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The 20 Best Sad Bastard Songs of 2012

That, my friends, must be the saddest album cover of 2012. And Glen Hansard: I love you, man, but you’re a sad bastard. And so am I. But let me clarify: sad music makes me happy. I have heard your calls to not listen to sad music when I am down. But I ask you … Read more

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Kathleen Edwards (The Extended Interview)

Photo by Steve Gerrard I was feeling so lost for so long I didn’t know what to do It was 2008 at Blueberry Hill’s Duck Room in Saint Louis, and Kathleen Edwards and her band had just finished playing her songs with such fire, such enjoyment that, really, she sounded nothing like she did on … Read more

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Our 25 Most Anticipated Albums (Quarter One)

Album art for The Big Pink’s upcoming Future This Wow. 2011 was a helluva year for music. But, then again, so was 2010. Today, we feel ready to begin it all again (on our second birthday, no less!) with a batch of new records coming our way in January, February, and March. Here’s the 25 … Read more

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MP3 | Kathleen Edwards – Change the Sheets

Photo by Justin Vernon “Margaritas and sleeping pills.” Holy awesome, is it great to hear Kathleen Edwards’ voice again. I am beyond excited to see her on Sunday at The Pageant, where she’ll be opening for Bon Iver. “Change the Sheets,” which I’m hoping she’ll play this weekend, is taken from her upcoming album, Voyageur, … Read more

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10 to Spin | Clare Burson

Photo Credit: Erica Beckman Sometimes I think of how life must have been for you here What life could have been like for you here What life should have been like here with you On November 9th, 1938, Clare Burson’s grandmother, Helga Rabinowitsch, left Leipzig, Germany, for the United States. Rabinowitsch fled moments before the … Read more

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Album Review | Neil Young – Le Noise

Speakers Rating: 93/100 When I hear the words “experiment” and “Neil Young” in the same sentence, my mind drifts ever so slightly. I think of all the times the Canadian artist has challenged my thoughts, my actions, and why I love music in the first place. Experimenting on a Young album might mean that he’s … Read more

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Pajammy Jam of the Day | Beth Bombara – Lately

Photo Credit: Jon Gitchoff “And lately you don’t make sense to me.” I can’t stop listening to this song from singer-songwriter and fellow Saint Louisan, Beth Bombara. There’s something about it that makes me think of my favorite albums I like to play in the fall. Albums like Neko Case’s Furnace Room Lullaby and Kathleen … Read more

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Sarah Jaffe (The Interview)

At times during Sarah Jaffe’s stellar debut album, Suburban Nature, you’re left wondering how the singer-songwriter from Texas is only 24. Her voice, as alluring as it is, isn’t as sweet as it is loud and confident; the subjects she sings about echo a younger Kathleen Edwards, only just as fierce. And it only took … Read more