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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: 2010
"Lisbon," the fifth album by The Walkmen, turns away from its critically acclaimed predecessor and finds the band exploring rock textures and minimal arrangements. Two years in the making, songer-songwriter Hamilton Leithauser says the band found new inspiration recording in … Continue reading
Fans of piano jazz know Jessica Williams. Her latest recording, "Touch," showcases the gifted pianist exploring new directions in a live solo setting. In recent years, Williams has been drawn to sparse, heartfelt renderings of her own songs and standards … Continue reading
Harper Blynn is a pop-rock quartet led by the songwriting duo of Pete Harper and J. Blynn, two unusually good writers and singers. Beyond the band’s notable vocals and tight harmony-filled arrangements are lyrics that speak to common circumstances faced … Continue reading
"The Visitor" is a career milestone for Afro-Latin composer and bandleader Roland Vazquez. Blessed with grant support, Vazquez assembled a 19-piece all-star big band, rescored compositions and created a magical recording that draws on a lifetime of writing and performing. … Continue reading
Kris Gruen’s latest recording, "Part of It All," finds the Vermont-based folk-rock singer-songwriter breaking new ground with songs that are deeply personal and energetic arrangements featuring notable guest artists. Gruen’s writing ponders the ups and downs of married life, and … Continue reading
Joe Hurley is a big-hearted singer-songwriter who wrote and recorded a short CD based on "Let The World Spin," the National Book Award-winning novel by his friend Colum McCann. The novel and Hurley’s songs tell the story of Till, a … Continue reading
All the world’s a stage? Not so, says songwriter Graham Parker. All the world is a reality television show, whether cameras are rolling or not! His latest CD, "Imaginary Television," features fun songs about imaginary TV shows. But beware: below … Continue reading
Big Light’s "Animals in Bloom" is a superb recording marrying psychedelic guitar rock, pop-like vocals and the band’s well-honed artsy sensibility. The Bay Area-based quartet has put in the time to create their own sound, and their recording shows a … Continue reading
Martin Sexton is one of the great modern singer-songwriters. His latest recording, "Sugarcoating," showcases his immensely soulful voice and his emotionally attuned writing. The recording breaks new ground for Sexton. Most songs were co-written over the summer with Dan Mackenzie, … Continue reading