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The Prodigal Sunshine

Prodigy is a strong word, so much so that in the last five or six years I’ve only used it once in my writing. Today, I’m not sure if it’s strong enough because little EmiSunshine from Madisonville, Tennessee is a prodigy and then some. Every few ...



Starting out in 2004 as a star-struck duo known as My Other Face, the now four-piece band Deer Tick is five records into an affluent music career. Frontman John Joseph McCauley concocted the name after finding a deer tick on the back of his head ... more

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Ya, mon! This Friday, JJ’s Bohemia is the place to be for all things chill as Milele Roots presents and evening of Reggae, Dub, Ska, Electronica and more. Milele will be joined by local music god Danimal Pinson with a musical midnight snack ... more

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The latest vinyl and digital release Plasty II from Hanz, the musical outlet of recording artist Brandon Juhans of Durham, N.C., is a genre-smashing exercise full of twists that perhaps conveys being in a video-game-world earthquake. more

Record Reviews

A few years ago I was looking for a good set of headphones to use while recording at home. I did quite a bit of research and, as many of you will already know, good headphones can be expensive. Quite expensive, as in “How much ya got?” expensive ... more


Billie Holiday was one of the most influential jazz vocalists in America. Rising to fame in the 1950s and earning the nickname “Lady Day,” Holiday’s unique phrasing and vocal power established her as a jazz icon. Even decades after her death ... more

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