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  • 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 >>

  • Peter Matthew Bauer

    published July 9, 2014

    Bassist Peter Matthew Bauer's Liberation! is the latest and most surprising solo album to emerge from the Walkmen's camp in the wake of the... More >>

  • Béla Fleck with Brooklyn Rider

    published July 2, 2014

    Banjoist Béla Fleck is a musical visionary who has not only taken the instrument to previously unimaginable contexts extending to jazz,... More >>

  • The Hold Steady

    published July 2, 2014

    Although the Hold Steady are usually identified as a Brooklyn band, this still qualifies as a homecoming. Not only are singer Craig Finn and... More >>

  • Bill Frisell

    published July 2, 2014

    Bill Frisell's vivid explorations and syntheses of jazz, country, blues, rock, pop, and folk are distinguished both by his love for the roots... More >>

  • Buffalo Killers

    published June 25, 2014

    Cincinnati's Buffalo Killers used to be a terrific power trio, thrashing it out like a contemporary James Gang or, dare we say, Cream. But with... More >>

  • Ray LaMontagne

    published June 25, 2014

    For roughly a decade, Ray LaMontagne has wrapped his soulful, raspy voice around a reliably rootsy, folk-rock sound whose reflective lyrics lean... More >>

  • Twin Cities Jazz Festival

    published June 25, 2014

    The annual Twin Cities Jazz Fest is a great showcase for the rich and usually criminally neglected local jazz scene. With the old Artists' Quarter... More >>

  • Taj Mahal / Mavis Staples

    published June 25, 2014

    Treasures of African-American roots music long before the term was coined, Taj Mahal and Mavis Staples together represent a splendid historical... More >>

  • Tim Sparks

    published June 18, 2014

    This show marks the release of Chasin' the Boogie, the 10th solo guitar album from local fingerstyle magician Tim Sparks. Once part of the... More >>

  • Bruno Mars

    published June 18, 2014

    If Bruno Mars isn't yet the new King of Pop it isn't for lack of effort. Mars, who brings his Moonshine Jungle World Tour to the X for the second... More >>

  • John Hiatt & the Combo/Robert Cray Band

    published June 18, 2014

    The dynamic duo of John Hiatt and Robert Cray — plus their bands — should incite plenty of righteous howls at the zoo. Both are... More >>

  • Bob Weir & RatDog

    published June 11, 2014

    The Dead live. In fact any number of bands lay partial claim to the Grateful Dead's legacy, but none come closer to the rambling, exploratory,... More >>

  • Booker T. Jones

    published June 11, 2014

    Booker T. Jones created the classic Hammond B3 organ sound that was at the core of Booker T. and the MGs, the iconic Stax Records house band that... More >>

  • Billy Hart Quartet

    published June 11, 2014

    This quartet shows all the deeply intuitive instinct of their decade together. Leader and master drummer Billy Hart has a lengthy... More >>

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