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Wednesday, July 13, 2011
For years, Lucero has been tagged as an alt-country group, but ask frontman Ben Nichols about the label and it's obvious he's always seen his band in a different light. “When we started, we got lumped in with the alt-country stuff...
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Wednesday, June 1, 2011
It's ironic that one of the largest bands on the road this spring will be Iron & Wine, the group that began a decade ago as just one man, Sam Beam, making stripped-back, acoustic albums. Beam is still...
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Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2010
One thing that is immediately obvious when hearing OK Go’s latest album, Of the Blue Colour of the Sky, is that the band didn’t try to write another song like “Here It Goes Again.” That tune, from the group’s 2005 album Oh No, gained attention for its breakout video, a take of the four band members doing a choreographed dance on treadmills to their peppy guitar-pop song. Rather than continue in the...
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Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2010
Dr. Dog bassist Toby Leaman readily admits that in many ways the band’s latest album, Shame, Shame, is not the record the group intended to make when it started on the project. “We thought we were all going to be able to sit down, and we’ve got five guys, one guy on drums, one guy on bass, one guy on keys and two guys on guitar, and we thought everybody would be able to do their thing...
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Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2010
Joan Baez has been one of the leading protest singers of the past 50 years and an outspoken activist on behalf of enough causes to fill a notebook, but one thing she had always declined to do is endorse a candidate for political office on any level—until 2008, that is, when she broke with tradition to throw her support behind presidential candidate Barack Obama. “It’s just that this was a statesman and a highly intelligent human being,” Baez says, explaining...
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Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2010
Slash’s band Velvet Revolver may still be looking for the right singer, but the guitarist didn’t have the same problem while recording his self-titled solo album. He found 13 of them. He recruited a baker’s dozen vocalists, each of whom took on lead vocals for one song on his new album, save for Myles Kennedy of Alter Bridge, who sang two. Despite the many vocalists and...
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Wednesday, June 30, 2010
In preparing its comeback album, Something for Everybody, Devo took the unusual step of inviting fans to pick the 12 songs from a pool of 16 that would make the album. “We did it on purpose as an experiment,” Gerald Casale explains in a recent phone interview. “It’s something we had never done. We were always hermetically sealed, like little aliens...
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Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2010
While recording her latest album, Give Up the Ghost, Brandi Carlile continually found new ways to tap the emotions that inspired her songs when she wrote them months earlier. “I would do things like wake myself up at like 6 o’clock in the morning when I was all tired and hadn’t had my coffee and I’m all bummed out and grumpy, and sing a song like ‘I Will,’ because I wanted it to sound crackly, pained and tired...

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