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How Gregg Allman Came to Sing

The death of Gregg Allman at 69 Saturday brings to four the number of original members of the Allman Brothers Band now gone. From the earliest recordings in 1970, his big brother Duane Allman (who died in 1971) might have been the star guitarist of the band, but it was Gregg who handled the craggy [...]

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Is That Jack Bauer on Guitar?

Among the perks of being a successful actor is the ability, at the drop of a hat, to fulfill every vague rock star notion you ever had. Unlike most struggling artists, there is no barrier to hiring a decent band, recording an album, or booking a tour that sells out based simply on your celebrity, [...]

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The Pixies Pummel On at Lincoln Theatre

Conventional wisdom says the road from the Stooges to Nirvana went through the Pixies. And though they never broke through to the degree of some of their emulators, the driving Massachusetts band returned from a long hiatus this century to see just how engrained their songs had become. In ads alone, their anthems got much [...]

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Deep Dive into American Roots Music

When radio threatened the young phonograph record industry in American cities in the 1920s, it sent out talent scouts to rural corners of the country, seeking to find local musicians who’d appeal to regional audiences where there still was no radio. They’d find local musicians by asking in town newspapers if they’d like to hear [...]

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Tommy Keene, Ivan Julian at Black Cat

A couple of D.C.-bred rockers returned to town Thursday for a show at the Black Cat’s  backstage, the culmination of a short duo tour in which they both traveled light — with only their own guitars. It helped that they brought with them careers’ worth of pedigree and songs that still worked quite well. Headliner [...]

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Brian Wilson Keeps ‘Pet Sounds’ Going

What began last year as the 50th Anniversary World Tour of a masterpiece that never had a tour in its time is still on the road, out so long it’s now called “Pet Sounds: The Final Performances.” It circled back to the D.C. area Wednesday for the first of two nights at the Lincoln Theatre [...]

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Arto Lindsay at the Black Cat Saturday

One of the pillars of the New York’s no wave era, Arto Lindsay’s frantic guitar playing straddled punk, art rock and free jazz. He’s also been part of the Lounge Lizards and the Golden Palominos in his time. But for more than 20 years, he’s been recording on his own, inspired by the music of [...]

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Review: Dave Alvin & The Guilty Ones

The guitarist and songwriter Dave Alvin morphed in his time from out-of-time rockabilly revivalist amid the L.A. punk heyday, to cowboy California troubadour. After reuniting on a couple of albums and tours with his brother Phil, with whom he created The Blasters, he’s back solo with his band The Guilty Ones (before the brother act [...]

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The Jayhawks at the Birchmere

The latest recordings from The Jayhawks come as backing band on the new Ray Davies album “Americana,” which came out the same weekend the venerable Twin Cities band played the Birchmere. The band hasn’t exactly become the Kinks in the meantime; the Jayhawks’ latest release, “Paging Mr. Proust” has many of the same tuneful, expressive [...]

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Drive-By Truckers Split It Up at 9:30

The Drive-By Truckers tried something bold with their 10th studio album last fall, “American Band.” Though the title makes it sound like a reprise of the Grand Funk hit, it was actually a collection of its most pointed political commentaries to date, challenging its Southern rock fans with issues of prevalent gun violence, racial injustice [...]

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