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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: 2009
Vocalist-guitarist Rosie Flores may be best known in the rockabilly world, but in recent years she has explored idioms from roots rock to vocal jazz. On "Girl of the Century," Flores returns to her Americana roots with songs that wonderfully … Continue reading
Keyboardist and arranger Bernie Worrell has been at the cutting edge of soul, funk and rock music for decades. The founding member and musical director of Parliament Funkadelic, and later a collaborator with many notables such as the Talking Heads, … Continue reading
Among The Oak & Ash is Josh Joplin and Garrison Starr, two singer-songwriters drawn to the drama and darkness in traditional American and British folk songs. Their self-titled CD recasts many songs in moody and evocative folk-rock settings. The result … Continue reading
Marshall Crenshaw’s "Jaggedland" may be the acclaimed singer-songwriter-guitarist’s best work yet. The recording’s songs are memorable, emotionally observant and musically catchy sketches of the ups and downs of Crenshaw’s life and American society in recent years. Among the notable contributing … Continue reading
Jazz-pop instrumentalist Peter White’s latest recording, "Good Day," is his first collection of original compositions in several years. White, who began his career as a keyboardist with Al Stewart in the 1970s, excels at writing pop- and jazz-inflected songs featuring … Continue reading
Zaza is the musical partnership of Jennifer Fraser and Danny Taylor, whose personal songs written for each other are cloaked in layers of melody, timbre and rhythm. While often compared to other "dream-rock" acts, Zaza has a freshness where insistent … Continue reading
Shoshana Bean is a fantastic singer who left an acclaimed musical theatre career on Broadway after the unexpected death of a loved one. She wrote and recorded "Superhero," which passionately tells the story of the relationship against a backdrop of … Continue reading
Mikel Rouse is an extraordinary composer whose musical theatre work has been acclaimed for mixing high art and popular culture. His latest work, "Gravity Radio," continues to probe the fragmentation of contemporary attention spans and emotions by big media and … Continue reading
"Young Blood, Old Soul" is the debut recording by Danny Chaimson, a Chicago-based keyboardist and songwriter who spent years fine-tuning his considerable skills as a session player in Los Angeles and a member of the city’s funk and soul scene. … Continue reading