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Norah Jones

Norah Jones has done a lot to quash the expectations established by her first album, 2002’s Come Away With Me. She has remained active,...

LaLaLand

In 2004, as Austin singer-songwriter James McMurtry was barricading himself behind a career iron curtain over the Iraq War, a more obscure musical entity...

Secret Devil Sign

A million years ago, Black Sabbath, heavy metal’s original Saurians, electrocuted the blues to invent an ominous breed of devil-courting, mom-scaring music. Shortly thereafter,...

The Shins

Wincing the Night Away, The Shins’ new album, picks up quickly where the band left off four years ago with Chutes Too Narrow. Much...

Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver

More Behind The Picture Than The Wall is a c.d. filled with “leapers and weepers” — a mix of upbeat, banjo-laced, toe-tapping hillbilly dance...

Johnny Cash

As a rockabilly pioneer, Johnny Cash sang what some people called the devil’s music. As a genre-crossing country singer, he sang the people’s music....

Various artists

While Motown was getting a lot of well-deserved glory for its soul music successes in the 1960s and ’70s, Stax was in the trenches...

Sunny Sweeney

It was last fall when Sunny Sweeney’s self-produced debut c.d. first arrived in the mail. Not that it was particularly momentous. She hails from...

Blood of the Sun

Blood of the Sun is a new local band, built from the spare parts of Sourvein, Storm at Sunrise, Rotting Corpse, and a couple...

Effron White

Arkansas native Effron White’s vocal style has been compared to that of Bob Dylan, Tom Waits, and John Prine. That’s like saying “He sounds...