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Three-time Grammy award-winning singer-songwriter Shawn Colvin is a contemporary folk legend. Colvin started playing guitar at age ten and cut her teeth in the folk circuits of Illinois and San Francisco before moving on to the Fast Folk cooperative of Greenwich Village in New York City.

Mariachi El Bronx is not exactly what one might expect from a cross between innovative LA based punk rockers The Bronx and a beloved form of Mexican folk music. Frankly, The Bronx probably didn’t expect it either when this side project was started in an attempt to avoid playing an acoustic set on TV.

Bear in Heaven spent the winter trimming down -- from a four piece to three -- and stocking up, releasing their third album, I Love You, It's Cool, this spring. To promote the album they posted the entire LP on their website, but not before slowing the audio down 400,000 times.

Imagine the pining emotionality of country music, then strip it down to the core. Take away the sequins, the hats, and the big leather boots and you're entering the territory -- bare and pure -- that Megan Reilly has made her own.

Grammy winning, Norah Jones has been a star since the 2002 release of her debut album Come Away With Me, released on Blue Note Records. The record sold 18 million copies worldwide and won 8 Grammys. Her success has hardly slowed; subsequent releases have all reached gold or platinum.

Lucero, which means bright star in spanish, have been creating quality punk-inflected rock with since the late ‘90s. Hailing from Memphis, frontman Ben Nichols lends the act a gruff Southern twang both vocally and on the guitar.

Neil Young has proved himself to be a timeless musician countless times over his 40 year career. His 34 studio albums and his countless other projects showcase his incredible range and the variety of styles that he easily makes his own.

It might be hard to imagine what collaboration between an best-selling memoirist and English professor and a Grammy award winning country singer-songwriter might sound like. Kin: Songs by Mary Karr & Rodney Crowell, released this June is just that. Superbly crafted, the album tells a story of family from the perspective of love and loss.


In the ever-blossoming revolution of indie-folk, one can become overwhelmed by the sameness of it all. Not so with the music of Portland artist M. Ward.

Although he is best known as Johnny Rotten, the lead-singer of The Sex Pistols, John Lydon did not end his music career with his departure from the pioneering punk act in 1978. Lydon formed PiL, or Public Image Ltd, shortly thereafter and dropped his adopted name. 

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