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  • Corb Lund's Southern Odyssey

    Canadian country maverick makes 'raw and dirty' record at Memphis' famed Sun Studio

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  • Carole King's 'Beautiful' Opens on Broadway

    Phil Collins, Nathan Lane, Clive Davis and more turn out for premiere

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  • Breaking: Cotton Jones

    Who: Cotton Jones, formerly operating under the more unwieldy moniker Cotton Jones Basket Ride, were born when Michael Nau and Whitney McGraw of of folk-popsters Page France got the urge to roam. The pair decided to set up shop under a different musical roof to fully embrace their shared love of '60s psych-pop. "Things naturally […]

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  • Meet Crooked X, The Quartet of 14-Year-Olds MTV, Kiss and "Rock Band" Adore

    When Rock N Roll Dream premieres January 13th on MTV, the rock doc will introduce the world to Crooked X, four heavy-hitting 14-year-olds from the heartland of Coweta, Oklahoma, who went from having their parents drive them to practice to playing arena shows with Kiss and Ted Nugent. But for all their fresh-faced youth, the […]

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  • Q&A: Joan Jett on Her Big Hits and Runaways Drama

    Rock's original tough gal talks being loved by Pete Townshend and scorned by Clive Davis

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  • Animal Collective Preview Trippy "Merriweather Post Pavilion"

    Tuesday night, a few dozen journalists and fortunate fans braved inclement weather to get a first listen to Animal Collective's Merriweather Post Pavilion, due January 20th on Domino Records. On first listen, the band's eighth studio album proved less linear and immediately accessible than last year's Strawberry Jam, and more in line with their recent, […]

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  • Echo and the Bunnymen Let "Ocean Rain" Fall On Radio City Music Hall

    Echo & the Bunnymen's 1984 album Ocean Rain was a bold, ambitious record that marked the pinnacle in the moody Liverpudlians' career, and still stands up as one of the finer moments of the post-punk/new wave era. The band celebrated their 30th anniversary by presenting Ocean Rain live in its entirety with the help of […]

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  • Ani DiFranco: "Music Sharing Is Essential, But There Must Be a Way For Artists to Get Paid"

    Ani DiFranco may have a reputation as a confrontational folk firebrand, but for all its sociopolitical savvy, her new album, Red Letter Year, is also fueled by domestic bliss. The Buffalo-born troubadour makes her home in New Orleans these days, where she recorded the album with her "co-producer/babydaddy" Mike Napolitano. "He's the reason the album […]

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  • Loretta Lynn, Desmond Child Inducted Into Songwriters Hall of Fame

    While the rest of the show-biz crowd gets its annual ya-ya's out at over-the-top affairs like the Grammys and the Oscars, songwriters celebrate themselves in a comparatively understated (but equally impressive) manner at the yearly Songwriters Hall of Fame inductions. For the 39th songsmiths' shindig, honorees ran the gamut from country queens to pop princes: […]

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