 17, 2008

    The music of fiddle and mandolin virtuoso Peter Ostroushko evokes the American heartland with the vivid colors and timbral splendor of Grant Wood... More >>

  • Marcia Ball

    published December 10, 2008

    Long tall Marcia Ball, queen of ivory-billed triplets descended from Professor Longhair and doused in the honky-tonk-laced sloughs of... More >>

  • Curtis & Loretta; Bittersweet Christmas Band (Double CD-Release)

    published December 10, 2008

    Longtime stalwarts of the local folk community Curtis Teague and Loretta Simonet are rich in tools that can vividly etch one of Loretta's highly... More >>

  • Kassin + 2

    published December 10, 2008

    Brazil's Kassin + 2 could more properly be called the Plus 2 Trio, which consists of Alexandre Kassin, bassist, guitarist, keyboardist, singer,... More >>

  • Yusef Lateef: The Gentle Giant

    published December 3, 2008

    Truth and serenity seem to ooze from Yusef Lateef's deep, mellifluous voice, even over a creaky phone line stretched halfway across the... More >>

  • Curtiss A's 29th Annual John Lennon Tribute

    published December 3, 2008

    For the 29th time, the prodigious spirit of John Lennon will command the stage at First Avenue as alter-ego Curtiss A offers this year's... More >>

  • James Carter

    published December 3, 2008

    Versatility and virtuosity have been the hallmarks of saxophonist James Carter, who hit the New York jazz scene with a flourish in the early... More >>

  • Larry Coryell Trio

    published December 3, 2008

    A key pioneer of jazz-rock, guitarist Larry Coryell fused incendiary rock and blues elements with jazz, achieving iconic status in the 1970s. He... More >>

  • Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings

    published November 26, 2008

    A human dynamo who at age 50 has more electrifying energy than entire—hell, multiple—bands a fraction her age, Sharon Jones may not... More >>

  • Shelby Lynne

    published November 26, 2008

    There would seem to be a natural affinity between Shelby Lynne and Dusty Springfield. But it took a suggestion from an unlikely... More >>

  • Clearwater Hot Club CD-release show

    published November 26, 2008

    Grand Rapids' water tower doesn't exactly rival Monsieur Eiffel's. But that northern Minnesota burg did spawn the Clearwater Hot Club, with its... More >>

  • Ahmad Jamal

    published November 19, 2008

    Influential jazz piano icon Ahmad Jamal continues showing off his impeccable technique and exploring fresh facets of his inimitable style on his... More >>

  • J.D. Souther

    published November 19, 2008

    Singer/songwriter J.D. Souther played a key, if somewhat behind-the-scenes, role in the rise of Southern California country rock in the early... More >>

  • C.J. Chenier

    published November 19, 2008

    Arriving late to zydeco after beginning his career playing top 40, multi-instrumentalist C.J. Chenier nonetheless managed to serve an... More >>

  • Trampled by Turtles CD-Release

    published November 19, 2008

    A quintet of nouveau bluegrass adventurers way too wily and quick on their feet to actually fall victim to slow-moving reptiles, Trampled By... More >>

  • SOLD OUT: Red House Records 25th Anniversary Grand Finale Concert

    published November 19, 2008

    St. Paul's Red House Records, the little folkie label that rose to international renown under the impassioned leadership of the late Bob Feldman,... More >>

  • Drive-By Truckers; the Hold Steady

    published November 12, 2008

    Dual headliners the Drive-By Truckers and the Hold Steady may come from opposite sides of the Mason-Dixon Line, but they share an intense rock 'n'... More >>

  • Joan Baez

    published November 12, 2008

    Iconic folk singer Joan Baez is celebrating the 50th anniversary of her career's start with her first album on the Billboard charts in 29 years.... More >>

  • Loudon Wainwright III

    published November 12, 2008

    Equally perverse and brilliant, Loudon Wainwright III has made a career and inspired a rabid cult following by dissecting the smelly remains of... More >>

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