• buttersgtrbig

    Ten years ago, Butterfly Boucher made an impressive debut with Flutterby. Although the original recording sounds anything but dated, the new rendering feels more mature, more free, more spacious — a perfect reflection of the artist herself at this moment in her life.

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    As one of the clearest, most poignant voices Gen X has, even though Sinéad O'Connor's new album is a collection of love songs, there's an inherent urgency and a potency to the set that few other artists can match.

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    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.

  • 960

    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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    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.

  • 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?”

Trigger Hippy: Trigger Hippy

Posted on Sep 30, 2014 in Album Reviews
Trigger Hippy: Trigger Hippy

The thing about Joan Osborne is, she could sing her way through a phone book and bring a crowd to its feet — or knees, depending on her mood. So, when she teams up with some of the best players in the business, good things are bound to happen. Such is the case with Trigger […]

Five Questions: Neulore

Posted on Sep 25, 2014 in Artist Interviews
Five Questions: Neulore

When William T. Cook and Adam Agin joined forces to become Neulore, it was a case of yin and yang, up and down, tortoise and hare. Though that combination could easily result in more friction than anything, in this particular case, the opposing forces create a natural balance, a levity that allows the magic to […]

Americana Music Awards Festival & Conference

Posted on Sep 22, 2014 in Concert Reviews
Americana Music Awards Festival & Conference

Let’s just be clear, right up front, I don’t usually attend music conferences or festivals. Crowds just aren’t my thing. But, with the Americana Music Awards Festival and Conference is right in your backyard… it’s hard to say no. Plus, a lot of folks that I wanted to shake hands with or expose my ears […]

Five Questions: Josh Rouse

Posted on Sep 18, 2014 in Artist Interviews
Five Questions: Josh Rouse

Across continents and decades, singer/songwriter Josh Rouse has spread his own feel-good brand of soft rock for deep thinkers. Though he would sidle up alongside classic songwriters like Harry Chapin and Jim Croce, Rouse is also uniquely contemporary — especially in his trans-continental geography. A Nebraska boy who logged a lot of hours in Nashville, Rouse […]

Five Questions: Mary Gauthier

Posted on Sep 15, 2014 in Artist Interviews
Five Questions: Mary Gauthier

There’s something incredibly poetic about Mary Gauthier, and it infuses everything about her. It’s in her language and diction, it’s in her work, and it’s in her life — past, present, and future. The thing is, poetry isn’t always red roses and blue violets. Sometimes, poetry is a teenage runaway who falls into addiction and […]

Banks: Goddess

Posted on Sep 14, 2014 in Album Reviews
Banks: Goddess

Though it echoes tones of Portishead, Morcheeba, and Massive Attack, the debut collection from Banks never quite catches up to any of those predecessors’ efforts. There’s a good bit of style — and another bit of substance — in Goddess, but it has, unfortunately, an uneven application. The first few tracks showcase the thinner, warbled […]