John Payne

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  • 5 days ago

    For lo these 30 or so years, Lake Charles, Louisiana, singer-songwriter-guitarist Lucinda Williams has forged an idiosyncratic path through American roots music, melting down Delta-infused country soul, funky folk and rock strains into her gritty,...

  • 6 days ago

    In Greek mythology, Persephone is the goddess queen of the underworld whose eternal duty is to rise into the upper air each year to bring spring growth to the earth. It’s a big job, and though somewhat satisfying, it’s also rather begrudgingly car...

  • 13 days ago

    This veteran guitar great’s 50-year-plus run has not been a whirlwind, exactly –– more like a loping stroll through the best American music there is. A deeply respected and widely influential player, though woefully unheralded outside guitar-geek ...

  • 19 days ago

    Are we living in a post- or post-post-irony age? Correct answer wins a free copy of Father John Misty’s new album I Love You, Honeybear (Sub Pop) — just kidding, buy the damn thing and support the artist. Such a cringy title suggests Father...

  • 23 days ago

    A mad, mod mash-up of the off-center musical fetishes of Cambodia circa early 1970s, Dengue Fever’s updated take on Khmer rock is a head-spinning, surreal blend of honeyed lounge pop, surfin’/spyin’ sounds, gritty garage grunge and psychedelic roc...

  • 25 days ago

    Free your body and your mind will follow. Like a combination therapist/sage, the fiery singer, hand-percussionist and dancer Alessandra Belloni goes on a journey through the scorchingly cathartic spectacle known as Tarantella, the southern Italian...