Jan. 29, 2014 12:24
Unlike a lot of songwriters just shaking off the indie label in favor of a less inclusive classification, Phosphorescent, the nom de plume of Matthew Houck, doesn’t go to any great lengths to hide his influences. Five years ago, he released To Willie,....
Jan. 23, 2014 09:29
The fact that Greensboro folk scene pillar Bruce Piephoff has subsisted for what is now 22 albums is a victory for creativity over indifference in the absence of wider distinction, but also for his su...
Jan. 22, 2014 10:44
you ready to brave new directions?” Laura Jane Grace bayed to her audience three songs into punk rock trailblazer Against Me!’s set list at the Cat’s Cradle on Jan. 14....
Jan. 15, 2014 10:16
Just about one year ago, David Kavanaugh was in possession of a pristine black Gibson Les Paul Custom guitar that he intended to use in the formation of a rock-androll band. Today, he’s in possession of a Gibson Les Paul that’s distinguished more by the dull sheen of duct tape and floor abrasions than the glossy black finish it once presented....
Jan. 8, 2014 10:15
Kenny Roby presented his first album in seven years as if no one was going to remember the decade of creative stick and move that preceded the layoff. In classic Roby fashion, he’s come back with a haymaker from the blind spot. Ever the maverick, Memories & Birds....
Dec. 31, 2013 01:31
Aslan Freeman is no stranger to change. After bouncing from project to project for a few years, quietly honing his pop-rock chops, he finally settles into the project that could become “the one” in Future Ghosts....
Dec. 24, 2013 01:42
Forgot that Dave Koz ridiculousness: Al Jarreau’s cosmopolitan magic and Christian Scott’s declarative, often challenging assimilation of hip hop and indie rock dragged the Coltrane Fest into uncharted space in its third year....
Dec. 11, 2013 10:03
There’s a cold war going on between two of the Midwest’s finest purveyors of rare groove, and it’s for good reason (that won’t be explained here) that the Triad has a vested interest in the continued success of Chicago beat excavators Numero Group over Minneapolis archrivals Secret Stash....
Dec. 4, 2013 10:16
Bassist extraordinaire Victor Wooten and his brother, Roy “Future Man” Wooten share five Grammys as the rhythmic force that drives the virtuosic jazz fusion unit, Bela Fleck & the Flecktones, but neither might be where they are without a certain teacher, or “Teacha,” as Regi Wooten is known....

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