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Town and Country - Shorter Artist Feature from Issue #48 Nov-Dec 2003

Rusty Truck – Who’s zoomin’ who

We all have skilled friends willing to lend a hand — to fix a computer glitch or check under the hood, that sort of thing. But what if you write songs, and you happen to know some of the biggest names in rock and country music? That’s the case with Mark Seliger, renowned entertainment photographer [...]

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Waxed - Record Review from Issue #48 Nov-Dec 2003

Carla Bozulich – Red Headed Stranger

Red Headed Stranger marks the solo debut of Carla Bozulich, the art-rock iconoclast best known as the husky-voiced leader of art-twang group the Geraldine Fibbers. And yes, it’s THAT Red Headed Stranger — a remake of Willie Nelson’s concept-album classic from 1975. Bozulich has long been a fan of the epic album (her former band [...]

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Waxed - Record Review from Issue #47 Sept-Oct 2003

Weakerthans – Reconstruction Site

Born from the politically charged hardcore group Propagandhi, the Weakerthans are an indie-rock band with punk roots, their songs sometimes caustic, often framed with itchy rhythms and scratchy guitars. But that’s where the typical ends. Throughout their third album, Reconstruction Site, the Winnipeg quartet often defies conventional structure (think latter-day Wilco) and frequently forgets a [...]

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Town and Country - Shorter Artist Feature from Issue #47 Sept-Oct 2003

Patrick Park – Something Up His Sleeve

Shake Patrick Park’s hand and you’ll likely notice his most peculiar feature — claws. You might not feel them, per se — two years of wearing them has perhaps taught the Los Angeles musician a thing or two about finesse — but you’ll likely see them coming. They’re somewhat menacing — five white, pointy things [...]

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Not Fade Away - Reissue Review from Issue #47 Sept-Oct 2003

Beat Farmers – Live At The Spring Valley Inn, 1983

San Diego in 1983 was a miserable place for a new-music fan. Long before the city’s brief flirtation as the new Seattle in the mid-’90s, the live music coming from its bars was dominated by pandering cover bands, as if there were one for every sailor and beach bum in this coastal military town. You [...]

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Waxed - Record Review from Issue #46 July-Aug 2003

Various Artists – A Country West Of Nashville

The latest from Dwight Yoakam producer/guitarist Pete Anderson’s Little Dog label is posited as a sort of cousin to A Town South Of Bakersfield, the acclaimed late-’80 series on Enigma/Restless that documented Los Angeles’ country-music underground of that era. Only this time out, as the title suggests, the scope has been widened drastically to showcase [...]

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The Long Way Around - Feature from Issue #46 July-Aug 2003

Steve Wynn – Out of Syndication

Steve Wynn could have disappeared from the face of the Earth upon the release of The Days Of Wine And Roses, the 1982 debut album by his former band the Dream Syndicate, and his small piece of rock lore would have been etched in the stones and soil left behind. The album, a mix of [...]

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Waxed - Record Review from Issue #46 July-Aug 2003

Damien Rice – O

Damien Rice’s debut album, O, arrived to considerable acclaim and sales in Ireland early last year and seduced U.K. ears soon after. The buzz in the U.S. has been slower in building, spurred initially by the support of Santa Monica, California, powerhouse public radio station KCRW, and just now resulting in the album’s domestic release [...]

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Waxed - Record Review from Issue #45 May-June 2003

Thorns – Self Titled

Featuring one rock artist of sporadic greatness — Matthew Sweet — and two mildly successful where-ya-been-lately rock singer-songwriters — Pete Droge, best-known for 1994′s “If You Don’t Love Me (I’ll Kill Myself)”, and Shawn Mullins, best-known for 1998′s “Lullaby”– the Thorns are hardly a supergroup. But neither is it a coming together of old pals; [...]

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Town and Country - Shorter Artist Feature from Issue #45 May-June 2003

Jimmy Ryan: A man and a mandolin

Jimmy Ryan is one of those names woven into the fabric of Americana music. He’s not atop the marquee, mind you, a la Lucinda Williams or Buddy Miller, but his contributions are considerable. He’s perhaps best-known as one of the principals in alt-country precursors the Blood Oranges, but his cheat sheet also includes the more [...]

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From the Blogs

  • By the Time You Read This, It'll Be Over: A Pre-Newport Ramble
    Missing the first night -- likely the best of the three, given my taste and interest -- is sort of a bummer. But, on the other hand there's still two more days and nights to wander around the festival site, to hopefully discover a new act or the reinvention of something old. And, to be completely honest, the music and performances will run second to jus […]
  • Your Interview with the Jayhawks' Gary Louris
    A couple of weeks ago, we announced a contest to give away some copies of the Jayhawks' remastered and reissued editions of Sound of Lies, Smile, and Rainy Day Music. In the process, we asked you to pose questions you'd like to see Jayhawks founding member Gary Louris answer. Fifty folks entered and Jayhawk Gary Louris… […]
  • Lake Street Dive Motorboats into the Big Time
    The usual pleasantries open the interview with Lake Street Dive's singer extraordinaire, Rachael Price. There’s a mention of a shared acquaintance and a nod to the band's previous appearances in town, the first before a tiny crowd at Norfolk's Taphouse in 2011. "Oh, I recall," Price says. "That was a very memorable show." I […]
  • No Depression Is Getting a Facelift: A Note About What's Around the Bend
    Ever since we announced that No Depression had been acquired by FreshGrass back in March, we’ve heard from many of you with questions, concerns, and ideas about the future of this website and the community that gathers here. We created a forum topic at that time so we could organize these comments and refer to them frequently, which we have done as we’ve dev […]
  • Vancouver International Folk Music Festival Day One (Jericho Beach, Vancouver BC - July 18th, 2014)
    A glorious run of unseasonably warm weather for a couple of weeks in Vancouver had me all but convinced that the 37th annual edition of the Vancouver International Folk Music Festival would see rain. We can rarely rely on the sun for that long in the Pacific Northwest, so it seemed like a sure thing. As it turns out I was wrong —… […]
  • Danny Petroni & Frank Lacy - The Blue Project (Album Review)
    Guitarist Danny Petroni teamed up with Frank Lacy to create a modern blues, jazz, and soul band that he bills as the “Sound of Asbury Park.” The result is the self-titled release The Blue Project.  The album is a collection of hymns about the common man's struggle and inner city view of modern life, mixed with good, old-time, horsing-around fun. Vocalis […]

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