Equally inspired by the lonesome sounds of folk, country, and the blues, and the frenetic sounds of rock and bluegrass (and psychobilly!), the Bitterroot Band will no doubt find a welcome home in today's current roots/Americana-friendly landscape. But their presentation is so genuine, it doesn't see ... More >>
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On their new album Tombstone Bullets, The Cavalier Crooks have produced an album that grabs hold with dusty, writhing fingers, and won't let go. It's rare to find a band that manages to wholly inhabit a different degree than the masses, and even rarer to find one that makes music in that place tha ... More >>
A conversation with a local guitar hero
As I culled through lists of new and upcoming releases from new and up-and-coming country artists, I couldn't help but notice a pattern: many were by women, and most of those by women who seemed to be taking country in a slightly new direction (occasionally, the "new" direction one that count ... More >>
Charlie Parr comes out of the garage with album of homestyle blues
Seekers of the sublime find the familiar in new Tom Waits multi-disc release
James "Blood" Ulmer resurrects the blues masterpiece
The greatest Minnesota-made records of all time
Paul Demko, Diablo Cody, and Dylan Hicks offer three takes on MPR's new baby
The old, the tired, the rejuvenated, and the dead
Neko Case kills you softly with her song; The Be Good Tanyas wait around to die; Patricia Tallman confronts the living dead
The Raveonettes pull out the big guns, A.R.E. Weapons sing one for America, and the Dixie Chicks start a war
In a new documentary, Minneapolitan Craig Rice illuminates the prolific artistry of Gordon Parks
Death in the mines. Hunger marches. An FBI spy on every block. Minnesota's daughters of the revolution can tell you about it all. But first, have some coffee cake.
Baby, I'm a Star: Lovette George in Thunder Knocking on the Door
Next week Red House Records issues a momentous tribute album of Pete Seeger's songs. But after 15 years at the margins of American music, this St. Paul label proudly aims to stay there.
After a hardscrabble life in the Depression, Gordon Parks picked up a camera instead of a gun. But as a massive retrospective of his work reveals, his sympathies have often remained with those who went the other way.
Radio Free Chicago: Studs Terkel holds down the microphone at WFMT in 1978.