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2009 Stories by Brian J. Barr

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  • Vic Chesnutt

    published November 25, 2009

    Vic Chesnutt's sense of self is as unsteady as a drunk on Sunday morning. In his songs, the Southern singer-songwriter veers... More >>

  • Tiny Vipers' uneasy listening

    published July 22, 2009

    Jesy Fortino is a shy musician. She prefers to sit quietly in a corner rather than take command of a room. This quickly became an issue in her... More >>

  • Sir Richard Bishop captures the Middle East via Oakland

    published May 20, 2009

    Since 2004, Sir Richard Bishop has treated his albums like international buffet tables of sound, piling a little bit of everything on his... More >>

  • Serge Gainsbourg

    published April 22, 2009

    Even with no knowledge of the French language, it'd still be fairly obvious that Serge Gainsbourg's 1971 album was consumed with lust. The... More >>

  • "Cocaine" Dealer

    published April 1, 2009

    Few American musicians embody "laid-back" as well as JJ Cale does. The Oklahoma-born guitarist seems incapable of playing at speeds more... More >>

  • Beware of the real Will Oldham

    published March 25, 2009

    Will Oldham masks his feelings with a thick beard, a devilish grin, and a stage persona known as Bonnie "Prince" Billy. The 38-year-old... More >>

  • Phosphorescent

    published March 11, 2009

    In 1975, Willie Nelson recorded a series of covers called To Lefty from Willie as a tribute to his musical hero, Lefty Frizzell. Despite... More >>

  • Saadiq Soul

    published February 25, 2009

    Raphael Saadiq proves that the sounds of '60s Philly, Detroit, and Memphis can still be mined for fresh inspiration. His last album,... More >>

  • Death

    published February 25, 2009

    In the early '70s, three African-American blood brothers from Detroit formed an R&B band. But on witnessing the Stooges live, they abruptly... More >>

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