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At this writing, Glen Campbell is taking his Farewell Tour. This is not one of those concert tours by a celebrity announcing retirement yet again; rather, it’s Campbell taking a valedictory lap around the country before the ravages of Alzheimer’s disease rob him entirely of his gifts. Reviews of these shows note the occasional stumbles, but also make mention of the standing ovations, Campbell’s still-unerring guitar work, and the fact that this is a man who doesn’t need to make new fans – he needs to say good-bye in style, and he’s doing exactly that. Continue reading »

Singer-songwriter and musician Rickie Lee Jones has spent nearly 35 years carving a unique path that has blended rock, pop, blues, R&B, and jazz. From her early success with the hit 1979 song  ”Chuck E’s in Love” to the 2000s where she experimented with beats, loops and spoken word, Jones is the embodiment of the evolving artist. Her latest effort, The Devil You Know is a collection of covers of classic rock tracks that read as a greatest hits list. Continue reading »

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Periodically, Wavves’ Nathan Williams gets high and records covers for Twitter. Last time it was Sonic Youth; this time it’s the Misfits. The song is “Hybrid Moments” and the length, not coincidentally, is 1:38.
MP3: Wavves – Hybrid Moments (The Misfits cover) Continue reading »

After listening to The Avett Brothers for several years and pining to see them live, I had the immense pleasure of seeing them twice this year—at Coachella and the Winnipeg Folk Festival. I’d heard that their live show was something to behold, but their high energy performance and the amped-up crowds that seemed to consist of legions of swooning girls blew me away. My only complaint: the shortened festival setlist didn’t allow them time for covers.

The folks over at Crackerfarm have helped to ease my pain by posting the brothers collectively and individually covering a number of different songs on their YouTube channel. In the latest post, Seth Avett sings Tim Hardin’s “London Town,” a song made famous by Donovan. The relaxed mood suggests that Seth just wandered out into the backyard, picked up his guitar and sang the tune in one take. The flawless performance, however, says otherwise. Check it out below. Continue reading »

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