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March 31, 2023 By Robert Rodi
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February 24, 2023 at 7:00 am by Robert Rodi
As gifted as she is both as a composer and singer, it’s Half Gringa’s lyrics that launch her into the stratosphere.
February 17, 2023 at 7:00 am by Robert Rodi
The lovely airiness of Quinn’s songs disguises the fact that they’re brilliantly constructed. She pulls off a complete emotional arc with disarming sweetness.
February 10, 2023 at 7:00 am by Craig Bechtel
In a perfect world, The Beths would top the singles chart. But folks don’t form bands to become rich and famous, they do it because they have something to say.
February 3, 2023 at 7:00 am by Robert Rodi
Shake off the February chill with these sizzling, must-see acts.
January 27, 2023 at 7:00 am by Robert Rodi
I’ve always thought of bossa nova as a literary song form, and the song “Traces” has just the soupçon of ambiguity required to meet that high bar.
January 20, 2023 at 7:00 am by Dave Hoekstra
Many of these candid images can be seen for the first time in “Fleetwood Mac in Chicago (The Legendary Chess Blues Session)” by Lowenthal and Robert Schaffner.
January 13, 2023 at 7:00 am by Seth Boustead
Tan Dun’s new piece blends east and west by taking sonic inspiration simultaneously from Spanish flamenco guitar and an ancient Chinese instrument, the pipa.
January 6, 2023 at 7:00 am by Robert Rodi
The new year kicks off with some can’t-miss performances by genre-spanning artists.
December 23, 2022 at 7:00 am by Robert Rodi
You can divide folk singers into two vocal categories: the hard-living and the angelic. Nora O’Connor is definitely Door Number Two.
December 16, 2022 at 7:00 am by Robert Rodi
Like the best bossa nova, there’s real iron in these tunes, while sounding so airy and light the band might be making them up on the spot.
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