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  • Local Motion: The Linemen

    published May 24, 2006

    With the demise of the Rock House Ramblers last year, a void opened in the local honky-tonk scene, one that the Round-Ups and Diesel Island (as... More >>

  • Crooked Jades

    published May 24, 2006

    The Crooked Jades brandish the slogan "old time is not a crime" like a double-edged sword. On World's on Fire they risk... More >>

  • The Embrace Between

    published May 24, 2006

    It's been nearly five years since stand-up comic and actor Judah Friedlander (American Splendor, The Darwin Awards, Feast)... More >>

  • .38 Special

    published May 17, 2006

    During the Great Southern Rock Scare of the early '80s, .38 Special was as ubiquitous as bandanas and Jack Daniel's, though their wild-eyed... More >>

  • The Tim Carroll Band

    published May 10, 2006

    In a recent mash note to Music City, Bobby Bare Jr. sings, "The greatest living guitar pickers can deliver you a pizza or sell you weed." He... More >>

  • Obscurity Knocks

    published May 10, 2006

    Yo! RFT Raps The latest issue of inBox magazine features reviews of the latest Killa Skillz... More >>

  • The 88

    published May 3, 2006

    If the British Invasion had landed at LAX instead of JFK, the 88 would have disembarked and taken a Magic Bus straight to the nearest... More >>

  • Nuclear Pop Overthrow

    published April 26, 2006

    On the Thursday night of last month's South by Southwest festival, Margot & the Nuclear So and So's, an eight-piece from Indianapolis, squeeze... More >>

  • The Dials

    published April 19, 2006

    The Dials have been the recipients of their fair share of critical confusion. Punk, pop, garage, bubblegum, riot grrrl — the Chicago... More >>

  • Haggard Glory

    published April 19, 2006

    It was January 1, 1958, and Merle Haggard was doing time in San Quentin for the crime of being stupid. A few months before, he and some friends... More >>

  • Eef Barzelay

    published April 12, 2006

    To be clear, "A Special Acoustic Show by Clem Snide" just means Eef Barzelay with a guitar. Publicity strategies aside, the Israel-born,... More >>

  • Toots and the Maytals

    published April 12, 2006

    Bob Marley made better albums, Dennis Brown wrote better songs, and Lee Perry was more visionary. But Toots and the Maytals are reggae's... More >>

  • Dixie Hummingbirds

    published March 29, 2006

    Out of all the great 1940s gospel groups, the Dixie Hummingbirds were the most exhilarating and influential, largely because of baritone... More >>

  • Frog Holler

    published March 22, 2006

    Reading, Pennsylvania's Frog Holler isn't just another alt-country band with a regrettable name, a flannel-and-beard aesthetic and an... More >>

  • Ladysmith Black Mambazo

    published March 15, 2006

    Twenty years ago the sound of Ladysmith Black Mambazo emerged from the slums of South Africa via Paul Simon's Graceland, an album... More >>

  • The Deadstring Brothers

    published March 8, 2006

    Composed of four Detroit amigos and one amiga (harmony singer Marsha Marjieh, who is too good not to sing some lead), the Deadstring... More >>

  • Matthew Ryan/David Mead

    published March 1, 2006

    David Mead's voice is as warm and smooth as sandalwood oil, while Matthew Ryan's vocals are as warm and smooth as No. 2 sandpaper.... More >>

  • Bringing Up Baby

    published March 1, 2006

    At 26 years old, Lillian Berlin, singer and songwriter for the Living Things, has a wife, a one-year-old daughter, a four-star review in... More >>

  • Rodney Crowell

    published February 22, 2006

    In the '80s, Rodney Crowell was a Nashville insider with a Midas touch, writing and producing hits for then-wife Rosanne Cash and charting... More >>

  • Miranda Lambert

    published February 15, 2006

    "Kerosene," the country single of 2005, was written by Miranda Lambert, a 22-year-old former Nashville Star-let who seems to... More >>

  • BR549

    published February 8, 2006

    BR549 know country music's past well enough that they're not doomed to repeat it, a significant achievement for what started out as a retro... More >>

  • Greg Brown

    published February 1, 2006

    Greg Brown's best album, Slant 6 Mind, begins with tense acoustic guitar and millenarian growls: "She's got a slant 6 mind and a... More >>

  • Punch-Drunk Love

    published January 25, 2006

    When contemplating the potential for disaster when recording her fifth solo album, The Forgotten Arm, Aimee Mann must have channeled her... More >>

  • Stacey Earle and Mark Stuart

    published January 18, 2006

    With a voice somewhere between Janis Ian's diffident warmth and Nanci Griffith's hillbilly twee, Stacey Earle grabs her guitar-slinging... More >>

  • Get Thee to a Winery

    published January 18, 2006

    No Orleans Grayson Capps grew up in Alabama, moved to New Orleans to study acting, formed the... More >>

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