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JL Stiles – House of Murmurs (2013)

JL Stiles comes out of a blues-playing tradition, but he moves far afield of anything so straight-forward on House of Murmurs, a layered, connective album that can’t be anchored to any one specific genre.

Scott Ramminger, with George Porter Jr., others – Advice from a Father to a Son (2013)

Singing with a hound-dog salaciousness, and playing sax with a squalling soulfulness, Advice from a Father to a Son has a funky-cool Carnival-time vibe anyway. Then Scott Ramminger goes and adds some of New Orleans’ best sidemen

Lisa Germano – No Elephants (2013)

Lisa Germano’s spare fragility, her whispery confidentiality, would come off as too precious if she didn’t pay such great attention to the craftsmanship of her writing. Instead, her new album has enough trenchant, note-perfect images to fill a good-sized lit mag

‘The loamy voiced, rhythmic heart of the Band': Recalling five of Levon Helm’s most stirring moments

‘The loamy voiced, rhythmic heart of the Band': Recalling five of Levon Helm’s most stirring moments

Sunday gives us another chance to remember Levon Helm, as Elton John, Mavis Staples and others pay tribute to the rail-jumping, loamy voiced, rhythmic heart of the Band during the annual Grammy awards.

On Second Thought: Richard Thompson – Electric (2013)

On Second Thought: Richard Thompson – Electric (2013)

Back when I compiled my “Best” Guitarists list, my hope was to reframe the discussion, making people see that there are different ways of evaluating talent. The good news is that most folks seemed to get the idea.

Poppy Ackroyd – Escapement (2013)

With Escapement, London-based composer and performer Poppy Ackroyd provides a moving, immersive experience using little more than the bare necessities.

Lisa Richards – Beating of the Sun (2013)

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zVy-2U0bdls&w=560&h=315] Originally from the Northeast coast of Australia and now calling Texas her home, singer-songwriter Lisa Richards uncorks a bottle of confidence and darkness on Beating of the Sun.

Shows I’ll Never Forget: Wilco and Calexico, Nov. 20, 2004

Tempe, Arizona: Wilco brought its amazing conglomerate of musicians to Tempe’s Marquee Theatre in support of the terrific A ghost is born, with the equally talented, although unfairly publicly ignored opening act Calexico.

The Mavericks – In Time (2013)

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NhGJS_oHLSI&w=500&h=305] There was a news item making the internet rounds last summer that, by September 2012, the Mavericks were going to release In Time, their first studio album of new material since 2003’s self-titled effort. Well, September came and went

Exclusive stream: Lisa Germano, “… And So On” from No Elephants (2013)

Often appearing on small labels with distribution problems, Lisa Germano hasn’t had as much luck as a solo artist as she has as a first-call fiddling side person. Her forthcoming release No Elephants makes the case for seeking her out again.