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Concert Review: Ayla Brown and Madison Rising Bring Country and Rock to Veterans Rally

Ayla Brown

Patriotism, country music by former 'American Idol' finalist Ayla Brown and rock and roll by Madison Rising made the Concerned Veterans for America (CVA) Defend Freedom Tour a treat for the spirit and the ears. Read More »

Music Review: Brent Best – ‘Your Dog, Champ’ [Slobberbone Frontman Releases First Solo Album]

Brent-Best-YDC

This is gritty stuff and Best breezes through it with a naturalistic poetic flare. It is, at times, downright touching. Read More »

Music Review: The Ragpicker String Band – ‘The Ragpicker String Band’

Ragpicker String Band

A loving tribute to the great traditions of country blues. Read More »

The Rockologist: For Your Consideration – Neil Young’s ‘Monsanto Years'; Wilco’s ‘Star Wars'; Rolling Stones At Hyde Park 1969 DVD

wilcostarwars

Neil Young's rabble-rousing protest rock; Wilco's free, beautiful noise; and The Stones' dress rehearsal for Altamont. Read More »

Music Review: Ajay Mathur – ‘9 to 3’

Ajay Mathur '9 to 3'

A good effort that could make do with some major fine-tuning. Read More »

Music Review: Jonathan Edwards – ‘Tomorrow’s Child’

Jonathan Edwards Tomorrow's Child

The crisp energy of the album's expertly performed acoustic arrangements, produced by the great singer-songwriter and all-around instrumentalist Darrell Scott, makes the songs feel both timeless and timely. Read More »

EXCLUSIVE: Interview and Playlist Debut – Singer-Songwriter Emily West on her ‘Breakup Songs’ Spotify Playlist

Emily West All for You

Streaming services like Spotify are taking us "back to the future" in a way, reminiscent of the days of free-form radio DJs. Except that today, artists themselves are designing some of these creative, meaningful playlists. Emily West's new Spotify playlist is a prime example. Read More »

Music Review: Kacey Musgraves – ‘Pageant Material’

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What may start out feeling like bubblegum country becomes a multi-course meal as you get a little ways into this batch of 13 brief, efficient songs. Read More »

Music Review: The Steeldrivers – ‘The Muscle Shoals Recordings’

Steeldrivers Muscle Shoals

The Steeldrivers' new disc is full of elegant mid-tempo bluegrass songs with dark lyrics. Read More »

Dances with Films Festival: Music, Movies, and Amazing Entertainment

Sarah Dashew

One of the amazingly enjoyable aspects of the Dances with Films Festival is the opportunity to see short films you might never otherwise never screen. Read More »