• mipso color

    What is it about the big tent of roots music that calls and cultivates such poised young artists? Is it nature or nurture, nativism or empiricism at work here? Old souls or tabula rasas, grounded goals or collaborative community?

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    On his new album, Ben Glover retraces the lives of legends and the heart of history across two very different lands and he pulls it all together in a collection of songs that feels at once haunted and hopeful, gritty and grounded.

  • Linda Perry

    To call Linda Perry anything less than a Renaissance woman would miss the point. She's a singer, songwriter, musician, producer, engineer, record executive, philanthropist, and, now, reality TV star. But the whole of who she is is so much greater than the sum of all those parts.

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    From Mick Jagger to Joan Jett, rock stars are a distinct breed. They are all of the other archetypes rolled up into one irresistibly charismatic, implausibly appealing ball. If ever there was a box in which to put LP, that would be it.

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    After years of blasting it out as a member of the Constantines, singer/songwriter Bry Webb turned it all down a few notches for his new solo effort, Free Will.

  • louise-goffin

    With her new album, Louise Goffin takes another step forward into the spotlight. It's a solid effort from a thoughtful artist who has nurtured her given gifts and let her career set its own pace while balancing a life outside of music.

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    Late last year, country songwriter Brandy Clark quietly released her debut album as an artist and a funny thing happened: People listened and loved it. Now, she's having herself a grand ole time out there.

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    It would be easy to say that it's all about the knowing, familiar voice when it comes to Sandra McCracken. But the voice wouldn't be nearly as comforting and comfortable if it weren't channeling a life lived with care and concern for everything and everyone around her.

  • franti

    When Michael Franti started his hip hop career, he probably had no idea that he would get to a point in life when he was doing yoga and singing dance tunes. He's come a long way, baby. And it's a journey that he is very happy to take.

  • Indigo-Girls-1

    Engaging while entertaining, Indigo Girls Emily Saliers and Amy Ray have always worked — and lived — at the intersection of art and activism, supporting myriad great causes and organizations.

  • joanos

    The potency of Joan Osborne's performances stems more from her knowing, from her well-worn heart, than from her voice alone. With that knowing in mind, I thought I would ask her for relationship advice.

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    Katie Herzig's latest effort, Walk Through Walls, is a complex and cathartic set that fully delivers on the promise made by her previous offerings and it begs the question, “Where do you go from here?”

Generation R: How Roots Music Calls and Cultivates Young Artists

Posted on Aug 22, 2014 in Aural Fixation
Generation R: How Roots Music Calls and Cultivates Young Artists

The first time artist manager Denise Stiff encountered a 15-year-old Alison Krauss singing at a bluegrass event, she knew she was witnessing something special. “I was floored,” Stiff recalls. Krauss’ talent was immense, even back then; but there was something else about her — a wisdom, poise, and maturity that does not seem as prevalent […]

Bridging the Cultural Divide: Perla Batalla

Posted on Aug 21, 2014 in Aural Fixation
Bridging the Cultural Divide: Perla Batalla

Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Perla Batalla has enjoyed an incredibly varied career. Not only has she performed on some of the world’s greatest stages, including Carnegie Hall, the Sydney Opera House and the Kennedy Center, but Batalla has also performed with some of the world’s greatest artists, such as Lou Reed, Jackson Browne, Laurie Anderson and, perhaps […]

The Past Is Never Dead: An Interview with Ben Glover

Posted on Aug 20, 2014 in Artist Interviews
The Past Is Never Dead: An Interview with Ben Glover

The idea of having a home, of finding a place in the world is an idea that poets have long tried to capture and convey. Singer/songwriter Ben Glover is one of them and he’s done a decent job of it on his new album, Atlantic. Here, Glover retraces the lives of legends and the heart […]

Sinéad O’Connor: I’m Not Bossy, I’m the Boss

Posted on Aug 18, 2014 in Album Reviews
Sinéad O’Connor: I’m Not Bossy, I’m the Boss

Whenever anyone thinks of — or mentions — Sinéad O’Connor, chances are pretty good that her music isn’t, necessarily, the first thing that comes to mind. But O’Connor has never cared very much what people think of her and, now that she’s in her late 40s, she seems to care even less. Pretty much since she […]

The Lost Art of the Good Fight: An Interview with Linda Perry

Posted on Aug 15, 2014 in Artist Interviews
The Lost Art of the Good Fight: An Interview with Linda Perry

To call Linda Perry anything less than a Renaissance woman would miss the point. She’s a singer, songwriter, musician, producer, engineer, record executive, philanthropist, and, now, reality TV star. But the whole of who she is is so much greater than the sum of all those parts, which is something that listening to her records […]

Paloma Faith: A Perfect Contradiction

Posted on Aug 12, 2014 in Album Reviews
Paloma Faith: A Perfect Contradiction

Infused with a sophistication that is not often found in the pop genre, Paloma Faith’s A Perfect Contradiction isthe thinking woman’s dance music. It all comes together in a wonderful synthesis of utterly danceable grooves, potently soulful vocals, intriguingly varied production, and not completely banal lyrics. Songs like “Mouth to Mouth” and “Take Me” come […]