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    Jennifer Knapp has a story to tell. It's her story, but it's also our story. On the surface, it's seems like a story about faith and identity. But, really, it's a story about life and love.

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    OK Go's videos are their calling cards, often over-shadowing the music itself. But, really, the two elements define and depend upon each other. That's the secret of their creative alchemy.

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    On Nostalgia, Annie Lennox summons her quiet strength and subtle persistence to embrace and inhabit the ghosts that continue to echo through each chorus and verse of these classic songs.

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    In an age when so many pop stars are auto-tuned, if not ghosted, Bruce Hornsby continues to challenge himself and his audiences -- something he's done for the better part of 30 years now.

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    Watching Lisa Fischer perform, you can only conclude that she is a conduit of expression to and from another world. The experience is a spiritual one as much as it is a musical one.

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    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.

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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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    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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    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.

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    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.

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    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?”

Natalia Zukerman: Come Thief, Come Fire

Posted on Oct 30, 2014 in Album Reviews
Natalia Zukerman: Come Thief, Come Fire

Though the delicate sparseness of “Courage to Change” might lull casual listeners into thinking Natalia Zukerman is just another folk slinger, long-time fans know that is anything but the case. And, by the time everyone gets to the sinuous jazziness of Come Thief, Come Fire‘s second track and the bluesy saunter of the third, the […]

Lake Street Dive Works It at Cannery Ballroom

Posted on Oct 26, 2014 in Concert Reviews
Lake Street Dive Works It at Cannery Ballroom

Lake Street Dive. After all the raving reviews, let’s see what you got. With “Eye of the Tiger” setting the evening’s tone at the Cannery Ballroom in Nashville, drummer Mike Calabrese was first on stage to lay down a groove. Bassist Bridget Kearney, followed by guitarist Mike “McDuck” Olson, joined in before singer Rachael Price sashayed on […]

Jason Isbell Leaves His Mark on Ryman Auditorium

Posted on Oct 25, 2014 in Concert Reviews
Jason Isbell Leaves His Mark on Ryman Auditorium

One of the problems with music criticism is that, sometimes, a performance (or album) is so unspeakably stunning that words don’t — can’t — fairly capture or convey the experience. Such was the case when Jason Isbell began his three-night stand at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium by playing Southeastern, one of the best albums of 2013, […]

The Narrative of Experience: An Interview with Jennifer Knapp

Posted on Oct 24, 2014 in Artist Interviews
The Narrative of Experience: An Interview with Jennifer Knapp

Jennifer Knapp has a story to tell. It’s her story, but it’s also our story. On the surface, it’s seems like a story about faith and identity. But, really, it’s a story about life and love. Through her new album, Set Me Free, and new memoir, Facing the Music, Knapp tells more of this story […]

Missy Higgins: Oz

Posted on Oct 22, 2014 in Album Reviews
Missy Higgins: Oz

For her fourth studio outing, Australian singer/songwriter Missy Higgins has chosen to pay tribute to the music of her homeland. Among the 15 tracks are cuts by Paul Kelly, the Drones, the Blackeyed Susans, the Go-Betweens, and Slim Dusty. But, much like Joan Osborne did with the soul classics of How Sweet It Is, Higgins […]

Joan Osborne Mesmerizes the Multitudes at City Winery

Posted on Oct 19, 2014 in Concert Reviews
Joan Osborne Mesmerizes the Multitudes at City Winery

Way back in August of 1995 (August 24, to be exact), I saw Joan Osborne perform for the first time. By the end of the opening song (“Pensacola,” to be specific), I was smitten. In the 19 years since that night in Boulder’s Fox Theatre, I’ve had the pleasure of seeing Osborne perform more than […]