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Music: Sweet Release

Facing personal tumult head-on, Mark Olson 'finds himself' on new post-divorce album

0 Comments · Sunday, August 26, 2007
While it's true that everyone leaves their home eventually, one way or another, whether out of necessity or desire, it's equally true that not all journeys bring you back full-circle. Of course  

Music: Social Security

Social Distortion don't have to jump the reunion train, because for the past 25 years they've been plugging away

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 18, 2007
With music such a commodity these days, it's no surprise that former bands, once popular, are now reuniting in waves. Why not sharpen your chops, comb over the gray hair and hit the lucrative tou  

Music: Tales of the City

In his songwriting, Jesse Malin uses New York City like new pal Bruce Springsteen used New Jersey

0 Comments · Monday, July 9, 2007

Music: Home on the Road

Robert Earl Keen's life is spent touring, but his heart belongs to Texas

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 13, 2007
I doubt if there's a line that sums up Robert Earl Keen's music better than his own bull's-eye description: "I make Country music for people who hate Country music." In pointed contrast to t  

Music: Loco Motion

Instrumental masked marauders Los Straitjackets move forward and get a little vocal help from their bilingual friends

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 9, 2007
Introducing in this corner the notorious, surfin', twangin', wrestlin', Rock & Roll combo, Los Straitjackets, who are here to take on our sedate Queen City in a grudge match of epic proportions  

Music: The 40-Year Growth Spurt

After four decades in the business, Acoustic Blues master Chris Smither just keeps getting better

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 18, 2007
If you ever want living proof that F. Scott Fitzgerald's oft-repeated adage "There are no second acts in American lives" is misguided, go see Chris Smither. This triple threat singer/writer/gu  

Music: The Yorn Supremacy

Like George Lucas, Pete Yorn finally has finished his trilogy ... with more coming soon

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 28, 2007
Like any creative discipline, the craft of songwriting takes time to develop. But in the fickle world of today's music industry, artists are rarely given enough time and room to grow. Since sal  

Music: Bruising My Religion

"Evangelical agnostic"/Folk troubadour Todd Snider rails against the hijacking of spirituality

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 27, 2006
You would think in the 21st century's new dawn of epic political blunders, reckless incompetence and manipulative disregard for truth, courtesy of our beloved Administration, that protest music   

Music: Mister Lonely

Ex-Mavericks frontman Raul Malo gets his smoldering croon on with new album, tour

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 29, 2006
Whether we realize it or not, the success of American Idol and other like-minded cultural kitsch has influenced how many of us judge singers now. Passion has been co-opted by plastic soul, depth   

Music: During Wartime

Influenced by everyone from Dylan to Mark Twain, Josh Ritter spreads out on The Animal Years

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 19, 2006
Though the year is still young, Josh Ritter's new release, The Animal Years, is a clear contender for one of the best Americana records of 2006. With this record, Ritter stretches his artistic