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Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2009
To say the least, The Black Crowes didn’t play it safe when recording the group’s new two-CD set, Before the Frost… / Until the Freeze... The band skipped the expected trip to a conventional recording studio. The common practice of recording vocals separately and overdubbing instrumental parts went out the window as well. Instead, the band recorded the new music at the Woodstock, N.Y., barn owned by Levon Helm...
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Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2009
Matisyahu immediately established himself as a singular musician with his 2004 album, Shake Off the Dust…Arise. To this day, there still aren’t many Brooklyn Hasidic Jews who fuse reggae and hip-hop. But in some respects, it’s only with his newest CD, Light, that Matisyahu has become his own man on an artistic level, making a CD that he says comes closer to fully reflecting the sound and range of music he wants to create...
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Thursday, Aug. 13, 2009
When people ask Jason Isbell why he left the Drive-By Truckers after the band's 2006 CD, Decoration Day, to a point he feels he doesn't have to even say a word. The music tells the story for him. "I think the music they've made and the music I've made since then makes it fairly obvious the directions we were going in," the guitarist/singer...
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Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2009
When the Drive-By Truckers returned to touring last year, singer/guitarist Patterson Hood was eager to get back on the road. Just 18 months earlier, though, the feeling within the band from Athens, Ga., couldn't have been more different. "We were burned out and we were tired and we were kind of angry and frustrated," Hood says. "We had built this machine and all of a sudden we realized the machine was driving us. We weren't driving the machine anymore. And we started...
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Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2008
Rise Against is used to being misunderstood. To begin with, the group is widely tagged as a political band, a label that bassist Joe Principe says is too limited for the lyrics that singer/guitarist Tim McIlrath writes. "I kind of like to say it's more like we're socially aware," Principe says. "Tim, the way he writes is very broad. He has political songs, because he writes all of the lyrics, and then he also has social songs and even songs about his personal relationships. That's why I don't think we like to be pigeonholed as a political band." Some even consider Rise Against a leftist or radical...
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Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2008

Stephen Kellogg & The Sixers

When Stephen Kellogg talks of live shows being the lifeblood of his band, The Sixers, he could simply be repeating one of the classic clichés of rock 'n' roll. Or he could be referring to the very real fact that the group makes much of its living on the road, playing 200-plus dates a year. But what Kellogg is really saying is that he feels the concerts are where he and The Sixers truly shine and offer something genuinely unique to fans who have discovered the Massachusetts-based band. "I think what we're doing that's unique is we're giving people music that's not silly music, but we're giving them a light evening," Kellogg says. "You get to go hear cool music...
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Thursday, Dec. 27, 2007

Robert Cray's concerts spotlight his band

Fans who have seen the current edition of the Robert Cray Band know that one of the real attractions is listening to how the four band members play together, support each individual instrument and serve each song.

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