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The American author and illustrator Howard Pyle once said that, “Art is the expression of those beauties and emotions that stir the human soul.” Listening to Chris Lastovicka’s upcoming album “Fortune Has Turned (Remixed)” you’d think that perhaps Pyle was thinking of Lastovicka when he uttered those words before realizing …

Hearing Anne Steele on her latest album, “Made Out of Stars,” a few things surprised me. Firstly, I was surprised that she’s not already signed to a major record label like Sony, Capitol or Universal. Secondly, I was surprised at how much range she shows from one song to the …

You may not recognize Bobbie Morrone by name, but listing to him you quickly realize you’ve heard his style. A bluesy, guitar-driven pop rock artist with vocals very much in line with John Mayer, Morrone unleashes his new album “Lonely St.,” on February 4. The album hits all of the …

It might be at least three months until summertime, but for the Swedish hip hop artist Lil T-Shirt, it’s never too early to start thinking of the warmest time of year. His new song and music video strikes at something we in Montana know all too well — it gives …

Everyone has a past, and with that past comes regrets, mistakes, and lessons learned. Cindy Jollotta in her latest single “Ghosts,” set to drop on Jan. 8, laments about past struggles and the pain when they sneak into your future plans. With the lyrics, “I make a mess of everything I …

If the mainstream music industry was the only template ever used to release music, Sam Fishman’s latest album “End of Time” would never exist. Why? The mainstream music industry has certain strange beliefs that permeate the way musicians do things, even though it’s never the only way to find success. …

When it comes to modern artists who make the decision to record Christmas songs, more often than not they’ll re-record one of the classic Tin-Pan Alley tracks — and with good reason as they’re among the most beloved holiday songs. Plus, everyone who celebrates the holiday knows and remembers them …

The best way I’ve found to describe Todd Warner Moore’s sound is this — he plays songs you want to hear when you’re sitting around a campfire with friends on a relaxing summer evening. Even if you’re nowhere near an open flame, put on Moore’s new album “Spark” and you’re …

Listening to “Nothing’s Wrong,” the new album from Canadian singer/songwriter Eliza, the feeling I kept circling back to was one you feel when you’re at home late at night watching a thunderstorm blanket your neighborhood. There are other feelings, too, that are just as hauntingly melancholy but, if you’re like …

You might not recognize Heather Gruber’s name, but once you hear her, you’ll know just the kind of sound you’re getting. Which, depending on what you’re seeking, can be a double-edged sword. “Dance Into the Desert,” Gruber’s debut album, drops a collection of uplifting, positive songs that’ll have you thinking …