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Is Duane Allman The Greatest Slide Guitarist Ever?

July 4, 2013 - Certainly fans of current Allman Brothers Band guitarist Derek Trucks might put up an argument, but there is ample evidence on the new box set Skydog: The Duane Allman Retrospective to support believers in the talent of the guitarist who died at the age of 24 in 1971.
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Black Rebel Motorcycle Club Live Among The Bikes At The Harley-Davidson Museum

July 4, 2013 - A special stripped-down session today from Black Rebel Motorcycle Club recorded at the Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee. The band, performing today as a trio, has been together since the 90’s.
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Bobby McFerrin Inspired By His Father’s 1955 Recording On New Album Of Spirituals

July 29, 2013 - Supple-voiced, body-tapping, usually acappella singer Bobby McFerrin has a band with him today to play the music of his new album Spirityouall. The creator of the ubiquitous 1988 hit “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” was inspired to make the album by his father Robert McFerrin’s similar album of spirituals called Deep River.
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Christopher Owens Of Girls: His Solo Album Lysandre Is “A Coming Of Age Story Mixed With Romance”

July 2, 2013 - Christopher Owens who recorded two albums with JR White as Girls has released his first solo album Lysandre. It’s a very personal revealing album and so is his conversation today with The Cafe’s Michaela Majoun.
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Exquisite Live Performances from Sam Beam and Iron & Wine

June 28, 2013 - The new Iron & Wine album "Ghost on Ghost" is the latest in the more full band releases from Sam Beam that started with "The Shepherd’s Dog."
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Tom Jones Sings Blues Gospel and Leonard Cohen on New Album

June 27, 2013 - The greatest singer Wales has ever produced, Tom Jones, has a new album called "Spirit In The Room." It is his second working with Ethan Johns.
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British Singer Laura Mvula’s Conservatory Training Leads To Her Unique Orchestral-Pop Sound

August 26, 2013 - Birmingham based singer Laura Mvula was on the BBC’s Sound of 2013 after releasing just her debut "She" EP last year.
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So, What Has Michael Nesmith Done Post Monkees?

June 25, 2013 - A lot. Today we talk with the tall wooly-hat wearing Monkee Michael Nesmith about his post Monkee career.
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Find Out How KT Tunstall’s Life Intervened Between The Two Sides Of Her New Album

August 5, 2013 - Scottish Singer-Songwriter KT Tunstall travelled to Howe Gelb’s studio in Arizona in the Spring of 2012 to make "Invisible Empire/Crescent Moon."
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José James Challenges Himself With New Album "No Beginning, No End"

June 13, 2013 - José James is originally from Minneapolis and began chasing his jazz vocalist muse at a young age.
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"Ghost Brothers of Darkland County" Combines Talents of Stephen King, John Mellencamp and T Bone Burnett

June 12, 2013 - Stephen King, John Mellencamp and T Bone Burnett’s collaboration on the musical "Ghost Brothers of Darkland County" began 13 years ago.
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Low Cut Connie Bring Their Own Upright Piano And Dive Bar Esthetic

June 11, 2013 - Low Cut Connie are a band based in Philadelphia fronted by piano player Adam Weiner.
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Ireland’s Villagers Back With A New Vision on "Awayland"

June 6, 2013 - Dublin based singer-songwriter Conor O’Brien records under the band-name Villagers.
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Patty Griffin Is Inspired By Her Father’s Passing on "American Kid"

July 8, 3013 - It’s a middle age milestone, dealing with a parents death. Grammy-winning songwriter Patty Griffin turns the experience into songwriting gold on her new album American Kid.
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Parquet Courts Work Really Hard To Sound Like They Don’t!

August 28, 2013 - The nonchalant raw riffage and the perfect off the cuff lyrics. Those are the things that attracted me to Light Up Gold the second full length album from the Brooklyn based band Parquet Courts.
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Madeleine Peyroux Plays Modern Sounds In Country And Western Music Live

June 4, 2013 - Madeleine Peyroux started singing blues and jazz on the street in Paris. Over her career she has released six albums, sold over a million of her second album, Careless Love, and developed a following for her easy-going Billie Holiday tinged sound.
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Is Jamie Lidell Still The “One Man Human Funk Tornado?”

July 1, 2013 - The British producer and singer Jamie Lidell is easily among the funkiest of electronica’s solo practitioners.
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Petula Clark Is Ageless

May 30, 2013 - Petula Clark has a new album, "Lost In You." It’s her first since 2004 and she sounds as great as she always did. Which is only worth noting because she is 80 years old.
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Red Baraat’s Raucous Party Blends Banghra Music With New Orleans and Even Hip Hop

July 15, 2013 - At a Red Baraat show you may not even notice the music you are dancing and madly waving your hands and butt to is kinda sophisticated. The combination of Punjabi Banghra music, New Orleans style jazz, go-go and even hip hop is so seamless and the vibe of the party is so exuberant that barriers fall down.
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Seattle Indie Folk Band Ivan And Alyosha Release Debut "All The Times We Had"

May 28, 2013 - I’m sure that every time Ivan and Alyosha are interviewed they have to talk about Russian Literature. Yes, they started out as a duo of Tim Wilson and Ryan Carbury, but the name came from the characters in The Brothers Karamazov.
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Fitz & The Tantrums Continue To Defy Genres On New Album More Than Just A Dream

May 24, 2013 - The Los Angeles band Fitz & The Tantrums broke through in 2011 with their debut Picking Up The Pieces. The undeniable songs and a truly exciting live set led them to festival appearances that had them called the “hardest working band of Summer 2011.”
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The Two Women Of Boy Find Their Musical Bliss With Debut Mutual Friends

May 23, 2013 - It’s the charm and the openness of the music of the Swiss-German duo Boy that have made their debut album Mutual Friends such a world-wide success.
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Mount Moriah’s Heather McEntire Gets Personal On Second Album Miracle Temple

May 22, 2013 - Mount Moriah are a rock band formed around the duo of guitarist Jenks Miller and singer Heather McEntire in the late 2000s.
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How Sleep Deprivation Helped The National Refine Their Music on "Trouble Will Find Me"

June 17, 2013 - The rise of the career of The Brooklyn based band The National has been slow and steady. Critical kudos begat bigger crowds and sales. But each of the band’s albums have also showed increasing awareness of their strengths as well. In this session we hear how sleep deprivation lead the band to more straightforward songs.
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Glasgow’s Frightened Rabbit Plays Pedestrian Verse Live!

May 17, 2013 - Frightened Rabbit’s Scott Hutchinson has been telling us too much about his love life since the Scottish band’s first album Sing The Greys in 2006.
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