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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
Author Archives: John Rieger
Manda Mosher’s debut CD, "Everything You Need," showcases a seasoned writer and vocalist whose heartfelt songs trace a path of a young woman coming into her own. Mosher has a relaxed, even sultry voice, and her songs – in contemporary … Continue reading
Mickey Hart has been a path-breaking percussionist for years. A former Grateful Dead member, he is known for bringing together players from a mix of traditions and creating dramatic new fusions. "Mondo Head," the CD he produced and played on … Continue reading
Alan Silvestri is an accomplished film composer who’s credits include some of the best-known movies in recent years. Many of those films – Cast Away, What Lies Beneath, Contact, Forrest Gump, Back to the Future – were directed by Robert … Continue reading
Singer/Songwriter Mark Erelli crafts songs with a confidence and maturity that belie his years. On "Compass & Companion", his second record, Erelli’s compelling voice and unfailing melodic sense range over the territory of life and love in styles from earnest … Continue reading
"I only speak when I have to speak," says MC KRS-ONE, who rose from living on the streets at age 15 to become one of the most respected MC’s in hip-hop. "The Teacher," as he calls himself, has much to … Continue reading
L.A. Hip-Hop veteran Aceyalone hints that he just knocked this one off, but take a close listen to Accepted Eclectic. Acey’s insights are original, his rhymes are deft, and he projects a powerful presence over some intriguing and challenging beats. … Continue reading
Reed man and bandleader Buddy Collette is a jazz institution. A member of the legendary Chico Hamilton Quintet in the mid-fifties, he’s also known as an educator who fostered the careers of Charles Mingus and Eric Dolphy. The concert captured … Continue reading
On his first legit CD, DJ and mix-tape legend Tony Touch does it all, producing, mixing, scratching and rhyming, all with his own distinctive "Nuyorican" flavor. He’s the consummate collaborator: everyone respects Tony Toca, and "The Piece Maker" features contributions … Continue reading
Haystak Mak Million hails from Nashville’s south side, where he grew up in a trailer park "on the wrong side of the tracks." Add a teenage prison term and you’ve got a hard-core rapper who’s as street as he needs … Continue reading