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Eels New Wonderful, Glorious Starts A New Chapter For Mark Oliver Everett

April 19, 2013 - The last few years have found Mark Oliver Everett of Eels doing more than a bit of summing up. That includes an autobiography "Things the Grandchildren Should Know" and releasing an anthology of the band’s past work.
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Shovels & Rope: Husband & Wife Better Together

April 18, 2013 - Husband and wife Michael Trent and Cary Ann Hearst had their own careers going, he with the band The Films and she solo, and then they started performing together, just the two of them.
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The James Hunter Six Gets The British Soul Singer’s Sound Right

April 17, 2013 - Our guest is by no means an overnight sensation. James Hunter fell in love with the sound of vintage R&B in his youth in England with the foundation of his grandmother’s 78s.
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Jesse Dee’s Vintage R&B Sound
April 17, 2013 - Jesse Dee grew up in Boston, far from the South where the music he loves began. He heard 50’s and 60’s R&B on the radio as a kid and could never shake it.
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Lady Lamb The Beekeeper’s Music Emerges From The Basement
April 16, 2013 - Aly Spaltro first captured the small but tight-knit Portland, Maine, scene, then moved across the country to Brooklyn where those original songs were re-worked for her debut.
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The Five Best Of The Third Man Records Live to Vinyl Series
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What Are The Five Most Important Country Records Ever?
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Gillian Welch and David Rawlings Personal Take on Nashville
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Grimey’s Records Top Five Best New Nashville Bands
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Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell Get The Old Band Together Again
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Two Treasures of The Nashville Americana Scene Collaborate – It’s Buddy & Jim
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Nashville’s Moon Taxi Grows Their Unique Indie-Prog-Jazz-Folk Style On Their New Album Cabaret
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Singer-Songwriter Caitlin Rose’s First Musical Love Certainly Wasn’t Country
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World Cafe Sense Of Place Visit To Nashville Kicks Off With The Indie-Pop of Leagues
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How A Broken Leg, A 1930’s Graphic Novel And A New Studio All Lead To Jim James’ "Regions Of Light and Sound Of God"

May 13, 2013 - There have been albums under the name Yim Yames and projects with the New Multitudes and Monsters of Folk but Regions Of Light and Sound of God is the first bearing Jim James’ own name.
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Mercury Prize Nominated Jessie Ware Grows Into The Success of Her Debut Devotion

August 19, 2013 - Soul-inspired singer-songwriter Jessie Ware is not the first to make it from backing vocalist to the front of the stage. Didn’t Sheryl Crow once back Michael Jackson?
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A Singer With A Gorgeous High Voice? An Album Recorded In A Cabin? But Night Beds Are Not Bon Iver!
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Kail Baxley Danced For James Brown, Boxed as an Amateur, and Found The Truth About His Father at His Funeral
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Guitar God Richard Thompson Plays Electric Acoustic
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More than forty years after his death, Jimi Hendrix's music is still relevant today. His new album release, People, Hell & Angels debuted at Number 2 on the Billboard Hot 200 list and the single charted at Number One.
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Performing and recording under the name Toro Y Moi, Chaz Bundick draws on elements of soul, jazz, Latin disco, funk and modern pop. With Toro Y Moi's 2010 debut, Causers of This, Bundick became a pioneer of what's often called chillwave.
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Some of Today’s Best, Most Authentic, Live Reggae Comes from Kingston Los Angeles!
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Billy Bragg Nicknames Himself The "Sherpa Of Heartbreak" on His Quieter New Album

May 6, 2013 - Produced by Grammy award winning producer, Joe Henry, Bragg draws heavily on inspiration from his collaboration with Wilco on "Mermaid Avenue," a collection of Woody Guthrie songs brought to life by their collaboration, and includes a Woody Guthrie cover.
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From Gorilla Manor in LA to Brooklyn and Back: The Odyssey of Local Natives Second Album April 15, 2013 - Recently releasing their sophomore album Hummingbird on Frenchkiss Records this past January, this Los Angeles based indie rock band, known as the Local Natives, has sparked a lot of discussion on their highly-anticipated album release.
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Hear the Story of The Miraculous Physical Recovery That Lead to The Lone Bellow's Unexpected Debut

April 29, 2013 - Unexpectedly hailing from Brooklyn, New York is The Lone Bellow, a country-rock trio whose members have long resided in the roots of the South.
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Revisit Band of Horses’ acoustic show at The Merriam; get amped for their plugged-in show at...

Back in February, XPoNential Music Festival headliners Band of Horses went unplugged on the stage of the Merriam Theater, which was...Read More

Daniel Rossen mixes new and old in rare solo show at Underground Arts

Singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Daniel Rossen played a solo, seated show at Underground Arts on Monday. Best known for his...Read More

Goodnight Lights throw a house party for four in their “Convinced” video

It’s like the crash after a long night of throwing back Lagers and oily pepperoni pizza and wondering where the rest of your...Read More

A resurrected Veruca Salt will rock the TLA with its original lineup on July 22nd

All four original members of Nineties alternative rock band Veruca Salt have reunited, are releasing two new songs this Saturday on...Read More

Natalie Merchant headlining the TLA with a new album in tow on June 11th

Singer-songwriter Natalie Merchant, who recently recorded a World Cafe session during WXPN’s Big Day Out event, is playing the...Read More