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Darling New Neighbors

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Listening to music is usually a subjective experience, but certain rules and boundaries apply to performing it. Songwriting is not for the weak of heart, but as with Darling New Neighbors’ singer Elizabeth Jackson, the craft ...


Buddy Guy

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As one of the masters of the blues, Buddy Guy has honored, enlivened, and extended the genre during his 50-year career. The three-c.d., one-DVD box set Can’t Quit the Blues spans most of Guy’s career, from the early straigh...



Waylon Jennings

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Longtime Waylon fans remember his first starring role on the Silver Screen, in a 1966 movie in which he portrayed an up-and-coming singer. Yet looking back on those Nashville Rebel days, you don’t see a man all that rebellious.


Ray LaMontagne

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Ray LaMontagne was a critic’s favorite two years ago upon the release of his debut album, Trouble, a largely acoustic, bucolic paean to desperation and love. The singer-songwriter was aptly likened to a wide slew of ’60s an...



Slayer

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Since forming the early 1980s, Slayer has always been a big black cloud hovering over the music industry. Brutal and agile, precise and cold, bloodied but clean in conscience, the band hasn’t had to kowtow to commercialism to...


Jim Lauderdale

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Jim Lauderdale has been one of Nashville’s most respected songwriters for a long time, but the corporate brass never considered him much of a singer. Oh, sure, he’s performed for years and recorded for Warner Bros., Atlanti...



The Roots

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The Roots’ live prowess and artistic versatility have never been fully harnessed on any of the hip-hop band’s several studio albums. Taken together, the records are a chronology of an evolving, maturing group. Still, while ...


Various artists

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Kinky Friedman’s songs are known more for their titles than what the music sounds like. “They Ain’t Makin’ Jews Like Jesus Anymore” and “Get Your Biscuits In the Oven & Your Buns In The Bed” appear in article...



Confusatron

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Funk? Check. Jazz? Check. The kitchen sink? Check.


Nudity / Priestess

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There are basically two kinds of retro bands — ones that hew closely to the old school, and ones that occasionally flip the script.