Music

The misunderstanding of Hobo Johnson

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Watching the video for “Peach Scone,” the one that Sacramento-based band Hobo Johnson and The LoveMakers submitted for the 2018 NPR Tiny Desk Concert,...

David Allan Coe’s stained legacy

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David Allan Coe’s stained legacy When a thing ceases to be a subject of controversy,” wrote William Hazlitt, “it ceases to be a subject of interest.” Apply that maxim to country music legend David Allan Coe, and you’ll get a mixed bag of love and hate. At one ...

Defining the artist inside

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Maybe the greatest subconscious human fear is that life is meaningless, or, as the late guru Alan Watts put it, that life is nothing...

Nicki Bluhm solo

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As a touring musician, Nicki Bluhm is used to spending more than half the year on the road — staying at different hotels in...

The man, the myth, the legend

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Though they were incredibly gifted performers whose music still resonates and whose influences remain readily apparent today, you don’t see bumper stickers reading, “God Bless Janis Joplin.” Or Jimi Hendrix. Or Frank Sinatra. Or Dean Martin. The only such bumper ...

The joy of ‘Constant Sorrow’

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“The Soggy Bottom Boys have been steeped in old-timey material. We’re silly with it.” —Ulysses Everett McGill, O Brother, Where Art Thou? The gig was...

Boulder’s sweetheart gets ‘Sweeter’

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Has anyone here ever been in love?” Dafna Margalit asks a crowd.  It’s 2018, and Margalit, then a senior at Fairview High School, is about...

The dirty 30

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"I think I’m in Raleigh-Durham.” It’s 11 a.m. in North Carolina, but Todd Park Mohr sounds a little tired over the phone. No judgment, though:...

Dave Mason is feelin’ … pretty good

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There aren’t many artists of Dave Mason’s vintage who can escape being defined by their past, and for most them — rockers who came...

Giving Eugene Hütz a headache

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I thought my plan was clever — get Eugene Hütz on the phone and ask him about global politics. The ringleader of the gypsy punk...

The fall

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Adam and Eve may have been duped into eating the forbidden fruit, but Chris Robinson walked right up to the tree of good and...

STFKR’s Josh Hodges muses on identity

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Josh Hodges, architect of indie upstart band STRFKR, isn’t a nobody. So it should come as a surprise to hear he aspires to be...