Crosby, Stills and Nash: There And Back Again

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It’s less than two hours before Crosby, Stills & Nash are set to walk on stage at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee, and Graham Nash and I are sitting in his backstage greenroom checking out each other’s tattoos. Crosby – whom everyone refers to as Croz – has gone down the street to Gruhn […]

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American Songwriter’s Top 50 Songs Of 2012

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50. Diamond Rugs, “Christmas In A Chinese Restaurant” John McCauley gets drunk, finds an out-of-tune piano, and sings the loneliest, saddest Christmas carol imaginable, somehow managing to rhyme “how’s the ham?” with “moo goo gai pan.” Best part: a street-corner Santa digs a saxophone out of a dumpster and solos on the bridge. 49. Beach […]

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American Songwriter’s Top 50 Albums Of 2012

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  50. Band of Horses: Mirage Rock Even back when Band of Horses were writing soaring and dreamy indie rock epics like “The Funeral,” beneath the shimmer and sheen of their Pacific Northwestern façade, there was a gritty, folky Southern rock band. Increasingly that’s become all the more a part of the band’s identity, and the […]

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Photos: The 2012 Holiday Gear Guide

Coco Hames and Amanda Shires show off the Yamaha AC3M guitar and Lanikai Tenor ukulele.

Live from Santa’s Pub in Nashville, it’s our 2012 Holiday Gear Guide. The Ettes’ Coco Haines and Amanda Shires dropped by to help test out these must-have instruments. Photos by Mackenzie Moore and Will Vastine.

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Highlights From The 2012 Hangout Music Fest


  M. Ward, Dr. Dog, Dave Matthews Band and more hit the beach for The Hangout Music Fest in Gulf Shores, Alabama.

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Lollapalooza Lineup Boasts Black Sabbath, Black Keys, Red Hot Chili Peppers

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Lollapalooza will return to Chicago’s Grant Park on August 3-5, with a lineup that features the reunion of several bands — late ’60s metal pioneers Black Sabbath, 90’s alt-rockers Afghan Whigs, and modern hardcore heroes At The Drive-In. Also appearing are Jack White, who’ll perform songs from his debut solo album, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, […]

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