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Josh Ritter Features on Revival Themed 'Live From Here'

A recent Live From Here with Chris Thile included guests Gaby Moreno, Cécile McLorin Salvant, Josh Ritter, and some current names on Broadway.

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Chris Thile and Brad Mehldau: Chris Thile and Brad Mehldau

Thile and Mehldau make a pretty great duo, but it’s also an idiosyncratic one. For the most part this album feels like Thile is playing around in Mehldau’s jazz-oriented world.

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Punch Brothers Pack a Punch in Tucson, AZ - 13 April 2015

Punch Brothers proved to the crowd at Tuscon just why they're one of the most celebrated bands in modern bluegrass.

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Punch Brothers: The Phosphorescent Blues

This is another triumph for Punch Brothers, who continue to find a balance between catchiness and esoteria.

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Various Artists: Red Hot + Bach

Red Hot + Bach can be intoxicatingly musical. It can also be the direct opposite.

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An Honest Liar: An Interview with Nickel Creek's Sean Watkins

PopMatters catches up with Sean Watkins during one of his busiest years as a musician yet, which finds him touring with Nickel Creek, recording with Tom Brosseau, and releasing his new solo record, All I Do Is Lie.

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Telluride 2014: The Hills Are Alive With the Sound of Mandolins

In 2014, Telluride is the perfect encapsulation of where it has been and where it is going to be in the future.

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Nickel Creek: A Dotted Line

For its first album in nine years, Nickel Creek tames down the displays of virtuosity that defined much of their previous albums, offering up a more pastoral take on their otherwise “newgrass" take on bluegrass.

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Noam Pikelny: Plays Kenny Baker Plays Bill Monroe

In a world full of artists jumping on the roots music bandwagon, this is about as honest and heartfelt as it gets.

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Ten Great Cover Singers

Though this may be the time of year when cloying pop covers of Christmas songs are picked up from far too many supermarket checkout lines, let it not sour you on all covers completely. The ten artists listed herein are laudable exemplars of how to make the cover version an artform all its own.

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Telluride Bluegrass Festival: 21 June 2012 (Day 1)

Mandolin wars, fire on the mountain, Levon love, and John Fogerty: The 39th Annual Telluride Bluegrass Festival brings the heat in Colorado.

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Punch Brothers: 17 April 2012 - Lexington, KY

Never mind what the group appears to be, as their style transcends the limits of instrumental preferences.

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No Concern of Yours: An Interview with Punch Brothers

He's been in Grammy-winning bands, has worked with some of the best producers in the world, has a documentary coming out about him, and more -- but Chris Thile still doesn't see what the big fuss is about.

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CMJ 2009: Day 4 - Punch Brothers + Holly Miranda + Cymbals Eat Guitars

The CMJ Music Marathon and Film Festival invades New York City this week. Here's the latest from PopMatters' writers on the beat.

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Sara Watkins: Sara Watkins

Nickel Creek's fiddler steps out on her own with her John Paul Jones-produced self-titled debut. It's a laid-back album that wisely focuses on her voice and her violin.

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Chris Thile + Brad Mehldau

With just his mandolin for company, Chris Thile's set included the expected folk tunes, some originals, and a sprinkling of the classical pieces that he found influential.

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Nickel Creek: Reasons Why

Tasty tracks from three spectacular newgrass albums, plus videos and live music.

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Chris Thile: How to Grow a Woman From the Ground

The Nickel Creek front man and mandolin marvel drops back for a relatively traditional bluegrass date, featuring other young hotshots and a couple of modern rock covers with a Kentucky tinge.

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