The Secret Sisters: Put Your Needle Down

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The Secret Sisters Put Your Needle Down (Universal Republic) Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars Even though the Secret Sisters haven’t released an album since their lauded 2010 debut, Laura and Lydia Rogers have kept in the game by performing a song (“Tomorrow Will Be Kinder”) on the Hunger Games soundtrack and co-writing another (“Let […]

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The 30 Greatest Bob Dylan Songs: #21, “Hurricane”

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“Here comes the story of the Hurricane/the man the authorities came to blame/ for something that he never done/Put in a prison cell, but one time he coulda been the champion of the world!” Hurricane is a song unique to Bob Dylan’s vast body of work. Driven by Scarlet Rivera’s frantic violin fills and Rob […]

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Book Review: The Band: Pioneers of Americana Music

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The Band: Pioneers of Americana Music By Craig Harris (Rowman & Littlefield) When The Band released its debut album, Music From Big Pink, in 1968, their impact on other musicians was huge. Musicians on both sides of the Atlantic, including The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton and The Grateful Dead took notice and started […]

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R.I.P. Jesse Winchester, A Songwriter Admired By Bob Dylan And Many More


Singer-songwriter Jesse Winchester passed away Friday morning, after a long fight with cancer. Winchester, who was born in Louisiana and moved to Montreal in 1967 when facing the impending Vietnam war draft, was revered by countless songwriters and musicians, despite never achieving widespread commercial fame. Many of Winchester’s songs, which include standards like “Mississippi You’re […]

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Painting Landscapes: A Q&A with Rodney Crowell


Rodney Crowell returns next week with Tarpaper Sky, his first proper solo release since 2008′s Sex And Gasoline. We chat with our former “Lyric Contest Dream Co-Writer” about how he’s grown as a songwriter, the temptation to re-write an old hit, and the influence of Cèzanne on the new album.  Stream Crowell’s New Album Tarpaper Sky […]

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Wilko Johnson & Roger Daltrey: Going Back Home

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Wilko Johnson & Roger Daltrey Going Back Home (Chess/Universal) 4 out of 5 stars The Going Back Home title of this one-off collaboration between the two British rock legends indicates its contents. Through eight previous solo albums, Who frontman/singer Daltrey has never consistently captured the essence of gritty blues that informs his lifelong work in […]

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T Bone Burnett Helms All-Star Sequel To Bob Dylan’s Basement Tapes

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In 1967, Bob Dylan and The Band began gathering together at The Band’s “Big Pink” house in West Saugerties, New York to make music. Those loose, informal sessions yielded a legendary series of recordings, featuring both covers and new songs, celebrated for their looseness and evocation of what Greil Marcus termed the “Old, Weird America.” […]

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The Secret Sisters Announce New Album & Tour

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Country/folk duo The Secret Sisters  (Laura and Lydia Rogers) released their acclaimed self-titled debut album four years ago. Now the sisters and their fans are ready for new music. Their second album, Put Your Needle Down will be released on April 15th via Republic Records. It was produced by T Bone Burnett, who also helmed […]

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Top 10 Performances from Bob Dylan: The 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration

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THE LIST: The Best Of Townes Van Zandt, The Band, Radiohead, The Rolling Stones and more…

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The Heartbreakers’ Benmont Tench Finds His Voice With Lucky

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“I’m a guy who, when I’m lucky, something knocks at the door and I write it down.” That’s how Benmont Tench — best known as keyboardist and founding member of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, member of pre-Heartbreakers band Mudcrutch and highly in-demand sideman – describes his open-ended songwriting process. Until recently, his songs largely […]

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Various Artists: Sweetheart 2014


Various Artists: Sweetheart 2014 (Hear Music) 2.5 out of 5 stars There seems to be a connection between coffee and Valentine’s Day because this is the fifth Starbucks endorsed Sweetheart series release subtitled “our favorite artists play their favorite love songs.” Letting mostly edgy contemporary acts choose love, not necessarily romantic, songs to cover is […]

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Conan O’Brien Spoofs Bob Dylan’s Chrysler Commercial


Bob Dylan caused quite a ruckus with his dual Super Bowl commercials over the weekend. While most people seemed to gloss over his spot for Chobani Yogurt (possibly because Jamie Lee Curtis already broke us all in), the Internet came alive with debate over Dylan’s Pro-American, anti-outsourcing Chrysler commercial. There were the usual cries of […]

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