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Amy Winehouse won her first Grammys in 2007 for her mega-hit “Rehab,” and the equally brilliant if a little more impressive “Back to Black.” Before she died too soon in 2011, Ms. Winehouse won six Grammys and was nominated for eight in total. She’s done more than that, though, she’s …

With their latest album “U.N. Article 14,” the band American High claims that they approached the set of tracks in an unconventional way. “We think songs are more interesting when they can be seen in different ways. We shun the tired INTRO-CHORUS-INTRO-CHORUS-LEAD-CHORUS-EXIT blueprint. We prefer freeform songs. We tried to …

Back not TOO long ago when I turned 16, my most important achievements were finally getting my own bedroom after sharing one with my brother for years, and getting my very own stereo system that could play two tapes, four! CDs and could tune into local radio stations. I didn’t …

With a name like Carnymusic, you might be a little surprised to find out that instead of circus sounds, this self-titled solo project from Mike Carnahan is actually a solid indie album. It opens with a Decemberists-like track “Riptide.” I say Decemberists-like due to the fact that Carnahan’s style choices …

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 …

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 …