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Lovedrug

Lovedrug

Musicians are lovers, not fighters, as a general rule. But when pushed to the brink, even the world’s biggest pacifist sometimes fights back. Lovedrug may or may not be comprised of pacifists, but their music has never given them a tough guy persona – at least not until now. The usual trials and tribulations of […]

Oh, How We Long For Thee: A 2009 Preview

Oh, How We Long For Thee: A 2009 Preview

2008 was a good year. By year’s end, we will have featured 195 interviews and reviewed over 500 albums in our quest to bring you, dear reader, the most meaningful music we can find. From artists who top the charts worldwide to those who tour via the house party route, we’ve realized there’s beauty in […]

Top Albums of 2008

Top Albums of 2008

It’s cliché. We admit it. It would serve us well to try to stand out by not doing a year end list. A writing staff of dozens would lead one to believe that, surely, between so many creative types, we could find out new ways to wrap up a year in music properly. Yet each […]

Great Debate ’08: Counting Crows

Great Debate ’08: Counting Crows

We’re a music site, so we have musical opinions. And with said opinions, disagreements are bound to take place. To celebrate the tension, we’ve decided to give both sides and allow for further commentary to take place. If you missed the first entry of our Great Debate ’08 series, you won’t want to miss the […]

Great Debate ’08: Hold Steady

Great Debate ’08: Hold Steady

We’re a music site, so we have musical opinions. And with said opinions, disagreements are bound to take place. To celebrate the tension, we’ve decided to give both sides and allow for further commentary to take place. If you missed the first entry of our Great Debate ’08 series, you won’t want to miss the […]

Great Debate ’08: Beck

Great Debate ’08: Beck

The world of musical criticism is already a highly-opinionated, polarizing society. And that’s without the help of the times we live in. If any year seems best described by the phrase “heightened tension,” – Hey, G.W., are we red or orange today? – it’s this one. From our ecological to our economical practices, everyone now […]

The Alternate Routes

The Alternate Routes

Four years ago, Good and Reckless and True first came across my desk, a potent debut of melodic sing-along pop/rock structures marked by Tim Warren’s stellar vocal work that was instantly memorable. At the time, G&R&T was an independent album and one assumed it was only a matter of time until radio fame found The […]

Robert Gomez

Robert Gomez

Robert Gomez is one of several songwriters to have emerged from Denton, Texas in the past decade. Brand New Towns, released last year on Bella Union, displayed an uncanny ability to write solid pop melodies as well as hushed love songs. In the spring of 2009, Robert is due to release A Brilliant and Burning […]

The Old 97′s

The Old 97′s

It was a present from a fan that allowed Rhett Miller, front man for The Old 97′s, to revisit his earliest musical days. And it was 20 years ago this year that Miller first played his acoustic guitar for the purpose of creating a permanent listening experience, providing that first evidence of the country/rock/Americana potential […]

Blue Eyed Blacks

Blue Eyed Blacks

Jason Moon Wilkins is out of excuses. Ten years after his initial attempts fell through, the man behind Blue Eyed Blacks finally stands with original material recorded and in-hand. And it seems the wait was essential. In between, Wilkins has built a network of Nashville friends and players, working with artists like Josh Rouse and […]