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Hite

Cabin fever played a role in the making of Light of a Strange Day, the immersive, richly textured debut album from Julia Easterlin’s new experimental folk project, Hite, that was birthed … Read more

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Vanessa Collier

Vocalist/saxophonist/songwriter Vanessa Collier has burst onto the blues scene quickly. She is nominated for a Blues Music Award this year in the Instrumentalist –Horn category. This is only her second … Read more

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Coco Montoya

Listening to Coco Montoya’s wailing, hard-edged guitar blaze away, you’d never guess that Montoya played primarily as a drummer for the late Albert Collins. Stimulated by an Albert King performance … Read more

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Ruthie Foster

I recall seeing Ruthie Foster play, ten years ago or so, in front of 20-30 people on a makeshift stage outdoors at SXSW. Obviously, she’s pretty well known now. Three … Read more

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Billy Flynn

At a time when ten songs and one half hour of music is often all an album offers, Billy Flynn weighs in with 17 songs and 70 minutes of music. … Read more

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The Flywheels

The Flywheels is a psychedelic pop band. Their debut has been a long time coming, but once guitarist Kim Wonderley and bassist and co-songwriter Eric Scott enlisted guitarist John Moremen (Matthew … Read more

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Joel LaRue Smith

  By creatively shifting time, tone, and tenor, landing finally with a Latin elasticity and rhythmic tide “The Seed,” pianist Joel LaRue Smith’s bold first track from The Motorman’s Son, … Read more

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The Muffs

Offering little more than demos of the more articulate album cuts by way of bonus material, the 2017 reissue of Happy Birthday To Me still offers insight into the building … Read more