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Thursday, April 12,2012

Songs for songwriters

How the Counting Crows decided which tunes to put on their new album of covers

By Alan Sculley
The Counting Crows’ new CD of cover tunes, Underwater Sunshine (Or What We Did On Our Summer Vacation) is not that kind of album. The songs the band covers don’t come from any certain genre or era. So it isn’t about helping fans understand the musical influences that shaped the Bay-area group.
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Thursday, March 1,2012

With parenthood comes perspective

Ani DiFranco still has opinions and wants to tell you them

By Alan Sculley
One of the real changes in how Ani DiFranco approaches live performing these days may be something she does while not performing. But rest assured, DiFranco indicated during a recent phone interview that it’s making a difference in her concerts.
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Thursday, February 9,2012

moe. money, fewer problems

After almost a decade of self-release, moe. signs a deal

By Alan Sculley
These days, it’s become common for groups, especially in the rock genre, to start their own record labels and handle their own distribution and promotion. And here is moe., having released all but two of its previous 10 studio CDs on its own label, teaming up with a record company for a new CD, 'Whatever Happened to the La Las.'
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Thursday, January 19,2012

Rhapsody in Tweedy

Wilco’s latest album a collective effort

By Alan Sculley
Over the course of Wilco’s seven previous studio albums, singer/guitarist Jeff Tweedy has been viewed as the musical brains behind the critically acclaimed band. But one thing that is immediately apparent in talking to Wilco guitarist Nels Cline is that, as much as Tweedy is bandleader and songwriter, other voices are being heard on the group’s album.
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Thursday, October 13,2011

Revisiting a classic

Roger Daltrey thinks 'Tommy' stands the test of time

By Alan Sculley
The Who’s rock opera Tommy is now more than 40 years old. But one won’t hear Who singer Roger Daltrey accepting the notion that this piece of music, or for that matter, Who music in general, is something that falls into the realm of nostalgia or oldies.
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Thursday, September 1,2011

Good times for My Chemical Romance

The once-emo band is happier than ever after CD release

By Alan Sculley
In a way, the huge achievement that was The Black Parade CD and tour almost caused the guys in My Chemical Romance to forget who they are as a band.
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Thursday, July 28,2011

Frizzle frying up something new

Original drummer Jay Lane joins Primus for new album

By Alan Sculley
One thing fans can count on with the current Primus tour (with original drummer Jay Lane on board and a new CD on the way) is it won’t be a nostalgia trip.
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Thursday, July 14,2011

Divorce, new beginnings and music

Former husband-wife duo The Rosebuds find inspiration in separation

By Alan Sculley
Kelly Crisp talks of Loud Planes Fly Low, the recently released CD she made with her musical partner in The Rosebuds, Ivan Howard, as if it’s the duo’s first album all over again. “It made us feel new, like we had pressed reset,” she says.
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Thursday, May 12,2011

Black Wylde

Black Label Society’s Zakk Wylde on Ozzy, sobriety and playing live

By Alan Sculley
Wylde had recovered from a 2009 bout with serious blood clots, quit drinking (as part of his blood clot treatment regimen) and been dismissed as Ozzy Osbourne's primary songwriting collaborator and guitarist. Plus, for the first time, Wylde had his own studio in which to record Order of the Black.
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Thursday, March 24,2011

Do-it-yourself album

Helmet’s Page Hamilton still challenging himself

By Alan Sculley
'I was exhausted after almost 10 years of a run, the same dudes. I went down to New Orleans, and Trent [Reznor of Nine Inch Nails] had this great studio down there and they put me up and taught me how to use the computers,' Hamilton says. 'I said, "Yeah, I don't need the guitar."'
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