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Against The Current

                  In the seemingly never-ending mission to group bands into a myriad of categories, Split Lip Rayfield has been allotted the “thrash-grass” label, which can be described as aggressive acoustic music with elements of punk and bluegrass. They’ve influenced a slew of other like-minded artists, but are careful not to take sole credit.
                 “I’ve never gotten any financial reward for coming...

Live, Touring and Local

Damon Fowler makes his 21st Saloon debut on Thursday, Nov. 10, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Living Blues magazine calls Fowler “a roots guitar guru in the making.” The Chicago Sun-Times writes “Make way for the next big-time guitar slinger.”
Critics compare his guitar riffs to Johnny Winter and Jeff Beck with slide playing influenced by Duane Allman. Fowler also has lap-steel and dobro playing in his arsenal. The Tampa, Fla.,...

Speed! Nebraska Turns 15

When the invitation went out via Facebook for this Friday night's Speed! Nebraska 15th Anniversary rock show at The Brother's Lounge, the first thing that went through my mind was: Has it really been five years since we did that Speed! Nebraska 10-year anniversary cover story in The Reader?

That story, published June 28, 2006, recapped the history of the vinyl-loving record label that's home to a handful of the...

One Tough Choice

The growing success of City & Colour became impossible to ignore for Dallas Green.

So did the trickiness of balancing the acoustic indie folk solo act with his status as a member of Canadian post-hardcore band Alexisonfire.

Green had spent a decade with Alexisonfire, but as City & Colour took off on its own rapid rise, Green musical life started to become too much to handle. In essence, it was like having two...

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