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The Blossoming

Kathleen Edwards emerges one of AltCountry’s best songwriters

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 28, 2009
With her third record, 'Asking for Flowers,' making many critics' Best of 2008 lists, Kathleen Edwards can finally relax a bit and enjoy the fruits of her labors. Yet this Canadian singer/songwriter still can't wait to get to her next show in the next town.  

Los Honchos (Profile)

Six-piece combo's Soul/Garage sound oozes 'sexual energy'

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Maybe it's fitting that in the city that spawned King Records' legendary recordings, including Mr. James Brown, Soul music still sweats and pulses in our Queen City. Los Honchos are the new Soul contenders on the block, and this six-piece combo brings plenty of heat and horns to the party.  

Music: Talk About the Passion

Fans continue to be drawn in by singer/songwriter Matthew Ryan's poeticism

0 Comments · Thursday, June 19, 2008
Unlike in literature, fresh starts rarely come with fanfare in life. Characters suffer and grow in fiction while we measure their catharses page by page. Reality's long slog has a way of flatten  

Music: Yes He Can

On stage, Bruce Springsteen kills cynicism and replaces it with hope

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Do you remember your first concert experience? Unfortunately, I do, though I've been able to get past it with therapy. Coming of age in the late '70s and early '80s, my buddies and I carpooled  

Music: Jiggling the Handle

Good old-fashioned intra-band turmoil has only made Drive-By Truckers stronger

0 Comments · Sunday, March 16, 2008
With the release of possibly their best record yet, Brighter Than Creation's Dark, plus several key lineup changes, the Drive-By Truckers keep chugging past career crises and crossroads with ple  

Music: License to Confuse

Cleaned up and back to his roots, Evan Dando brings The Lemonheads into the 21st century

0 Comments · Friday, December 14, 2007
One of the cooler things about Evan Dando is that he always keeps us guessing. Which incarnation is he pushing these days? His main Lemonhead gig or his solo projects? Who is he playing with now?  

Music: The Surreal Life

The prolific Robyn Hitchcock's storied career and eccentric output gets the box-set treatment

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 7, 2007
Taking his place in the long, cherished tradition of British wit stands Robyn Hitchcock, an absurdist custom fit for these times through which we struggle. With his cult status as a musician and   

Music: The Simplifier

Singer/songwriter Josh Rouse streamlines the record/release process and relaxes

0 Comments · Tuesday, October 23, 2007
With the age of sampling and downloading music now feverishly upon us, it's unusual to find artists these days prolific enough to still put out collections of songs every year. It won't be long  

Music: Hip Mama

With four kids under the age of 6, Country singer/songwriter Kelly Willis works hard to balance domesticity and music

0 Comments · Friday, September 28, 2007
Despite displaying such a big voice on record, Kelly Willis' telephone voice is surprisingly quiet and low-key, befitting her small physical stature. It's also soaked in her trademark Southern t  

Music: Growing Reigns

Artistic restlessness helps Kim Richey's songs and music evolve

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Like many singer/songwriters, Kim Richey would rather not be restricted by her various successes. Yet in the wake of the recent release of her fifth record, Chinese Boxes, she's getting used to