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Tinariwen’s Sahara Desert serenade

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Music | What do you get when you cross the music of Jimi Hendrix and Carlos Santana with nomadic tribesmen from the Sahara desert? World music group Tinariwen…

All Sons & Daughters’ songs of desperation

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Music | Everything breathes freshness and authenticity in the new, self-titled album by acoustic-folk duo All Sons & Daughters. Leslie Jordan and David Leonard…

Ode to a harried, happy, homeschooling mom

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Family | My wife Cheryl is a homeschooling mom of eight children. Which means she can spit out state capitals and change a diaper faster than John Wayne could empty a…

Hippie icon David Crosby’s unexpectedly poignant comeback

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Music | The most amazing part of hippie icon David Crosby’s new solo album—his first in 20 years—is that it even exists at all. Who would have thought the…

NEEDTOBREATHE’s latest album earns its top-of-the charts billing

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Music | The band members of NEEDTOBREATHE may indeed have trouble breathing in the rare air they currently occupy. Their new album recently debuted at No. 1 on the…

Nickel Creek’s new hootenanny soundtrack satisfies but fails to excite

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Music | When Nickel Creek first burst onto the scene in 2000, they turned heads with their heady brew of bluegrass, rock, and jazz. Time Magazine named the band one of…

Rescuing an unsung holiday

Rescuing an unsung holiday

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Culture | In the wake of the well-known holy days of Passover and Easter comes a holiday that’s in danger of being overlooked, perhaps even slighted. Today is…

The original guitar hero dies at age 93

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Music | The celebrated country music guitarist Arthur Smith, who influenced the Beatles and befriended Billy Graham, died this month. He was 93. He left behind three…

Christian rocker Larry Norman recognized as an American musical treasure

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Music | The Library of Congress recently added the work of Christian rock innovator Larry Norman to the National Recording Registry, an elite collection of recordings…

Jazz violinist Regina Carter’s musical coal mine

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Music | African-American jazz violinist Regina Carter remembers taking baths in a tin pail on the front porch of her grandmother’s home in Alabama, where she spent…

Bastille’s refreshingly honest musical revolution

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Music | In the music industry, spectacle often trumps songwriting. Exhibit A: The buzz generated by Lady Gaga’s recent stunt at SXSW, where a friend deliberately…

Mavis Staples gives gospel music a down-to-earth makeover

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Music | Gospel legend and civil rights icon Mavis Staples is still turning heads with her stunning new album of spirituals,  One True Vine . Rolling Stone described…

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