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Various artists Duets: A Prairie Home Companion

Prairie Home Companion is such a good radio show that you’d expect songs from the show to be special too. But the choices on...

The Broken West

Somewhere in the atom-splitting genre distinctions that music critics like to confer, it got lost that pop can be punk and punk can be...

John Denver

John Denver was a consistently — some would say mercilessly — sweet and upbeat-sounding performer, even on his sad songs. The best of his hits...

Modest Mouse

Modest Mouse frontman Isaac Brock is probably the most unassuming hero in modern rock, an idea he wouldn’t scoff at but would more than...

Chris Knight

Songs pour from Chris Knight like good whiskey from a bottle. He’s an independent-spirited chronicler of existential life in American small towns where there’s...

Son Volt

With anger over the war in Iraq escalating and next year’s presidential election looming, there seems to be a lot of politically charged music...

Dolly Parton

One of a dozen children from a poor family in rural eastern Tennessee, Dolly Parton left for Nashville the day after she graduated from...

Radiant

It’s not so rare that a band claims to have formed out of inspiration from a single album as it is unusually honest. Most...

Rickie Lee Jones

For her first new collection of original material in almost four years, the quixotic melody-making virtuoso Rickie Lee Jones doesn’t need a personal savior...

Arcade Fire

With Neon Bible, Arcade Fire’s second effort and the follow-up to 2004’s hugely successful Funeral, the Canadian septet doesn’t just avoid the proverbial sophomore...