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Sometimes a great track comes from pieces of other tracks. “The Chain” by Fleetwood Mac, for instance, came about from several recycled bits from other tracks each of the band members had created earlier. Stevie Nicks wrote a vision for the lyrics before the music was written, while Lindsay Buckingham …

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 …

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 …

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. …

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 …