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[PHOTOS] Ryan Adams + Jillian Jacqueline at The Pageant in St. Louis

ALL PHOTOS BY JASON GONULSEN Ryan Adams returned to The Pageant in St. Louis last week, playing songs from his latest album, Prisoner, in addition to older material like “Come Pick Me Up,” “To Be Young,” and “Let It Ride.” Jillian Jacqueline opened the show, and closed with her single, “Hate Me.” Jillian Jacqueline

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[ALBUM REVIEW] Ryan Adams – Prisoner

Broken mirror and my hand starts to bleed Wish I could explain but it hurts to breathe Didn’t fit in my chest so I wore it on my sleeve We disappear, we fade away I’m divorced. And while I haven’t given up on love, I’ve taken a break, if that’s at all possible. At least … Read more

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[LISTEN] Ryan Adams – Doomsday

PHOTO BY NOAH ABRAMS Can you stand and face your fears, my love? I will for you Ryan Adams’ new album, Prisoner, is due February 17 via Pax-Am/Blue Note, and today we’ve been given another taste. This one’s titled “Doomsday,” complete with yearning harmonica reminiscent of songs like “Firecracker” and “Desire.” Classic RA, if you … Read more

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Forecastle Festival: Five Moments

ALL PHOTOS BY JASON GONULSEN Five moments. That’s misleading, of course. Forecastle is filled with them, and the fans are the life blood that power the show that always must go on. This is a music festival that doesn’t feel VIP-ish. I’ve never felt more comfortable eating a corn dog and tater tots with a … Read more

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The 10 Best Sad Bastard Songs of 2015

Welcome to our favorite Speakers in Code list of the year. The 10 Best Sad Bastard Songs of 2015. It’s our highest honor. In years past (2012, 2013, 2014), we’ve chosen 20 songs, but this year we’re trimming the sad. And this year, I wrote about every song. You can listen to each individually below, … Read more

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Happy Birthday, Ryan Adams

Photo by Jason Gonulsen Happy birthday, Ryan Adams. Here are five songs that we love dearly. Love, Speakers in Code Gracie From the III/IV post-Cardinals breakup album, Adams wrote this for his dog, Gracie. “You’re in my heart and you’re in my soul, but I gotta let you go…” Rock N Roll It doesn’t rock, … Read more

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Album Review | Ryan Adams – 1989

Tossing, turning, struggled through the night with someone new And I could go on and on, on and on Lantern burning, flickering in my mind for only you But you are still gone, gone I was a hater. Not of Ryan Adams, but of Taylor Swift — and I was the worst kind: I hated … Read more

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Ryan Adams / Taylor Swift Update Volume 2 Featuring “I Know Places” and “Wildest Dreams”

Because it’s Friday, and you needed another Ryan Adams / Taylor Swift update! Guitar coda of “I Know Places” … Well, the beginning part anyway #1989 @taylorswift13 pic.twitter.com/C0nhDp68GP — Ryan Adams (@TheRyanAdams) August 14, 2015 “I Know Places” #1989 Another rad taylorswift jam. Having killer times w cstavish @totally_tod &… https://t.co/yNr1Uwl5ID — Ryan Adams (@TheRyanAdams) … Read more

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Ryan Adams Covering Taylor Swift’s ‘1989’ Update

PHOTO BY JASON GONULSEN To keep all you Ryan Adams fans updated. Happy Friday! Shake it off. Just finished. Spooky It sounds like it could have been in True Detective in a driving scene or smthng. pic.twitter.com/VwsrrZttQm — Ryan Adams (@TheRyanAdams) August 7, 2015 “All You Had To Do Was Stay” as heard on the … Read more

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Photos + Words | Ryan Adams with Natalie Prass

Ryan Adams | All photos by Kristen Abigail The much awaited Ryan Adams tour hit the Ryman last night for night one out of two sold-out shows full of nostalgia and moments that Nashville will not forget anytime soon. The charming and sweet Natalie Prass opened the evening with a few surprises up her sleeve. … Read more

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Video | Ryan Adams – Gimme Something Good (Acoustic)

Photo by Jason Gonulsen All my life been shaking wanting something Holding everything I have like it was broken Ryan Adams played an acoustic, dark version of “Gimme Something Good” on the Late Late Show last night. Don Was performed on bass and Judd Apatow guest-hosted the show. Adams will resume his tour in February.

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The 20 Best Sad Bastard Songs of 2014

It’s time to get sad. Well, you don’t really have to get sad. There is hope here, just take the album cover shown above for Damien Rice’s My Favourite Faded Fantasy (what a sad bastard title that is!). The poor chaps at the top have “made it,” although they have nowhere to go. I’d like … Read more