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    April 16, 2013

    H.R. of Bad Brains is Not Crazy, Insists Jamie Saft

    With a monstrously flowing godlike beard, multi-instrumental guru Jamie Saft resembles a Hasidic mountain man who should be jamming on meaty blues licks with his beloved ZZ Top instead of the downtown avant-gardist and John Zorn ensemble vet for which he's known. The catch is, dude actually makes hi ... More >>

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    July 1, 2011

    Live: Justin Townes Earle Is Full Of Love At Prospect Park

    Justin Townes Earle Celebrate Brooklyn! at Prospect Park Bandshell Thursday, June 30 Better than: Falling asleep on the subway and waking up at Coney Island. As Justin Townes Earle took the stage on Thursday night, the sun was setting over Prospect Park, the air was cool and thick, and the crowd ... More >>

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    May 24, 2011

    Seventy On Seventy: The 70 Best Bob Dylan Songs, A To Z (Part Two Of Two)

    ​ (Part One is here.) So here we are on the once-unthinkable occasion of Dylan turning 70. When Dylan was starting out, old white men--I mean older than Pete and Woody--were mostly on the wrong side of the Civil Rights movement. Older black men, if they were survivors like Howlin' Wolf or S ... More >>

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    September 23, 2008

    Steve Earle Goes Back to Church, Stays for About 2 1/2 Hours

    Moses preaches. Pic by Rob Trucks. Steve Earle Judson Memorial Church Monday, September 22 I derive great comfort from Steve Earle's well-worn onstage jokes about his myriad ex-wives. Let's not pretend not to have this conversation. Me: "So how many are there, anyway?" The Photographer: "Well, th ... More >>

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    October 24, 2006

    Ebony & Ivory, Lowdown & Nasty

    Revisiting a dirty bluesman's polk salad days

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    April 11, 2006

    Keep A-Goin'

    Unpopulist songwriters in heaven and here orbit a bygone Nashville through the sterile static

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    November 4, 2003
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    January 8, 2002

    Born Under a Bad Sign

    Blues You Can Use Before History Uses You

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    May 29, 2001
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    November 28, 2000