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Hello! In case you missed it, over at Pitchfork I had the pleasure of revisiting Graham Parker’s 1979 masterpiece Squeezing Out Sparks. Check it out if this sounds like your cuppa Earl Grey. Alongside his extraordinary backing band the Rumour, Parker was embedded in England’s pub rock scene, which set the template for British punk […]

A very few songwriters have ever as fully inhabited the consciousness of the American mind quite like Merle Haggard. The endless compassion and simmering anger of his greatest songs trace the competin

It’s been twenty-five years, give or take, that the world has enjoyed the highly specific miracle of the Drive-By Truckers and no one is more shocked than them. Their remarkable new LP Welcome 2 Club XIII is a downright Proustian series of meditations on how exactly they got here and exactly where “here” really is. […]
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