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Luke Sayers finds his musical calling

Luke Sayers wanted to be practical about his music career. Then the songwriting bug bit him in a big way. >More
 Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings rule a musical revival

Belting out such lyrics as "I can't have my cake and eat it too, so I gonna get up and walk out on you," funk-soul luminary Sharon Jones sounds like anything but a goody two-shoes. But like many divas before her, she was an angel when she discovered her pipes. >More
 Low vs Diamond live to be grand

Across the 208 seconds that make up the Low vs Diamond "Heart Attack" video, Lucas Field grows from a young man to an old man. >More
 England's garage-punk princess Holly Golightly finds a new home

Though Holly Golightly entered the music business through Thee Headcoatees -- the all-girl garage-punk counterpart to Thee Headcoats and Thee Milkshakes -- she's carved out a niche all her own since going solo in 1995. >More
 It still beats for the Giraffes' Aaron Lazar

If the rhythms of rock 'n' roll are like a heartbeat, it's no wonder the Giraffes have one of the most unique rhythms in rock today. Aaron Lazar, the lead vocalist for this Brooklyn band, has a heartbeat that his doctor says is almost completely original, and that few survive. >More
 Pigeon John breaks the rules of hip-hop and wins

Pigeon John claims to be an average Joe, the kind of Taco Bell-eating, Xbox-playing guy that only John McCain couldn't relate to at least a little bit. He's got a gift for language, pop hooks and wisecracks that brings together people who might never interact otherwise. >More
 The Rumble Strips daydream in song

The car horns blaring around Charlie Waller are loud, so loud they stop our conversation. Waller is walking in downtown San Francisco on a Friday night. I'm in Madison interviewing him by phone. >More
 DJ Rekha: From basement to dancehall

DJ Rehka founded what may well be New York's most famous dance party, the beat-crazy, hip-swiveling mania known as Basement Bhangra. This monthly event at the popular downtown club S.O.B.'s has been attracting music addicts from all corners of the globe for more than 10 years. >More
 Locksley ride clean-cut image to success

The members of Locksley have gotten used to answering cheesy questions about their Wisconsin roots. In a recent interview with the New York-based music website they were asked: Do you remember the first time you went to a dairy farm on a field trip? How about the first time you shoveled so much snow you thought you would die? >More
 Ryan Adams focuses

For years Ryan Adams behaved like a petulant child on- and offstage. When I caught him for the first time he was helming Whiskeytown, and despite raves in various music rags, that band was still playing beer bars in places like Madison. The show was at the Club Tavern, and a distracted Adams, bad boy of the No Depression generation, may have mumbled as many as two dozen words to the audience during the band's set. His playing and singing were fine. But if it hadn't been for violinist Caitlin Cary, who actually seemed to enjoy both playing for and talking to Whiskeytown fans, Adams' disconnected performance would have chased more than a few warm bodies to the exits well before the encore. >More
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