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The label-defying group blend styles on their debut EP
By Alan Scherstuhl This list of the year's best country albums is assembled with two important premises in mind: First: If the people who record and listen to these records consider them country, than they're damn well country. Purists who argue that country should still sound like '68, '76, '84 or ... More >>
Heartless Bastards are gearing up for the release of their fourth album, Arrow on February 14. It just so happens that Arrow is the band's strongest record to date. It features a more versatile mix of psych, glam, classic rock, porch blues, R&B, funk and spaghetti-western. Singer/guitarist ... More >>
Aretha FranklinOctober 7, 2011Mystic Lake Casino, Prior Lake, MNIn an evening fit for a queen, what comes first is the purse. As her massive (and partially Minnesotan) backing band assembled themselves on stage, a well-dressed man who was presumably the Queen of Soul's handler scurried out o ... More >>
Photos by Steve CohenDan Penn August 15, 2011 Dakota Jazz Club, Minneapolis Rock and soul singer/songwriter Dan Penn may not exactly be a household name, but his songs and talents from the past 50 years now are most certainly worth recognition, making his two-night appearance at the Dakota t ... More >>
What's that you say? All you want for Christmas is to not be Travis Barker? That's easy; wish granted! Unless, of course, you are Travis Barker, in which case: too bad, so sad. You're always gonna look like a skate rat ghoul. Anyway, let's take a gander at what happened in the world of music last ... More >>
We wrote last week, somewhat frantically, about a massive, odd, and beautiful-sounding art parade and equally lovely-sounding show, organized and curated by Gay Beast's Dan Luedtke and Brute Heart's Jackie Beckey. We were so excited about it we asked Mr. Luedtke to give us a little more informati ... More >>
One of the most done-to-death archetypal rock songs in history gets a radical transformation.
We have to admit we were wrong when we predicted Sen. Amy Klobuchar's likely disastrous evening of comedy last night at the Washington Press Club Foundation dinner.
Elvis Costello's greatest album tops this week's pop culture picks
Stook and the Jukes make music for the corner bar and, um, Amsterdam?
Here are the week's best releases from the pop-culture universe:
Penumbra's Get Ready delivers a hilarious grudge match set to music
When black and white don't make gray
John Hammond had impeccable taste in music—and rarely hesitated to say so
A powerhouse performance from R&B singer Faith Evans
Ten scientifically approved verdicts about the best albums of the year
Ben Harper summons god and Johnny Rotten proves he's still the antichrist
Musicians and critics discuss their favorite aural aphrodisiacs
With her humble poise and non-Diva tone, Mary J. Blige is the unlikely heiress to Aretha's throne