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The WIZARD Remains a True Star Wednesday, May 17
The best place to find Todd Rundgren on the popular music radar is on the outer screen, or out of sight completely. Since 1970, Rundgren has released a series of albums that continue to be potent, …
SWING Driver Wednesday, May 17
In the state of Texas, Bob Wills is a legitimate king. Eighty long years ago, he and His Texas Playboys willed Western swing into being by combining elegant big-band jazz, hillbilly country, …
They'll CRY if they Want To Wednesday, April 5
If you’re a fan of raw, visceral blues-rock, it might seem like husband-and-wife duos are everywhere. In this day and age, though, none are firing on as many cylinders as Charleston, South …
Down-Tune DUVAL Wednesday, February 22
Metal, when done right, is like chocolate mint, the Grateful Dead, and even war. There is no in between and when you’re “all in,” you invariably stay in. Metal is the true music of …
Run a Google search on "The Growlers interview" and you'll find scores of similar results: Stories with headlines like, "It's Impossible to Interview The Growlers," ledes like, "I tried 10 times to connect with The Growlers," and some version of "Brooks Nielsen and I were this close to chatting!" The last example is all mine-The Growlers' lead singer and I traded a series of phone calls, text messages and smoke signals last week, even presumably …
Behind the ROKENROL Curtain Wednesday, March 8
Call it Siberian surf rock, Baltic rockabilly, Ukrainian reggae, or a disco-fueled rejuvenation of Russian folk music-there's no resisting the primal power of Igor & The Red Elvises' music. Frenetic and catchy, ferocious and crowd-pleasing, the unique blend was …
Benjamin PUNK Buttons Wednesday, March 1
After World War II, youth culture in America was in rebellion. Rock 'n' roll, fast cars, casual dress, surfing and other principles of recalcitrance were all established during this era. Still, there was an understood endpoint to the period in which …
NOW We Know Wednesday, April 5
Two years ago, in these esteemed pages, longtime Folio Weekly scribe Arvid Smith penned a piece, “What We Will Never Know About Leo Kottke.” After scrambling through the usual gantlet of …
¡Viva La REVOLUCIÓN! Wednesday, March 8
At this point in the great American experiment, it's clear that some kind of revolution is coming. What it looks like, which side of the political aisle it comes from, and how it plays out are …
The Blue TROUBADOUR Wednesday, March 1
The music and style of Memphis-born singer-songwriter Branan is as mercurial and inscrutable as his hometown. Labels like alt-country, rock and folk all seem to apply, until Branan releases another …