Music

Johnny Dowd

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One of 2006’s most intriguing discs so far is Johnny Dowd’s Cruel Words, a combination of poetic lyrics and funky rhythms, with synths, organ, bass, and guitar. Even with the music, the performances — half spoken, half su...


Blowout

Call Triple-A: The psychedelic jam band is throwing a thundering bon voyage party this weekend.
ANTHONY MARIANI
Word’s been out for a while that Daniel Katsuk, of A-Hummin’ Acoustical Acupuncture and formerly Spoonfed Tribe, is leaving town to do the music thing in Denver, Colo. Along with fellow Triple-A members Precious (vocals) an...



Rascal Flatts

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Back in the ‘90s, the heartthrob mag Jane used to have a regular section called “Cute Band Alert,” a heads-up on the hottest guys vying for the top of the pop charts. The rootsy trio Rascal Flatts is a relic from Jane’s...


Janiva Magness

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Janiva Magness has the blues. And judging by the low-cut black dress she’s wearing on the cover of her third full-length album, Do I Move You?, this voluptuous veteran with the Julia Roberts smile is as contagious as lust aro...



The New Amsterdams

Story Like a Scar (Vagrant Records)
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Before launching The New Amsterdams six years ago, Matt Pryor fronted the Get Up Kids, an almost-famous indie-rock manufacturer that recently shuttered its hometown Midwestern headquarters. The primary reason for the split: Tot...


Darth Vato

w/The Me-Thinks, The Red Herrings, and The Riverside Ramblers at The Wreck Room
The Show
Some guys never learn. Most chicks don’t care how much money you make or how nice your car is or how often you work out. To them, especially the ones who hang out at rock clubs, the thing that matters most is coolness. Need w...



ASSCAP

Hearsay
Let’s go out on a limb and say you haven’t read this column over the past few weeks. (Inconceivable, I know.) Now let’s say someone said to you, “Omigod! Green River Ordinance is playing 6th Street Grill...


Frankie Miller

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It seems every generation of country music fans goes through the same controversy about whether the “traditional” sound is being overtaken by pop music influences.



Johnny Cash

Personal File (Columbia/Legacy)
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Johnny Cash sat at a microphone in his home studio with his guitar and sang these often sentimental, sometimes corny, always heartfelt songs into a tape machine, then filed them away — many of them more than 30 years ago. The...


O Brother, There Art Thou

Fort Worth-raised T Bone Burnett is releasing his first solo record in 14 years.
ZACK SHLACHTER
There’s no doubt that T Bone Burnett is a mature artist — the 58-year-old was mentored by Bob Dylan, worked on plays with Sam Shepard, did movies with the Coen brothers, and has collected five Grammys.