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- Solo Survivor: James Swanberg Navigates the Live Music Shutdown “The responsibility of having a drummer or a bassist would really stress me out,” says Swanberg. “My stress level compared to a traditional band, is a lot smaller, and I’m fortunate for that.”
- Album of the Year: Shemekia Copeland Stakes Her Claim Copeland has been a rising star for years that belies her youth as compared to the “old souls” of the blues community. Her debut record dropped twenty years ago, but she won’t turn forty until next year. Her eighth album is this year’s most important record, if not necessarily the best (although it’s close).
- Time-Release: Sunshine Boys Celebrate a New Album—One Year On Sunshine Boys’ CV is the music they make; it’s solid, poppy rock that never rocks too hard or too soft. It’s never too alien to not be groovy and never too familiar to sound like received wisdom.
- Year In Review: Shawn Maxwell’s Dazzling 2020 Chronicle “I came up with the idea of having, instead of an album of tunes, an old-school album where you have to listen to the whole thing.”
- Summer 2020: The Year Without a Summer (After Rasputina) Could a forced sequestration lead to achievements of brilliance this year?
- Ardor for Community: Last Word Quintet’s Album Release Gig Doubles as a Club Benefit The similarity in vocalist Al Day and poet Marc Kelly Smith’s voices gives an illusion of hearing two competing strands of the same restless consciousness.