Watch: Jimmy Fallon Adds Tom Petty Impression To His Resume

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What do you get when you combine the surviving members of Nirvana with a lookalike version of Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, including Jimmy Fallon as the frontman? This spot-on spoof of “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around,” the 1981 duet between Petty and chart-topping American girl Stevie Nicks. Since that whole premise isn’t bizarre enough, […]

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The Walking Dead’s Emily Kinney On Music, New York City And “Julie”

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You know her as Beth Greene, one of the mud-splattered, zombie-killing ingenues on AMC’s The Walking Dead. We know her as Emily Kinney, an actress and singer/songwriter whose latest EP, Expired Love, pitches its tent halfway between Ingrid Michaelson’s boy-crazy pop and Regina Spektor’s peppy piano folk. We rang her up earlier this week to […]

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Watch: St. Paul & The Broken Bones Tear Up “Half The City”

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Two months ago, we brought you a live, laidback version of The Avett Brothers’ “The Clearness is Gone,” performed by the band in someone’s attic and videotaped by the traveling production team Live & Breathing. Today, we’re teaming up with Live and Breathing once again to premiere St. Paul & the Broken Bones’ “Half the […]

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Can You Predict A Hit Song Based On Lyrics Alone?

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Who’s ready for some weird science? After poring over 59 years of data from the Billboard singles charts, researchers at North Carolina State University say they’ve pinpointed a few lyrical themes that can determine whether or not a song will be a hit. They’ve gotten pretty good at it, too… so good that they can […]

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Wild Mountain Honey: A Q&A With Brett Dennen

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When the long tour in support of 2011’s Loverboy wrapped up, Brett Dennen headed home to California. The plan was to relax and regroup. Itching to find some new inspiration, though, Dennen wound up moving into a small cabin up north, not too far away from the northern tip of Yosemite National Park. There, surrounded […]

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Song Premiere: Ronnie Milsap, “Georgia On My Mind”

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Before becoming one of the most successful names in country music, Ronnie Milsap was a half-hearted college student in upstate Georgia. He’d sailed through high school with the dream of becoming an R&B singer after graduation, but his teachers had other plans, convincing Ronnie to start taking law classes at Young Harris College instead. He […]

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Check Out This Amazing Tom Waits Map

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“Well it’s Ninth and Hennepin, all the doughnuts have names that sound like prostitutes, and the moon’s teeth marks are on the sky…” Tom Waits has been traveling the world since the early 1970s, bringing his catalog of vaudevillian, sharply-worded rock & roll tunes along for the ride. Forty years (and more than 15 albums) […]

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Drive By-Truckers: English Oceans

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Drive-By Truckers English Oceans (ATO) 3.5 out of 5 stars With longtime members Shonna Tucker and John Neff out of the lineup, the Drive-By Truckers scale back and lurch forward on their twelfth album. English Oceans is a meat-and-potatoes rock and roll record, rawer and rougher than anything since Alabama Ass Whuppin’, and its leanness […]

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Song Premiere: Eli Young Band, “Revelations”

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The boys in Eli Young Band used to get by with a little help from their friends. Three years ago, they scored back-to-back chart toppers with a cover of Will Hoge’s “Even If It Breaks Your Heart” and a double-platinum version of the Liz Rose/Lee Brice collaboration “Crazy Girl.” Last summer, they landed another number […]

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The Billy Reid + Weather Up Austin Shindig Sampler

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   American Songwriter is proud to present The Billy Reid + Weather Up Austin Shindig, a two-day musical extravaganza deep in the heart of Texas. The event goes down March 12 and March 13, from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., at Weather Up in East Austin (1808 E Cesar Chavez Street). This month’s digital sampler features […]

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Live Video: The Avett Brothers, “The Clearness Is Gone”

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Sometime during the past few years, the Avett Brothers officially hit the big leagues. They toured the country, playing arenas instead of clubs. They released albums on major labels, cracking the Top 5 two different times. They earned Grammy nominations. They played the late-night talk show circuit. Take away the arena gigs and the Grammy […]

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Stream The Grahams’ Debut Album Riverman’s Daughter

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The Grahams’ debut album, Riverman’s Daughter, took more that two years to create. It all started in the classroom, where future bandmates Alyssa and Doug Graham met as first grade students, and continued in the streets of New York City, where the two began dating as teenagers. Years later, the grownup high-school sweethearts got married […]

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