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Track Review: The New Basement Tapes, “Nothing To It”

Lost On the River – “Nothing To It”Rating: 3.5 out of 5Back in 1998, Wilco and Billy Bragg had the rare opportunity to turn some long-lost Woody Guthrie lyrics into a newly recorded set of songs, and the resulting...

Track Review: Taylor Swift, “Shake It Off”

Taylor Swift – “Shake It Off” Rating: 3 Stars (out of 5)When Taylor Swift teamed up with Swedish producer Max Martin in 2012 for the massive single “We Are Never Getting Back Together,” the young singer-songwriter signaled a dramatic change....

Ryan Adams, “When The Stars Go Blue”

If an artist is fortunate and talented enough, there will come a moment in their career when a significant portion of their intended audience is listening intently for the music they are about to release. All ears are on...

Track Review: Tweedy, “Summer Noon”

Tweedy “Summer Noon” (from the album Sukierae, out September 23) (dBpm) 3 out of 5 starsWilco hasn’t played anything resembling country in a long time. Since the release of Yankee Hotel Foxtrot 12 years ago, they’ve wavered between lightly psychedelic experimental rock...

Track Review: Ryan Adams, “Gimme Something Good”

When was the last time Ryan Adams really rocked? Was it 2010's Orion, a collision of sci-fi plot lines and heavy metal riffage that was well-intentioned but somewhat hard to take, especially when the album had Dungeons & Dragons...

Track Review: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, “American Dream Plan B”

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 starsBefore announcing the details of his new album Hypnotic Eye, Tom Petty told Rolling Stone, “I knew I wanted to make a rock ‘n’ roll record.” That’s pretty much what Tom Petty’s been doing...

Track Review: Ed Sheeran, “Sing”

Ed Sheeran "Sing" Rating: 2.5 out of 5 starsPharrell Williams is pretty much everywhere these days. He sang on two tracks on Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories last year, produced a track on Miley Cyrus’ Bangerz, appeared on Beyoncé’s recent self-titled...

Cheap Trick, “Surrender”

Written by Rick NielsenThe concept of wild, reckless teenagers rebelling against their dull, joyless parents has served as the impetus for many a great rock and roll song since the inception of the genre. Cheap Trick’s enduring 1978...

Track Review: Jack White Steps Up With “High Ball Stepper”

Jack White “High Ball Stepper” Rating: 3.5 out of 5 starsBlunderbuss might be the best thing to ever happen to Jack White. Let me clarify: I don’t mean that it’s the best album he ever released, that’s probably (definitely?) White Blood...

Elvis Costello & The Attractions, “Peace In Our Time”

Nostalgia might not be the right word, but the pomp and celebration surrounding the recent Winter Olympic Games in Moscow provided a benign perspective for reexamination of a time when the Cold War was at its iciest and the...
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Michael Ray Interviews Clint Black for American Songwriter

In early November, legendary singer-songwriter Clint Black released This Old House as a way to pay homage to the...
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