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Posted November 18, 2015in The Sound

Open letters

There is no other way to really put it: Trans-Siberian Orchestra (TSC) is a weird act. The band’s music is not particularly freaky or outlandish. That is not the kind of weird we are talking about. Instead, the way that TSO has gone about its business has made it one

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Posted November 11, 2015in The Sound

Tales from the road

Martin Sexton — native of Syracuse, New York, and the 10th of 12 Sexton children — has gotten to where he is now in life through a series of battles. Growing up with 11 siblings can make even the most menial of daily tasks into a fight for limited resources.

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Posted November 04, 2015in The Sound

Cash comes full circle

Rosanne Cash has fielded thousands of questions about her father. More appropriately, she has fielded the same four or five questions thousands of times. Everyone wants to know what influence the Man in Black had on her music, on her writing, on her life. So it throws her for a

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Posted October 28, 2015in The Sound

“Alice’s Restaurant” at 50

Woody Guthrie was a legendary voice in American folk music, and he passed on many of those values to his son, Arlo, who has since become one of the most recognizable voices of American protest. He has released 20 studio albums since 1967 but is best known for his debut

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Posted October 21, 2015in The Sound

Can’t fake this

Let’s clear one thing up right off the bat: TobyMac is frequently described as a “Christian rap” artist. He is described that way by fans, in other interviews, even in some of his camp’s own press material. And yes, there was a time — those groundbreaking, wildly successful, slightly cheesy

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Posted October 14, 2015in The Sound

Carpenter’s writing remains vital

Mary Chapin Carpenter started her career in country music, taking home five Grammy Awards and a pair of Female Vocalist of the Year CMA awards for her efforts. But as the 1990s gave way to the early 2000s, Carpenter’s music moved further and further away from those roots and gradually

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Posted October 07, 2015in The Sound

A masterpiece in the works

Soulfly front man Max Cavalera is no stranger to the metal scene. Before Soulfly started in 1997, Cavelera was the vocalist/guitarist for Sepultura, one of the most influential metal acts of the late ’80s and early ’90s. Co-founding that band when he was just 14, Cavalera has been involved in

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Posted September 30, 2015in The Sound

Down with the sickness

Evolution is not always a painless process. It is, however, vital for continued survival and growth. Abisha Uhl, front-woman for Minneapolis-based power pop act Sick of Sarah, has understood that and has been willing to embrace it. In 2010, Uhl and Sick of Sarah became one of the most downloaded

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Posted September 23, 2015in The Sound

Toro! Toro! Toro!

Toro y Moi (Columbia, South Carolina-born Chaz Bundick) is not the kind of guy for whom general labels mean much. In a way, that is good. Bundick is credited as one of the founding fathers of the sound described as “chillwave.” But to look back through Bundick’s catalog — there

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Posted September 16, 2015in The Sound

Buck wild

OK, look. Nobody here is going to try and tell you that Buckcherry is the second coming of Guns N’ Roses. Hell, they are not even the second coming of Velvet Revolver. But the one thing that comes close to redeeming the band in any way is the fact that

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