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The Holmes Brothers – Brotherhood

The Holmes Brothers – Brotherhood

The Holmes Brothers have spread their special brand of joy for years. Brothers Sherman and Wendell, along with drummer Popsy Dixon, have established a special kind of soul-blues that is…

The Holmes Brothers – Brotherhood
Mikey Junior – Traveling South

Mikey Junior – Traveling South

Philadelphia, known more for its rhytm & blues than traditional blues, is nevertheless the home to some outstanding blues musicians including harmonica virtuoso Steve Guyger, the sultry young singer Gina Sicilia, and…

Mikey Junior – Traveling South
Old Settler’s Music Fest – 2014 Edition

Old Settler’s Music Fest – 2014 Edition

Every spring, a couple of weeks after the madhouse of SXSW, the music festival season kicks off with Old Settler's Music Festival, about a half hour outside of Austin.  Started…

Old Settler’s Music Fest – 2014 Edition
DBT Slays Boston

DBT Slays Boston

50 years old. At that age, you'd think that most people would be settling into their career. Yet Patterson Hood still seems like he's got lots new to say. He…

DBT Slays Boston
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
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Girls Guns and Glory

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If you were to waltz into a Girls, Guns, and Glory show in Boston, you might think you were dreaming. Ward Hayden on stage seems like he walked out of a honky tonk. He wears the hat, has the mannerisms, hell he even smiles like a classic country singer. Small town Franklin MA and their […] more »

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Eliza Gilkyson – The Nocturne Diaries

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When you question successful artists in almost any field, one of the common themes that emerges is a belief that what you resist the urge to add to a composition is every bit as important, if not more so, as what does end up in the final mix.  Eliza Gilkyson and her son, Cisco Ryder, […] more »

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Readers’ Pick: DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS, English Oceans

You picked the DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS,’s “English Oceans” as your favorite for the week of March 4, 2014. Readers’ Top 10 (last 4 weeks) JIMBO MATHUS & THE TRI-STATE COALITION, Dark Night of the Soul (44) DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS, English Oceans (23) LYDIA LOVELESS, Somewhere Else (19) BECK, Morning Phase (13) JOE LOUIS WALKER, Hornet’s Nest (8) JOHN […] more »

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Monday Morning Video: Warren Zevon

Sometimes you just want to kick it old school. Here’s one of my favorite Warren Zevon songs, with the band tossing in a bit of Bruce Springsteen’s “Cadillac Ranch” for good measure. more »

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Katie Glassman & Snapshot – Dream A Little Dream

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When I first ran across Katie Glassman a couple of years ago (review here), I noted her album was exploring a lot of genres.  Her latest release, Dream A Little Dream, hit the streets earlier this week featuring her now-permanent band, Snapshot.  She’s taken a significant step forward as a recording artist with this project. […] more »

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Mayer’s Playlist for Feb/Mar 2014, Part 1

I suppose that Lydia Loveless could have gone in two directions after 2011’s outstanding Indestructible Machine... more »

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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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Matthew Ryan benefit for John Anderson