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    June 6, 2014

    Lonesome Shack's Blues Rooted in the Desert

    You could easily be forgiven for mistaking More Primitive, the new LP by Seattle-based blues trio Lonesome Shack, for a mid-'70s recording from the North Mississippi hill country, the fertile blues scene that gave listeners artists like R.L. Burnside, Fred McDowell, Jesse Mae Hemphill, and more. But ... More >>

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    October 11, 2013

    Arizona State Fair Concerts: Who You'll See and When in 2013

    Arizona State Fair concerts aren't like most concerts--and this isn't even about the average age of the performers involved. They're different because you can go to them almost by accident. Exhausted your fried food budget? Unwilling or unable to win your sweetheart a gigantic, unlicensed Angry Bird ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2013

    When Did ZZ Top Become More About Kitsch Than Music?

    ZZ Top formed in 1969, a rough and tumble blues band forming amongst the gritty backdrop of Houston's oil greed and NASA's continuing space race. But it was the summer of 1974 in the community of Friendswood--a small town then, a thriving Houston suburb now--that my curiosity with ZZ Top began, when ... More >>

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    July 13, 2013

    We Asked Ted Nugent About His Presidential Campaign Platform: Here It Is

    Michigan native and old-school rocker Ted Nugent may always be looking to ruffle a few feathers, but he is a bit of a softie at heart. Sure, he's incredibly outspoken politically and musically and to about every hunted animal on the planet. He's the same guy who named his 2013 tour "Black Power" (af ... More >>

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    June 23, 2011
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    June 22, 2011

    Peter Case of The Nerves/Plimsouls, on the Blues, Powerpop and a Fixed Up Heart

    ​Peter Case is a man with serious cred when it comes to power-pop. His '70s band The Nerves recorded the original version of "Hanging On the Telephone," which Blondie scored a hit with, and his '80s group, The Plimsouls, married Northern Soul grooves with strident, chiming melodies. In 1986, Case ... More >>

  • Music

    November 8, 2001

    Standards and Practices

    A guided tour of the best releases across the musical spectrum

  • Music

    January 18, 1996