At the start of his latest tour of Europe, David Gray speaks with PopMatters about his 11th solo album, writing to avoid the obvious, finding the perfect collaborator, and how to avoid "crowing on like a middle-aged man".
Sharon Van Etten has more than "musician" listed on her résumé after releasing her fifth full-length studio album in January. Raising her young son, touring, and acting have her plate piled high, but who knows what this mother of reinvention will do next.
The late singer/songwriter Valerie Carter, whose unmistakable voice appeared on hundreds of albums over several decades, is eulogised by her close friend, Kathy Kurasch, in a new, posthumous collection. Kurasch tells us Carter's story.