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by Melissa Ann Sweat

22 Sep 2017

On the elusive  yet clearly existential sadness that adds layers and textures to music.

Photo: George Duchannes (courtesy of Melissa Ann Sweat)

I’m just beginning to explore this concept of duende both in art and mythology, but I feel throughout my being that this essence/ spirit/ possession has been with me all the while in the making of my art and music. I realize, now, that it’s also embodied by so many of my favorite musicians.

by Jonathan Frahm

22 Sep 2017

Rising Appalachia create  unifying, renewing live music that blends folk and soul sounds from around the world on their new album, Alive.

Photo: Chad Hess

When sisters Leah and Chloe Smith set out to start a band in 2005, they began with one goal: to preserve roots music. For 12 years now as Rising Appalachia, they’ve been doing just that, melding folk sounds from around the world into interpretations both faithful and contemporary.

by Jonathan Frahm

22 Sep 2017

Spacey alt-rock that  is inspired by "the hologram universe and casinos".

Photo: C. Taylor Crothers

In the midst of the American garage rock scene, we’ve seen several acts in recent years bubble up towards the top of the indie pop radar. Artists like Courtney Barnett and Speedy Ortiz have found repute for their grungey, pop-accessible sounds, and now New York’s Gladshot is following in their contemporaries’ footsteps.

by Sarah Zupko

21 Sep 2017

Lost Bayou Ramblers  keep Cajun traditions alive on their new video for "Allons a Lafayette" as well as a new album, Kalenda, releasing 29 September.

Photo: Zach Smith

Cajun music is alive and well in 2017 thanks to long-time artists like Beausoleil and Zachary Richard, but the scene is made richer by a host of younger musicians and bands bringing this unique Lousiana cultural form to all corners of the globe. Lost Bayou Ramblers is one of those important groups that can perform straight-up traditional Cajun music alongside newer approaches that up the intensity, tempo, and rock ‘n’ roll quotient in the songs and bring in other genre influences.

by Sarah Zupko

21 Sep 2017

Peripatetic musician Jean  Caffeine has worked in punk, rock, and alternative country during her fruitful career and now she shares a new video about the last Sex Pistols gig ever.

Austin’s Jean Caffeine had led an exciting musical life having played drums in the all-woman punk band the Urge back in the ‘70s and drumming for Pulsallama in the ‘80s in New York. Like many of the original punk rock musicians, she has worked in the alternative country arena as well, fronting Jean Caffeine’s All Nite Truckstop.

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"No Dollars in Duende": On Making Uncompromising, Spirited Music

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"On the elusive yet clearly existential sadness that adds layers and textures to music.

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