Nothing warms a rock geek's bleeding heart quite like finding meaningful sounds where they're least expected. We trawl record stacks, haunt dingy bars, pore over fanzines, and search out the scratchiest stations on the radio dial, all with the faint hope of unearthing those glints of greatness. Like beat reporters and private eyes, we also cultivate our favorite sources of hot tips. One of my most reliable tipsters, the singer and songwriter Deanna Varagona, put me on the trail of my latest find, M. Ward. The Portland, Oregon... More >>>