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Veteran singer-songwriter returns from heart surgery with a new label with a new career high in the form of Prick of the Litter.

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Slice of Life: Sinkane Lives it Up With His Latest Work, ‘Life & Livin It’

Sinkane’s counterintuitive approach to making (and performing) his music forces his roots to show unabashedly in ways that are almost punkishly defiant.

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Freedom in Movement: An Interview With Sarah Bethe Nelson

San Francisco-based songwriter Sarah Bethe Nelson got out of the West Coast's most expensive city and hit the road. The result: a new buoyancy and swagger in her music.

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Sad Suppers: An Interview with Los Campesinos!

From a four-year hiatus to Brexit blues, the new Los Campesinos! album tackles tough subjects but with a quirk-pop smile.

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Brisbane Punks in Transition: An Interview with Dune Rats

Their 420-friendly antics have gotten them barred from Vietnam, but for the Australian stoner-punks in Dune Rats, the good times are just beginning.

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Make It Clear: A Conversation With Feelies’ Co-Founder Glenn Mercer

Glenn Mercer talks about the latest in a long line of releases from The Feelies, In Between.

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There were many hit cover versions in the '80s, some of well-known originals, and some that fans may be surprised are covers.

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From Curtis Mayfield to Neil Simon, the legendary Linda Clifford recalls how she capped the '70s with two full servings of spunk and sophistication.

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Bob Dylan’s work proves not only that he's an autodidact, but also that he understands the importance of structure, form, and tradition in both literature and music.

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Wondering, Maybe: An Interview With Jamie Stewart of Xiu Xiu

"Okay, we'll just go forth and not think about it at all. Hold the hand of the musical universe and see where she takes us."

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Tim Bowness is putting out some of the most inspired music of his career. But on his new solo album, he tells the story of a musician "locked into one point in history".

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