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Thursday, January 14, 2016

HoneyHoney survives major label woes by Tom Lanham

Two years ago, things were not going too well for folk-rock duo HoneyHoney. After two initially promising record deals fell apart, Benjamin Jaffe and Suzanne Santo were struggling to complet…

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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Oh Wonder monitors sleep making catchy dream pop by Tom Lanham

Josephine Vander Gucht is not a hypnologist. But with Anthony West, her partner in the British dream-pop duo Oh Wonder, she has compiled enough research on sleep and its rejuvenating » …

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Thursday, January 7, 2016

Troubadour Peter Case remembers S.F. in the 1970s by Tom Lanham

Erudite ex-Nerves/Plimsouls anchor Peter Case, whose great new solo recording is called “Hwy 62,” also is the author of a scrappy autobiography, 2007’s “As Far As You Can Get Without…

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Thursday, December 31, 2015

Ten musical acts to check out in 2016 by Tom Lanham

Musically, 2016 seems like it will kick off with a bang, beginning with the long-awaited release of “Leave Me Alone,” the jagged, jangling debut from Spanish all-girl quartet Hinds (form…

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2015’s top albums by Tom Lanham

Remove Adele from the equation, and 2015 was a rather uneventful year in music. Taylor Swift still reigned supreme over everything, on a sweeping tour that included a cavalcade of » The…

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Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Reunited 1990s alt-rockers Luna resume New Year’s concert tradition by Tom Lanham

In 1998, Dean Wareham’s alt-rock outfit Luna started a tradition of playing New Year’s Eve concerts, which ended with the band’s splintering in 2005. He and his wife Britta Phillips &#…

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Thursday, December 24, 2015

Concrete Blonde’s Johnette Napolitano enjoys life with animals by Tom Lanham

Concrete Blonde mainstay Johnette Napolitano tracked her latest self-released solo effort “The Naked Album” in her secluded cabin in the Mojave desert. For skeletal, bluesy new numbers l…

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Thursday, December 17, 2015

18-year-old folk rocker Grace Mitchell serious about making music by Tom Lanham

Portland-raised artist Grace Mitchell quietly celebrated her 18th birthday in August by having dinner with a good friend at a restaurant in Hollywood, a city she has been visiting since …

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UK’s Swim Deep making its way across the world by Tom Lanham

In England, alt-rock combo Swim Deep has issued two critically lauded albums — 2013’s “Where the Heaven Are We” and this year’s more adventurous “Mothers” — and has been hail…

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Monday, December 14, 2015

Cancer won’t stop X’s Billy Zoom by Tom Lanham

His bandmates in X are calling it their own “X-mas miracle.” It’s hard to downplay the triumphant stage return of founding guitarist Billy Zoom, who was sidelined this summer by »…

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Thursday, December 10, 2015

X Ambassadors tell cinematic stories in song by Tom Lanham

As a child, X Ambassadors bandleader Sam Harris was an extra in Ridley Scott’s “Gladiator,” and he even got to meet Scott and star Russell Crowe, thanks to his father » The post X…

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Sunday, December 6, 2015

Chris Isaak a man of many voices by Tom Lanham

Bay Area rockabilly revivalist Chris Isaak is proud of his latest release, “First Comes the Night,” which he recorded mostly in Nashville with country producers Dave Cobb and Paul Worley…

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Thursday, December 3, 2015

Aimee Mann, pals back with fun holiday revue by Tom Lanham

Singer-songwriter Aimee Mann can’t remember who first suggested the concept of an annual Christmas tour eight years ago. But it started as a little joke that quickly grew into a » The…

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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Kaleo rockers inspired by Iceland’s unique landscape by Tom Lanham

The members of Icelandic outfit alt-rock outfit Kaleo experienced culture shock when they recently moved (on four-year visas) to Austin, Texas to track their forthcoming debut album with pro…

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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

PiL’s John Lydon is a survivor by Tom Lanham

John Lydon of Public Image Limited painted the cover of his 10th album “What the World Needs Now…” with a picture of a harlequin-attired fool inspired by a traditional Hopi » The …

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Country crooner Nikki Lane knows fashion by Tom Lanham

When it comes to official tour merchandise, few artists can match the swag of Nashville renegade Nikki Lane. She parlayed a World War II-era fighter-pilot’s patch – featuring a Posada-st…

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Thursday, November 19, 2015

At long last, JoJo’s back in action by Tom Lanham

Formerly missing-in-action pop-R&B stylist JoJo has essentially finished, but not yet released, her long-awaited third album. In the meantime, the singer (born Joanna Levesque) has issu…

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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Honest, sad feelings permeate Boy & Bear’s ‘Limit of Love’ by Tom Lanham

Boy & Bear bandleader Dave Hosking believes artists should write what they know, so he followed his gut instinct when composing the Aussie outfit’s new third album, “Limit of Love,…

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Monday, November 16, 2015

Cult takes on spirituality in ‘Hidden City’ by Tom Lanham

It’s been three decades since British outfit The Cult released its landmark Goth-chiming “Love.” But the band isn’t living in the past. Its upcoming “Hidden City” is one of its &…

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Thursday, November 12, 2015

Charlatans’ Tim Burgess finds success a second time by Tom Lanham

Sometimes hitting rock bottom can be a blessing in disguise, as was the case with Charlatans UK bandleader Tim Burgess, who wa penniless when he returned to his native England » The pos…

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Paper Kites make new recording on night shift by Tom Lanham

Australian singer Sam Bentley reluctantly admits he still lives at home with his folks in Melbourne, even though his ethereal folk-rock outfit The Paper Kites has released two critically-acc…

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Saturday, November 7, 2015

Art of all kinds inspires songstress Ryn Weaver by Tom Lanham

Ryn Weaver broke out with the 2014 viral hit “OctaHate.” It’s been a long, serpentine trip for San Diego-bred singer Ryn Weaver, who issued her charming debut “The Fool” this »…

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Thursday, November 5, 2015

Jeff Daniels sings self-penned folk tunes by Tom Lanham

Actor Jeff Daniels has won an Emmy for his shrewd performance as news anchor Will McAvoy in HBO’s Aaron-Sorkin-scripted “The Newsroom,” and throughout his four-decade-long film and Bro…

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Monday, November 2, 2015

Magic-minded Josh Groban takes on show tunes by Tom Lanham

In his parallel life as an actor, operatic-timbred vocalist Josh Groban never shies away from zany roles. He played Miss Piggy’s love interest on a recent episode of TV’s reboot » T…

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Thursday, October 29, 2015

Pop song stockpile leads to Powers by Tom Lanham

Sometimes musicians need a little outside affirmation to convince them that they have a band. Producer-multi-instrumentalist Mike Del Rio, employed by Alex Da Kid, was sculpting pop songs fo…

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Joe Jonas breaks out with DNCE by Tom Lanham

With his family band The Jonas Brothers, Joe Jonas had a Disney Channel series and sold over 17 million albums. So he found it frustrating and confusing when his 2011 » The post Joe Jon…

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Friday, October 23, 2015

When Neil Young calls, Nils Lofgren answers by Tom Lanham

Singer-songwriter Nils Lofgren enjoys keeping up with his old pals. A few years ago, driving through his new hometown in Arizona, his cellular rang. It was his former employer Neil » Th…

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Thursday, October 22, 2015

Girlpool musicians thrive on intensity by Tom Lanham

Roches-rustic outfit Girlpool – guitarist-vocalist Cleo Tucker and bassist-vocalist Harmony Tividad – didn’t set out to track their debut “Before the World Was Big” as a drum-less …

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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Florence Welch breaks through a breakdown period by Tom Lanham

In America, British singer Florence Welch has become well-known not just for her elegiac music, but for her chic-designer-empowered fashion sense that has landed her in magazines in both “…

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Iris DeMent finds inspiration in Russian poetry by Tom Lanham

In 2012, an artistic collaboration was the last thing on Iowa-based folksinger Iris DeMent’s mind. She was busily recording, then touring behind, “Sing the Delta,” her first album of o…

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Sunday, October 18, 2015

Bully’s Alicia Bognanno knows sound by Tom Lanham

On tour with her rock quartet Bully, bandleader Alicia Bognanno follows a code that’s her own spin on the Golden Rule: “Always be nice to other people and treat them » The post Bull…

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