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SXSW 2014 — The Sounds, Part 2

SXSW 2014 — The Sounds, Part 2

DAVE AND PHIL ALVIN
I'm a big Dave Alvin fan. Unfortunately for me I discovered the Blasters, the seminal band co-founded by Dave and his brother Phil, after they went…

SXSW 2014 — The Sounds, Part 2
SXSW 2014 — The Sounds

SXSW 2014 — The Sounds, Part 1

THE HOLD STEADY

While I may not be as crazy the friend who chased the band around Austin for the band's 7 planned shows, I wasn't going to pass up a…

SXSW 2014 — The Sounds, Part 1
SXSW 2014: The Scene

SXSW 2014 — The Scene

For me, the true harbinger of spring is the arrival of the SXSW Music and Media Conference in Austin, Texas. Or rather, spring begins for me when I arrive in…

SXSW 2014 — The Scene
Southern Soul Assembly – Saenger Theatre, Mobile, Alabama

Southern Soul Assembly at the Saenger Theatre…

So I'm in Mobile, AL this week for my day job.  As I'm eating lunch Tuesday I look up and see a poster for the Southern Soul Assembly, featuring JJ…

Southern Soul Assembly at the Saenger Theatre…
Trevor Alguire – Miles Away

Trevor Alguire – Miles Away

Staring out the window, it's only the middle of the afternoon and yet darkness has started creeping in.  A cold wind howls out of the north and  the trees seem…

Trevor Alguire – Miles Away
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Readers’ Pick: BECK, Morning Phase

You picked BECK’s “Morning Phase” as your favorite for the week of February 25, 2014. Readers’ Top 10 (last 4 weeks) JIMBO MATHUS & THE TRI-STATE COALITION, Dark Night of the Soul (44) LYDIA LOVELESS, Somewhere Else (19) BECK, Morning Phase (13) PARKER MILLSAP, Parker Millsap (9) JOE LOUIS WALKER, Hornet’s Nest (8) BOB MOULD, […] more »

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Monday Morning Video – Levi Lowrey covers Black Sabbath

Shawn wrote about Levi Lowrey and company’s latest release last week (read it here). Well, here’s a live version of the album’s closing track — a fiddle-driven cover of Black Sabbath’s “War Pigs.” It’s all Americana, right? more »

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Levi Lowrey – Levi Lowrey

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My favorite album of last year was Jason Isbell’s Southeastern.  It was an exploration of a man’s demons, some of them intense enough to sometimes weigh in on my decision whether to hit play or go for something a little lighter on the mind.  Levi Lowrey, with his second, self-titled, album, has also chosen to […] more »

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Music With a Purpose — Matthew Ryan’s “An Anthem for the Broken”

Let me get straight to the point. Buy this song. Buy it not because it is a great song, although it is. Buy it because when you do, you’ll be supporting a fellow music fan and longtime friend of Twangville who is waging a fierce battle with ALS (otherwise known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease). Click […] more »

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Readers’ Pick: JIMBO MATHUS & THE TRI-STATE COALITION, Dark Night of the Soul

You picked JIMBO MATHUS & THE TRI-STATE COALITION’s “Dark Night of the Soul” as your favorite for the week of February 18, 2014. Readers’ Top 10 (last 4 weeks) JIMBO MATHUS & THE TRI-STATE COALITION, Dark Night of the Soul (44) LYDIA LOVELESS, Somewhere Else (19) PARKER MILLSAP, Parker Millsap (9) DAVID CROSBY, Croz (9) […] more »

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Monday Morning Video – Morphine “Cure for Pain”

This song randomly popped up over the weekend. It served as a great reminder of how extraordinary Morphine’s music was and how great a loss it was when Mark Sandman passed away in 1999. more »

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Mass Ave – A Special Boston Playlist

FEATURED ALBUMS Good Luck, by Girls Guns and Glory Girls Guns and Glory have always been a fun live band, mixing up originals with choice covers ranging from Elvis Presley to Hank Williams. They’ve captured that energy – and then some – on their latest release. The Boston quartet traveled to Brooklyn to record the […] more »

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Damien Jurado/Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son

I once made my fiancé a mix CD of Damien Jurardo songs that she refused to listen to because of the songs of his I’d played for her before. She liked a lot of them, but stated they were “so sad.” A few months later I was having a discussion with her dad about Jason […] more »

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Clay McClinton – Bitin’ At the Bit

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“I started out the night with good intentions, but ended up getting sideways drinking wine…”  Clay McClinton does a cover of his dad’s most famous song, Victim Of Life’s Circumstances, about halfway through his latest release, Bitin’ At the Bit.  It’s not only a welcome bit of deja vu, it also serves as a convenient […] more »

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Readers’ Pick: NEIL FINN, Dizzy Heights

You picked Neil Finn’s “Dizzy Heights” as your favorite for the week of February 11, 2014. Readers’ Top 10 (last 4 weeks) DAMIEN JURADO, Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son (11) PARKER MILLSAP, Parker Millsap (9) DAVID CROSBY, Croz (9) LAURA CANTRELL, No Way There From Here (8) SCOTT H. BIRAM, Nothin But Blood […] more »

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Monday Morning Video: Lydia Loveless

Twangville fave Lydia Loveless has a new album hitting the streets tomorrow and it’s a rocker. I’ll be sharing my thoughts on it shortly but, in the meantime, here’s Loveless and the crew performing an early favorite called “Wine Lips.” more »

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Happy Valentine’s Day: Radio Sweetheart from Sarah Borges

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Every once in awhile, there is an artist whose album is so anticipated by everyone in the Twangville Posse that a few of us pile on for a team review. Put Sarah Borges’ “Radio Sweetheart” into that category. SUZANNE’S TAKE There’s one word to describe Sarah Borges: BADASS. When I was growing up, I always […] more »

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Shane Sweeney’s Morning Drawings

For all the magical moments spent performing, I gotta imagine that life as a touring musician has plenty of shortcomings. Set aside the extended drives and junk food sustenance, there are undoubtedly hours of monotony and boredom. In those instances it pays to have a hobby to occupy the time. Two Cow Garage’s Shane Sweeney […] more »

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Steve Dawson – Rattlesnake Cage

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Canadian roots music master Steve Dawson’s Rattlesnake Cage showcases Dawson’s astonishing guitar skills as they should be – intimate and acoustic.  Dawson, whose passion for roots music prompted him to found the Black Hen Music label in 1995, has been a force in the Canadian music scene and now, having relocated to Nashville, his star […] more »

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Readers’ Pick: PARKER MILLSAP, Parker Millsap

You picked Parker Millsap’s self-titled album as your favorite for the week of February 4, 2014. Readers’ Top 10 (last 4 weeks) ROSANNE CASH, The River & The Thread (17) BLACKIE & THE RODEO KINGS, South (12) DAMIEN JURADO, Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son (11) PARKER MILLSAP, Parker Millsap (9) DAVID CROSBY, Croz […] more »

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Matthew Ryan benefit for John Anderson