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Music Interviews
1:58 pm
Thu July 30, 2015

Jason Isbell Has Conquered Fear, But He's Still Learning About Himself

Jason Isbell's new album, Something More Than Free, comes as he's preparing to be a father.
David McClister Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 3:24 pm

Jason Isbell is riding high this week: His new album Something More Than Free is number one on Billboard's country, rock and folk charts. The musician from rural Alabama got his start with the Southern rock band Drive-By Truckers, and then went solo. For the past few years, he's been sober, after drinking brought him "close to the point of no return."

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KRCB Concerts in the Garden at Chroma Gallery
1:23 pm
Thu July 30, 2015

An Intimate Concert of Americana: Kevin Russell and His So-Called Friends, August 15

Kevin Russell and his So-Called Friends

The next KRCB Concert in the Garden at Chroma Gallery features local band Kevin Russell and His So-Called Friends.  According to the North Bay Bohemian, "Kevin and Friends will play an eclectic blend of acoustic music; Americana, swing jazz, folk, country, bluegrass and even a little acoustic rock. Each genre of music is played with a modern sensibility using the typical bluegrass instrumentation of mandolin, dobro, guitar, string bass and 5-string banjo. In addition to creating lively new versions of old songs, the band also features engaging original compositions."

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Music
12:55 pm
Thu July 30, 2015

Buddy Emmons, The Pedal-Steel Guitarist Who 'Taught Everybody To Play,' Has Died

Buddy Emmons as a member of Ernest Tubb's Texas Troubadours, circa 1962.
Elmer Williams Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 3:24 pm

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Deceptive Cadence
5:03 am
Thu July 30, 2015

Sound Design: The Art Of The Album Cover

Denise Burt's album cover designs are as cutting-edge as the music they represent.
Denise Burt Dacapo

Calling all design geeks and fans of cool album art! Check out this thing we made.

It tells the story of graphic designer Denise Burt and her album covers. Read about her process, see the art — and hear the music that inspired her.

Shortly after Burt moved to Copenhagen in 2000, she landed a job creating album covers for Denmark's Dacapo Records. Trouble was, she didn't know a thing about the contemporary classical music the label specialized in.

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Music Interviews
1:55 am
Thu July 30, 2015

Through Doubt And Dark Times, Joss Stone Lets Her Voice Light The Way

Joss Stone's new album, Water For Your Soul, is out July 31.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri July 31, 2015 9:21 am

Joss Stone's voice first stunned listeners more than a decade ago. The British singer was only 14 years old then, but her booming, soulful voice got noticed, as did her knack for taking success in stride. At age 28, she hasn't stopped: Stone's newest album, Water for Your Soul, comes out this Friday.

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First Listen
8:01 pm
Wed July 29, 2015

First Listen: Night Beds, 'Ivywild'

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First Listen
8:00 pm
Wed July 29, 2015

First Listen: Chelsea Wolfe, 'Abyss'

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First Listen
8:00 pm
Wed July 29, 2015

First Listen: HEALTH, 'Death Magic'

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First Listen
8:00 pm
Wed July 29, 2015

First Listen: Worriers, 'Imaginary Life'

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First Listen
8:00 pm
Wed July 29, 2015

First Listen: La Luz, 'Weirdo Shrine'

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