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10 to Spin | Anaïs Mitchell

I never laughed so loud I never laughed so loud I never laughed so loud Think I’m coming down Anaïs Mitchell’s “Coming Down” got us pretty good a couple months ago (like, flood of tears good). Such a simple song, but does it get more emotional? You tell us. You can find “Coming Down” on … Read more

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Book Review | Neil Young – Waging Heavy Peace

I’ve told this story before, but now seems like a good time to revisit. I met Neil Young with my sister in 1999 at the Fox Theatre in St. Louis, after one of his solo acoustic shows. Since we had been sitting in the orchestra pit that night, we were invited to a Bridge School … Read more

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Jam of the Day | The Men – Open Your Heart

Once referred to ironically as “Thurston Moore & the E Street Band,”  The Men have never played by categorical rules. Instead, over the last three years, this band has dabbled in everything from hardcore punk, to psych, to black metal. And they have done it all effortlessly, and for the most part, completely flawlessly. Our … Read more

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10 to Spin | Ha Ha Tonka

Photo by Todd Roeth No, we’re never gonna have much Myself I’d take such  as a compliment We can blame it on the circumstances Oh, at least we took the chances we had to Why we’re attracted to a certain song, a certain album, or a certain band is a mystery. I really do believe … Read more

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10 to Spin | Elizabeth & the Catapult

When Elizabeth Ziman of Elizabeth & the Catapult responded back with her 10 to Spin playlist, our first one of 2012, her theme of “Awesome Broken Voices” intrigued me. I started listening to Ziman’s voice back in 2010 when we featured “Go Away My Lover,” taken from her 2010 album, The Other Side of Zero, … Read more

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10 to Spin | Abigail Washburn

Earlier this year, Abigail Washburn hit us hard with her second solo album called City of Refuge; it’s been called a “a sublime marriage of old-time and indie-pop,” and rightfully so – it was recorded with a new cast of characters, including My Morning Jacket’s Carl Broemel  and The Decemberists’ Chris Funk. It certainly takes … Read more

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Margo Timmins of Cowboy Junkies (The Extended Interview)

I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Margo Timmins a few times, but there was one conversation that really stood out. It was a few years ago, at The Sheldon in Saint Louis. She and the Cowboy Junkies had just finished their sold-out show. They had played most of Trinity Session, and even covered Neil Young’s … Read more

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10 to Spin | James Vincent McMorrow

A couple of weeks ago, we introduced you to Irish born singer-songwriter James Vincent McMorrow and his impeccable single, “If I Had a Boat.” McMorrow’s debut record, Early in the Morning, will be released here in the U.S. tomorrow on Vagrant Records. We were able to catch up with James as he prepares for a … Read more

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Jam of the Day | Stars – We Don’t Want Your Body

I saw Stars in concert several years ago in a cramped basement venue that reeked of B.O. It was a weird show; the ethereal quality of the band’s indie pop battled against the dark underground, the small space, the unpleasant smell. But when it played its breakthrough hit “Your Ex-Lover Is Dead” (huge at the time, … Read more