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Book Review: Rosanne Cash – Composed

Book Review: Rosanne Cash – Composed

Composed by Rosanne Cash (Viking, 2010) Rosanne Cash, firstborn child of country music icon Johnny Cash and his first wife Vivian, was a writer long before she became a musician, singer and songwriter. A light went on with the assignment of a seventh-grade English project for which she created an original metaphor. When revisiting that […]

Rare short film by Exene Cervenka & Modi Frank, starring Kevin Costner — proceeds go to Gulf Coast aid orgs.

Rare short film by Exene Cervenka & Modi Frank, starring Kevin Costner — proceeds go to Gulf Coast aid orgs.

Who doesn’t love a good Western shoot-em-up silent movie? Back in the mid-1980s, director Modi Frank and X frontwoman Exene Cervenka got a bunch of their pals together and made a short film. Bad Day includes a star-studded cast of punk rockers (John Doe plays a tripped-out priest!), the author of the book Dances with […]

Audra Mae — The Happiest Interview

Audra Mae — The Happiest Interview

Audra Mae is a dreamer with both feet on the ground. The great-grandniece of starlet Judy Garland, Audra is darn proud of her roots but equally as proud to have carved a path of her own, musically speaking. With a hugely capable voice and thoughtfully whimsical melodies, her music is a unique but well-rounded listening […]

Detroit Cobras working on new album — enjoy “As Long As I Have You” until then

Detroit Cobras working on new album — enjoy “As Long As I Have You” until then

We love the retro-garage-punk-mostly-cover band The Detroit Cobras, and rumor has it they’re working on a new album. (How’s that for a hyphen-happy sentence!) Enjoy this video in spectacularly gritty black and white as they grind through ass-shaking power chords and thumping beats. Taped at the Detroit All Star Revue, they performed this classic Garnett […]

Junior League Band’s Jelly Roll released today, NPR interview with Lissy Rosemont

Junior League Band’s Jelly Roll released today, NPR interview with Lissy Rosemont

We love The Junior League Band (check out our exclusive interview with founder Lissy Rosemont) and salute the release of their third full-length release, Jelly Roll, with this NPR broadcast reported by Lissy’s fiance, Mike Melia! Take a look — we think you’ll love this band as much as we do.

Tracy Bonham performs “Big Red Heart” from Masts of Manhatta on Tonight Show 7/12/10

Tracy Bonham performs “Big Red Heart” from Masts of Manhatta on Tonight Show 7/12/10

On Monday’s Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Tracy Bonham performed “Big Red Heart” from her new album, Masts of Manhatta, available now. Rockin’ cowbell performed by L.A.’s own Rich Ferguson, spoken word poet and long-time contributor to The Nervous Breakdown. We wonder if Christopher Walken loves this number as much as we do — because, […]

R.E.M.’s reconstructed Fables of the Reconstruction 2-CD set out now

R.E.M.’s reconstructed Fables of the Reconstruction 2-CD set out now

We can’t believe it’s been 25 years. Where has the time gone? Fables of the Reconstruction remains one of R.E.M.’s most original albums, featuring deep and lasting images of the American South from the band’s unique collective perspective. The first CD contains the entire Fables album, and the second CD, affectionately called “The Athens Demos”, […]

Charlie Daniels’ Real America

Charlie Daniels’ Real America

To the world at large, no musician epitomizes country music more than Charlie Daniels. His name is shorthand for epic fiddle playing. His albums are country music classics. Not only is “Devil Went Down to Georgia” one of the most widely recognized country music songs in the world, it is the most celebrated face-off between […]

Merle Haggard: Country Music Traditionalist, Internet Prophet

Merle Haggard: Country Music Traditionalist, Internet Prophet

In April 2010, Merle Haggard’s latest album, I Am What I Am hit stores and radio stations around the nation. Amid the smooth, polished, heavily produced (some would say overly-produced) opus of much of the modern Nashville sound, I Am What I Am was like a revelation — a voice and sound that seemed to […]

The Watson Twins announce late summer U.S. tour dates

The Watson Twins announce late summer U.S. tour dates

The Watson Twins have announced 15 tour dates in the month of August through the West Coast and Mid-West U.S. The Kentucky-bred ladies will be touring in support of their album, Talking To You, Talking To Me, released earlier this year on Vanguard Records. “Savin’ You” is the first video off the album, an intimate […]

(Way More Than) 12 Questions with Lissy Rosemont of Junior League Band

(Way More Than) 12 Questions with Lissy Rosemont of Junior League Band

The Junior League Band, fronted by Georgia native and current D.C. resident Lissy Rosemont, releases Jelly Roll, their third full-length album, this Friday. The title conjures thoughts of New Orleans, old-time Delta blues, Jelly Roll Morton, sex, and rolling on the kitchen floor with your lover. Sounds like a party! Jelly Roll is a raucous […]

Charlie Louvin – Hickory Wind: Live at the Gram Parsons Guitar Pull, Waycross, GA – (Tompkins Square Records)

Charlie Louvin – Hickory Wind: Live at the Gram Parsons Guitar Pull, Waycross, GA – (Tompkins Square Records)

This review comes on the heels of some unfortunate news, as Charlie Louvin was recently diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. At 83 years of age, Mr. Louvin is expected to make a full recovery after surgery on the 22nd of this month, two days after the release of this album. When we spoke with him recently […]

Deer Tick – The Black Dirt Sessions – (Partisan Records)

Deer Tick – The Black Dirt Sessions – (Partisan Records)

Listening to Deer Tick’s third studio album, The Black Dirt Sessions, will undoubtedly pose the question: can I tolerate this vocal? You love it or hate it. Though, if you hate it, you’ll learn to love it. The classic instrumentation of these haunting tunes insists upon it. The actual recording quality of the album is […]

Mary Gauthier at Eddie’s Attic – Atlanta, GA – 6/25/10

Mary Gauthier at Eddie’s Attic – Atlanta, GA – 6/25/10

Mary Gauthier (pronounced go-SHAY) has said that the best nights on stage involve losing herself in her songs, reaching that transcendent moment when she and the audience become one. This certainly happened at her show on Friday at Eddie’s Attic, when — with the crowd’s affirmation — she changed the final line in her song […]