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Derek Webb

Derek Webb

Forget what you thought you knew about Derek Webb musically. Then again, you’ve been doing that with nearly every release from the Nashville songwriter. She Must and Shall Go Free created some bluegrass foundations only to completely disregard those with the art rock release, I See Things Upside Down. Then came the straightforward, minimal acoustics […]

The Twilight Sad

The Twilight Sad

Even though his band’s new album was released on the first day of Autumn, James Graham is worried about the weather being too warm when his band, The Twilight Sad, embarks on their upcoming U.S. tour. At home in his native Scotland, a fact his overwhelming Scotch  proclaims, Graham is enjoying a relaxing day watching […]

Reed KD

Reed KD

The pros and cons of the tidal shifts within the music industry inevitably creates an undertow that pulls some down with it. And it’s unfortunate that, at least for now, Reed KD seems lost in the chaos. The glut of new music available with a click of the mouse overwhelms many music listeners in search […]

Basement Jaxx

Basement Jaxx

For well over a decade, the duo of Felix Buxton and Simon Ratcliffe, otherwise known as Basement Jaxx, have helped pioneer club music to its current hybrid state. With multiple dance hits on a global scale, the duo’s taken their deejay talents and celebratory live show to audiences worldwide. So it’s interesting to hear the […]

Travis

Travis

Fran Healy is looking backwards and he likes what he sees. Over the next few weeks, the Travis front man and principal songwriter is taking his act on the road with band mate Andy Dunlop for a stripped-down retrospective tour sweeping the States. And in the process, Healy says he’s finding new life in old […]

David Mead

David Mead

The pearl in the oyster. The diamond in the coal. The beauty in the pain. The triumph amidst the tragedy. It’s an artistic cliche as old as life itself and it’s exactly what David Mead experienced recording his latest release, Almost and Always. The songwriter’s fifth studio album emerged after a divorce, a move to […]

Fun.

Fun.

Hey, hipster, why the long face? The economy’s turning around! Leaves are changing colors! Football! Barbecue! Aim and Ignite is available in stores! I’ve gotten some flack for my unadulterated love of New York trio Fun’s debut, Aim and Ignite. The bounce and catch that constitutes every last stitch of this album is causing some […]

Ron Block

Ron Block

As one of the most widely-heard banjo players in the music industry today, Ron Block stands with the best in the business. Not only has he spent the last 15 years with Alison Krauss and Union Station, but Block’s recorded with some of the industry’s best: Bill Frisell, Dolly Parton, Brad Paisley, Cox Family, Clint […]

Brooke Waggoner

Brooke Waggoner

For her next act, Brooke Waggoner’s changing things up a bit. Gone are some of the quirkier, more experimental aspects from her initial EP and full-length. Instead, Go Easy Little Doves features orchestral arrangements that dominate a more plaintive, considerate atmosphere – a collection that might surprise, yet reveal an artist with full control over […]

James Mottern, “Trucker” Director

James Mottern, “Trucker” Director

James Mottern stayed close to home for his feature directorial debut. His indie film Trucker, starring Michelle Monaghan, features a familiar industry, a familiar protagonist and a theme that of freedom and escape that mirrors his own move from a small town in Virginia to the endless possibilities of Los Angeles. Now, the themes and […]