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Maria Taylor

Maria Taylor

Maria Taylor is probably better known for her collaborative music ventures than she is for her independent efforts. In a way, she’s been cast in the shadow of what was Azure Ray and what is Now It’s Overhead, and entirely from a quality perspective that’s understandable. She’s been able to stand well enough on her […]

John Mayer: Where the Light Is

John Mayer: Where the Light Is

After following John Mayer’s career for quite some time, it’s strange to think how much of a mega-star he is now. The opening intro to Where the Light Is intensifies this idea even more. Fading from black is Mayer sitting atop a mountain with the Hollywood sign in the background. He is playing a beautiful […]

The Classic Crime

The Classic Crime

Punk-rockers have been concerned with “selling out” since the inception of the genre. For many of these bands, that simply means signing a record deal. Yet, for signed artists, selling out is more about a pre-conceived effort to maximize profit, regardless of what they previously released. Tooth and Nail’s The Classic Crime takes the necessary […]

John Williams

John Williams

It’s been over twenty years since we last visited the adventures of our favorite fedora-wearing, whip-cracking archeologist Indiana Jones. The latest (and final?) installment in the film series, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, finds the title character moving a bit slower with age, yet not on wit, and once again battling […]

Jessie Baylin

Jessie Baylin

With a voice merging Norah Jones with Brett Dennen, Jessie Baylin jumps into the deep end of alt-country with her album Firesight, which wants to be the next big thing so bad you can smell it in the first few seconds of “See How I Run.” It’s very much the appealing sound initially, and Baylin’s […]

Teddy Thompson

Teddy Thompson

Teddy Thompson’s previous CD, Up Front & Down Low, momentarily took him away from himself and knee-deep into the heartbreak that is traditional country music. And yet he sounded relatively happy, even though many of the songs were sad; likely because they were all written by someone else, for someone else. But during “The Things […]

Sleuth

Sleuth

A computer screen displays full security camera coverage of a sprawling country estate. A small car suddenly comes into view in one of the windows, entering the property through the automated front gate. A silent, anonymous figure engages the computer screen and follows the little car’s path, anticipating every move with an endless arsenal of […]

Ben Sollee

Ben Sollee

I love being able to write for an online publication whose mantra is “Meaningful Music Exists”. It is an encouraging sentiment, one that rings true and inspires individuals to actively pursue their own personal desires as embodied by the aural representation of the world around us. The simple truth is that music is meaningful, I […]

Hilary McRae

Hilary McRae

It makes sense that an artist like Hilary McRae would be the first developing artist signed to Starbucks’ Hear Music label. She’s got an adult-oriented sound, something easily marketed to the kind of album buyers who have previously snapped up albums by James Taylor or Ray Charles at the coffee outlet. Her sound merges the […]

Paper Route

Paper Route

It was a special night for Paper Route. Not only was it the release concert for their Are We All Forgotten EP, but it was also a massive night filled with friends and fans that showed how far the band has come within the Nashville scene. Since releasing their 2006 self-titled EP, Paper Route has […]