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Eli 'Paperboy' Reed went from music lover to soul singer

Eli "Paperboy" Reed didn't set out to become a soul singer. Instead, soul found him when he explored his father's record collection as a young boy. After teaching himself guitar, piano and harmonica in his Massachusetts hometown, he moved to Mississippi, where he earned his nickname from local musicians who recognized him by the newsboy hat he wore to almost every gig. >More
 Jason Reeves is a natural-born hit-maker

Jason Reeves' songs are more famous than he is, and that suits the 26-year-old Iowa City native just fine. Making radio-friendly pop hits is his thing. >More
 The Thermals get personal

The Thermals' punkish brand of indie rock is definitely not made for moping, even when the Portland, Ore., trio are contemplating love gone wrong. Their 2006 album, The Body, the Blood, the Machine, is a pointedly political tale about a young couple trying to escape a fascist regime of religious zealots, while their new album, Personal Life, takes a closer look at the politics of love, from heartfelt promises to outright lies. >More
 For Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars, music heals

After his father was murdered by rebels in 1997, Reuben Koroma fled civil war-torn Sierra Leone for the safety of a refugee camp in Guinea. "I lived in the refugee camp for eight years," Koroma told me by phone last week. "The government of Guinea didn't trust us and wanted to control where we went." >More
 The So So Glos blaze with energy

It's hard to imagine a musical act more dynamic than Brooklyn, N.Y., dance-punk duo Matt & Kim. Well, prepare to be wowed: Their high-octane tour mates the So So Glos will give them a rowdy run for their money at the Majestic Theatre on Sept. 21. >More
 Girl in a Coma embraces diversity

Girl in a Coma's Phanie Diaz says the best thing about having come out as a lesbian last year is the feeling of being true to herself. It's been surprising, she says, how little her sexual identity has altered the course of her musical endeavors. "A lot of the Latino community is old school," she told me during a phone interview last week, "but for some reason it's been no problem." >More
 For music, Good Old War did without running water

Good Old War aren't one of those acoustic groups that simply moved their campfire jamming to the stage. The Philadelphia trio began when the band Days Away decided to take a break from prog-inflected indie rock. Guitarist Keith Goodwin and drummer Tim Arnold teamed up with another guitar-playing friend, Dan Schwartz of Unlikely Cowboy, dusted off their vocal cords, and began harmonizing. >More
 Wanda Jackson gives credit to the King

Wanda Jackson was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2009. That might never have happened if she hadn't met Elvis Presley in 1955, when she was 17. Until then, Jackson was making waves in country music. Hank Thompson invited her to sing with his band, the Brazos Valley Boys. >More
 Lou Barlow wants music to be cheap or free

Lou Barlow is an indie-rock hero, if there is such a thing. He co-founded Dinosaur Jr., his band Sebadoh practically invented lo-fi, and the Folk Implosion -- yet another band he calls home -- helped make the 1994 film Kids disturbing and groundbreaking at the same time. Meanwhile, Barlow's latest solo recording, Sentridoh III, shows off his songwriting and the Missingmen, the backing band he shares with Minutemen's Mike Watt. >More
 Buckcherry parties hearty at WJJO Band Camp

Are you nostalgic for the age when rock was blissfully lowbrow? When T. Rex wanted to bang a gong and Kiss wanted to rock and roll all night and party every day? Buckcherry feel your pain and are ready to fix what ails you. >More
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