Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn Explore New Frontiers Together
Published 3/5/2014 at 10:06 a.m. 0 comments
Banjoist Béla Fleck has created more music in more contexts than most any instrumentalist in recent memory: redefining bluegrass with the New Grass Revival; breaking new ground in fusion with the Flecktones; writing classical pieces for symphony; playing jazz, Indian, ...
St. Paul and the Broken Bones Pick Up Where Soul Music Left Off in the 1970s
Published 2/19/2014 at 10:58 a.m. 0 comments
Paul Janeway's voice is reminiscent of some of the soul greats, particularly Southern ones like Otis Redding and Wilson Pickett.
After 14 Years, Sebadoh Returns, Sounding Much the Same—and That's a Good Thing
Published 2/12/2014 at 10:27 a.m. 0 comments
Defend Yourself isn’t exactly a change of pace for the trio of Lou Barlow, Jason Lowenstein, and Bob D’Amico. In fact, it’s almost freakish how much the first Sebadoh album in 14 years sounds exactly like Sebadoh 20 years ago—it ...
Peter Walker Continues His Guitar Explorations After a 40-Year Hiatus
Published 2/5/2014 at 10:45 a.m. 0 comments
Born in Boston, Walker played in the city’s folk club/coffeehouse scene before bouncing around and performing in New York, Spain, North Africa, Dallas, San Francisco, Mexico, and Detroit, finally settling down in Woodstock, N.Y. His debut album, Rainy Day Raga ...
Folk Revival: The Cumberland Trio’s 50-Year Saga as One of the Folk Era’s Great Forgotten Bands Finally Comes to an End
Published 1/29/2014 at 3:00 p.m. 1 comment
In the summer of 1964, the University of Tennessee folk group the Cumberland Trio felt like they were on the verge of a huge breakthrough, and with good reason. But it took almost 50 years for the band to finally ...
Chelsea Wolfe's Atmospheric Metal/Electronica is Open to Interpretation
Published 1/29/2014 at 10:36 a.m. 0 comments
Chelsea Wolfe doesn’t particularly like to explain her songs. The 30-year-old California musician understands the impulse to ask what a song means, but she feels that anybody else’s interpretation is just as valid as hers.
Singer/Songwriter Thao Nguyen Finds Inspiration in a California Women’s Prison
Published 1/23/2014 at 9:34 a.m. 0 comments
A little more than a year ago, Nguyen began visiting the prison with the California Coalition for Women Prisoners. The people she met there have had a profound effect on both Nguyen’s life and her latest album, We the Common ...
Allman Brothers Guitarist Derek Trucks Makes Time for His Other Band
Published 1/15/2014 at 10:21 a.m. 0 comments
Longtime fans of slide-guitar wunderkind Derek Trucks are doubtless dismayed to hear that 2014 will be his last with Southern rock icons the Allman Brothers Band. But listeners can take heart in the fact that Trucks will still be active, ...
The Del McCoury Band Stretches Bluegrass Tradition Without Breaking It
Published 1/8/2014 at 10:06 a.m. 0 comments
The Del McCoury Band’s reputation as one of the last original bluegrass bands—and as a symbol of its hardcore side—is well-earned. But they’ve subtly stretched the boundaries of the bluegrass repertory, recording songs by Tom Petty, Robert Cray, Jerry Lee ...
Yuletide Chestnuts: Local Musicians Share Their Musical Memories of Christmas (Including a Few They’d Like to Forget)
Published 12/18/2013 at 3:00 p.m. 0 comments
It doesn’t take long for the familiar sounds of the season to become infuriating—saccharine selections by Michael Bublé and American Idol survivors clog up almost all the public ambient space from Halloween to New Year’s Day, challenging the best holiday ...
A Mixed-Up Metro Pulse Christmas Mixtape
Published 12/18/2013 at 3:00 p.m. 0 comments
This collection of sounds spanning the later half of the 20th century has no predetermined theme or flow; it’s a collection of music that has been curated by me and reflects my personal taste toward holiday music. I have never ...
Knox Carols: A Couple of Local (If Not Quite Classic) Christmas Recordings From Days Gone By
Published 12/18/2013 at 3:00 p.m. 1 comment
A couple of local (if not quite classic) Christmas recordings from days gone by.
Stand-Up Comic Ryan Singer Gets Silly and Serious in Alternative Comedy Venues
Published 12/11/2013 at 11:50 a.m. 1 comment
Stand-up comic Ryan Singer has a restless, agile mind. A 20-minute conversation finds him musing on subjects such as how teaching fifth-graders relates to comedy; how The Neverending Story teaches that education leads to sorrow and you’re lost in this ...
Dax Riggs Follows His Own Contrarian Impulses
Published 12/4/2013 at 9:56 a.m. 0 comments
There’s a searching quality to Dax Riggs’ music—from the doomy grunge of his teenage years to the heavy, psychedelic folk rock he’s made for the last decade, Riggs always seems to be after something that’s just out of reach: a ...
Swing Time: Tennessee Sheiks Mandolinist Don Cassell Talks About Django
Published 11/26/2013 at 3:38 p.m. 0 comments
There’s something rich, but also delicate and sly, about the music of the Tennessee Sheiks, like a jive fox hot-footing it lightly across a cartoon henhouse. It’s string-band music, but not bluegrass or old-time. It’s mandolinist Don Cassell’s favorite kind ...
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