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These finely edited features present the music and voices of artists discussing their songs, their sounds, their bands, their lives and their creative influences.
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- Chuck Wicks: Turning Point
- Green River Ordinance: Fifteen
- Jack Wall: Call of Duty, Black Ops III
- Black Violin: Stereotypes
- Glen Hansard: Didn’t He Ramble
- Dominik Scherrer: The Missing
- Jonathan McReynolds: Life Music, Stage Two
- Bobby Long: Ode To Thinking
- Alicia Witt: Revisionary History
- Angaleena Presley: American Middle Class
- Pat McGee: Pat McGee
- John Anderson: Goldmine
- Whitey Morgan: Sonic Ranch
- Anat Cohen: Luminosa
- Meredith Monk: Piano Songs
- Gretchen Peters: Blackbirds
- Louise Goffin: Appleonfire
- Mohammed Fairouz: Follow, Poet
- Michael J. Smith & Friends: The Spirit of Christmas
- Patty Larkin: Still Green
- Somi: The Lagos Music Salon
- The Barr Brothers: Sleeping Operator
- Lee Ann Womack: The Way I’m Livin’
- Montell Jordan: Captured
- Marco Benevento: Swift
Yearly Archives: 2000
DJ Assault, aka Craig Adams, is the Ayatollah of "Ghetto Tech", the Motor City club sound that marries the turntablist’s art with lyrics at the frontier of raunch. With its whacky chipmunk voices chanting x-rated lyrics at break-neck tempos, the … Continue reading
Toni Lynn Washington is a modern link to the giants of R&B. On her latest release, Good Things, she offers up a sizzling combination of standards and new offerings, each of them stamped with Toni’s smoky and understated vocals. With … Continue reading
Lifehouse is led by 20-year-old Jason Wade, a talented singer, songwriter and guitarist who combines reflective lyrics with a range of modern rock feels. Wade grew up overseas and met his bandmates after moving to California when he was 15. … Continue reading
On the hip-hop album "Deltron 3030", Dan the Automator, Deltron Zero, and Kid Koala have combined forces to create a futuristic musical diary set in the year 3030. Produced and composed by The Automator, the album is crammed with guest … Continue reading
The Indian tabla is the father of all accelerated syncopation, including modern electronic music, says renowned bassist-composer Bill Laswell. On "Tala Matrix", Laswell brings together some of the drum’s most virtuoso players to create a sonic tour-de-force that’s dramatic, orchestral … Continue reading
This sophomore album is a deadly serious look at love and relationships. Moorer comes from a musical family; her sister is singer Shelby Lynn. Her beautiful alto is reminiscent of singers such as Patsy Cline and Tracy Nelson. In classic … Continue reading
His real name is Wesley Stace. He’s from Hastings, England, took his current name from Bob Dylan’s classic 1967 album, and currently lives in Seattle. He’s produced several critically acclaimed roots rock-based albums, and one traditional folk album. "The Confessions … Continue reading
In recent years, band leader, entrepreneur and banjo player Alison Brown has pushed the banjo past its country/bluegrass boundaries into jazz. On this album she revisits her bluegrass roots, supported by an all-star cast that includes such greats as Vince … Continue reading
That’s exactly what guitarist and singer John Pizzarelli did for this album: gathered a collection of songs about love, placed them before some of his favorite musicians, including his father, guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli, and let the songs speak for themselves. … Continue reading
Virtuoso Cuban Trumpeter Arturo Sandoval has another achievement to add to his Grammy-winning jazz albums and his stints with great symphony orchestras: a soundtrack album from the HBO movie of his own life. The subject of this Tom Sawyer-esque tribute … Continue reading