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Harp was a print and online magazine published in Raleigh, North Carolina. It appeared eight times a year between 2001 and 2008, providing in-depth information on indie rock and other alternative genres. Its owner subsequently founded Blurt magazine, with many of the same contributors.

Billy Bragg: I Smell the Blood of a Half-Englishman: Billy Bragg

Interview by Geoffrey Himes, Harp, May 2002

What does it mean to be an Englishman? Billy Bragg explains it to Geoffrey Himes. ...

Steve Earle vs. The Bogeyman

Interview by Dave Marsh, Harp, November 2002

With his latest CD Jerusalem, Steve Earle has written the most political and urgent release of his career. Dave Marsh explores the reasons why. ...

Doug Sahm: A Review

Overview by Geoffrey Himes, Harp, Spring 2002

LIKE DR. JOHN in New Orleans and Paul Butterfield in Chicago, Doug Sahm was a white kid whose musical curiosity led him to the wrong ...

Beth Orton: Heartbreaker

Interview by Geoffrey Himes, Harp, Summer 2002

TO APPRECIATE how special Beth Orton is, it helps to catch her at a show like the one she did at the 1999 South by ...

The Flatlanders: Once & Again

Interview by Geoffrey Himes, Harp, Summer 2002

After more than 30 years since their first recorded project together, the Flatlanders have come together again to record Now Again. Forward all 'thank you' ...

Cat Power: Freebird

Interview by Jaan Uhelszki, Harp, February 2003

While Chan Marshall's primal folk and haunting melodies are urgent and straightforward, on stage and in person, she is a study in contradictions. Jaan Uhelszki ...

Bob Dylan, Shane MacGowan: Music at Sundance: Dylan, Atlantic and Shane MacGowan

Overview by Steven R Rosen, Harp, May 2003

Bob Dylan’s long awaited Masked and Anonymous debuts at Sundance ...

David Thomas: Man in the Mirror

Profile and Interview by Steven R Rosen, Harp, June 2003

Pere Ubu’s David Thomas stages the latest incarnation of his rock opera/performing arts festival 'Disastodrome!' ...

The Dixie Chicks: I Shall Be Free: The Blacklisting of Dixie Chicks

Comment by Dave Marsh, Harp, June 2003

IN CHRIS BUHALIS'S 'Talkin' Sounds Just Like Joe McCarthy Blues', John Ashcroft declares questioning him un-American, to which the singer replies, "It's called a democracy. ...

Rank and File: Twangbearers

Retrospective and Interview by Fred Mills, Harp, August 2003

IN THE early ’80s, some called Rank and File "cowpunks" – others called them just plain revolutionary. ...

Let's Active, Mitch Easter: Let's Active: Re-Activated

Retrospective and Interview by Fred Mills, Harp, October 2003

Along with R.E.M., Athens based Let's Active ruled the college-radio airwaves in the mid-80s. ...

Tywanna Jo Baskette: A Profile

Profile and Interview by j. poet, Harp, October 2003

NASHVILLE-BASED Tywanna Jo Baskette lives the life she sings about. ...

Television: Richard Lloyd: TV Personalities

Interview by Fred Mills, Harp, December 2003

RICHARD LLOYD entertains no illusions regarding the estimable legacy he, fellow guitarist Tom Verlaine, drummer Billy Ficca and bassist Fred Smith forged in Television, both ...

Ryan Adams: Saved By R'n'R

Interview by Jaan Uhelszki, Harp, December 2003

Ten Things You (Don't) Want To Know About Ryan Adams: He spills the beans on his romantic foibles, his phobias and chocolate. ...

The Handsome Family: Singing Bones (Carrot Top)

Review by j. poet, Harp, December 2003

THE HANDSOME FAMILY - the duo of Brett Sparks, composer, singer and instrumental jack of all trades and Rennie Sparks lyricist, harmony vocalist and plucker ...

David Byrne

Interview by Steven R Rosen, Harp, April 2004

David Byrne – whose funk-rock-art band Talking Heads brought New Wave into the mainstream a generation ago, and who has pursued his interests in rhythm-based ...

The Beat Farmers: The Beat Goes on

Retrospective and Interview by Fred Mills, Harp, April 2004

It was a small but ultimately influential early ’80s scene: the back-to-roots movement spearheaded by the Blasters, Rank and File, Jason and the Scorchers, Long ...

Loretta Lynn, The White Stripes: Jack White and Loretta Lynn: Deconstructing Jack

Comment by Dave Marsh, Harp, July 2004

AT THAT POINT, after one and a half listenings, I concluded that White had heard all the Loretta Lynn records ever made and liked everything ...

John Frusciante

Interview by Jaan Uhelszki, Harp, July 2004

YOU MAY know John Frusciante as the intermittent guitarist for the Red Hot Chili Peppers. He infamously quit the foursome only moments before he was ...

Rockpile: Rock Steady

Retrospective and Interview by Fred Mills, Harp, July 2004

THEY CALLED it rock, and boy, did Britain’s Rockpile rock-brashly, boozily, and in one regard, too, belatedly. ...

MC5: Five for Fighting

Report and Interview by Jaan Uhelszki, Harp, September 2004

EVERYONE knows the old saw about the Eskimos having over 400 words for snow and the Parisians' two-dozen fevered phrases for passion. ...

Patti Smith

Interview by Jaan Uhelszki, Harp, September 2004

BY FRONTING her own rock band – issuing lyrical missives from the depths of her fertile unconscious that rivalled anything that Bob Dylan ever scribbled ...

PJ Harvey Does It Her Way

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Harp, September 2004

JORDAN IS a model. To be more precise, Jordan is a 'glamour' model. A blonde with monolithic, man-made breasts that make as regular an appearance ...

Ray Charles: I Believe to My Soul

Essay by Dave Marsh, Harp, September 2004

One of these days, and it won't be longYou gonna look for me, and I'll be gone ...

The Three Johns: Three Johns: Dada for now

Retrospective and Interview by Fred Mills, Harp, September 2004

NOWADAYS, The Three Johns are often recalled as a side project of Mekons/Waco Brothers instigator Jon Langford. But during their 1982–91 tenure, the hard-rocking 3Js ...

The Clash: Vanilla Tapes

Report and Interview by Fred Mills, Harp, November 2004

THE VANILLA material is clearly aimed at Clash collectors who routinely snap up underground recordings of the band. As Simonon himself freely volunteered, he’s not ...

Bright Eyes: Inside Conor Oberst (Literally!)

Interview by Jaan Uhelszki, Harp, January 2005

JOHN LENNON sang, "I may be a dreamer, but I’m not the only one," in 1970’s 'Imagine'. ...

Bright Eyes: Conor Oberst: Dream Catcher

Interview by Jaan Uhelszki, Harp, January 2005

CONOR OBERST is an anomaly. While his hometown is famous for the two-inch Omaha Steaks that are FedEx-ed around the nation to lesser protein-endowed states, ...

The Gun Club: Gun Club: Members Only

Retrospective and Interview by Fred Mills, Harp, January 2005

AAHHRRROOOOUUUUU!!! All heads in a Chapel Hill, N.C. club jerk stageward as the frontman for L.A.'s latest punk export summons up an ear-splitting howl. Part ...

The Ramones: Johnny Ramone: End of the Century

Retrospective and Interview by Jaan Uhelszki, Harp, January 2005

WHEN I SPOKE to Johnny Ramone less than a year ago, I had no idea that it would be one of his final interviews. Stoic, ...

Marianne Faithfull: Marianne Faithful: Strong Poison

Interview by Jaan Uhelszki, Harp, January 2005

INITIALLY MORE infamous than famous, Marianne Faithfull was known more for her extraordinary beauty and her liaison with Mick Jagger than she was for her ...

Tony Joe White: Swamp Thing

Profile and Interview by Holly George-Warren, Harp, January 2005

TONY JOE White is having his picture taken. By the looks of things, the Ray-Ban-wearing sixty-something-year-old is an A-list movie star, rather than a singer/songwriter/guitarist ...

Al Green: Green's Day

Interview by Jaan Uhelszki, Harp, March 2005

AL GREEN'S genius spans four decades, and during those often tumultuous years the man who is routinely referred to as the last great Southern soul ...

Beck: ...Bottle of Blue

Interview by Mac Randall, Harp, March 2005

With every album he creates, Beck Hansen's music shifts in shape while his lyrics gain sharper focus, revealing a fascination with the dark side of ...

Guided By Voices, Robert Pollard: Robert Pollard: Last Call

Interview by Andria Lisle, Harp, March 2005

BY THE time you read this, Robert Pollard will have pulled the plug on Guided By Voices: The band's final concert occurred on New Year's ...

The Slits: Girls Together Outrageously

Interview by Fred Mills, Harp, March 2005

"You haven't said yet how good I look on my Web site!" ...

The White Stripes: Under Blackpool Lights DVD (Third Man/V2)

Film/DVD Review by Steven R Rosen, Harp, March 2005

EXCUSE MY misperception. I’d always considered the White Stripes as a modernist garage-rock band-hip to the melody of catchy songs like 'You’re Pretty Good Looking ...

Jimmy Smith: Soulsmith

Obituary by Dave Marsh, Harp, May 2005

THE RECORD industry thought it covered its tracks by finally making a huge deal out of Ray Charles, at the first Grammy ceremony after his ...

Lucinda Williams: Southern Comfort

Interview by Jaan Uhelszki, Harp, May 2005

LUCINDA WILLIAMS is a splendid mess, a charming and bruised beauty. ...

Flaming Lips: The Flaming Lips: What's Next

Profile and Interview by Jaan Uhelszki, Harp, May 2005

THE FLAMING Lips have begun recording the follow-up to 2002’s Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, provisionally titled At War With the Mystics, with Dave Fridmann ...

Flaming Lips: The Flaming Lips: Bearers of the Psych Torch

Interview by Jaan Uhelszki, Harp, May 2005

"WHAT'S THE greatest misconception about me?" the Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne ponders aloud, pushing up the sleeves of his putty-colored suit. ...

The Beatles, The Doors, Jimi Hendrix, MC5, Pink Floyd: The Top 10 Psychedelic Moments in Rock

Comment by Lenny Kaye, Harp, May 2005

Mind expansion. The walls are breathing. Herewith, a personal list of a trip into the whirlpool of creation. ...

Yo La Tengo: The Outsiders

Interview by Andria Lisle, Harp, May 2005

"WE FEEL outside of things, and we like that feeling and we don't like that feeling, depending on our mood at the time or the ...

Gang of Four: Irving Plaza, New York NY

Live Review by Jason Gross, Harp, May 2005

IN 1977, A bunch of British university students formed a band, poignantly deciding to take the name of a group of disgraced communist leaders accused ...

Roky Erickson: SXSW, Austin

Live Review by Jason Gross, Harp, June 2005

AS ANOTHER SXSW drew to a close on an abnormally cool Texas afternoon, a roaring half-hour thunderstorm presaged one of the most unexpected comebacks in ...

The Go-Betweens: Their Back Pages

Profile and Interview by Fred Mills, Harp, June 2005

IS ROCK 'N' ROLL just a fairy tale? Once upon a time there was a magical group called the Beatles. We thought they'd last forever, ...

Cat Power: Chan Marshall (aka Cat Power), 31, New York City, N.Y.

Interview by Jaan Uhelszki, Harp, July 2005

Chan Marshall isn't like the rest of us. She's gifted with a pristine voice, a keen mind, a restless heart and an attuned sense of ...

Gang of Four: Rare Essence

Profile and Interview by Fred Mills, Harp, July 2005

TWO SPOTLIGHTS of solar-white intensity arc downward, one aiming stage left, the other to the right. A sudden jerk of the guitar from the illuminated ...

The White Stripes: Jack White: White Noise

Interview by Jaan Uhelszki, Harp, July 2005

YOU KNOW what they say: You are what you listen to. So what does that say about Jack White? Actually quite a bit: That he's ...

Yoko Ono: Profile: Yoko Ono, 70, New York City, N.Y.

Profile and Interview by Jaan Uhelszki, Harp, July 2005

YOKO ONO is diminutive in size, but huge in spirit. A fearless avatar, she will attempt anything whether it’s topping the Billboard charts as a ...

Willie Nelson's Countryman (Lost Highway)

Report and Interview by Jaan Uhelszki, Harp, July 2005

HEARING WILLIE Nelson’s first reggae album, you’re bound to ask: What took him so long? There’s a rather sympathetic correlation between the Nelson’s rather lazy, ...

Aqualung

Profile by Jaan Uhelszki, Harp, September 2005

AFTER LEARNING that a London ad agency was searching for music for an upcoming Volkswagen commercial, Aqualung’s Matt Hales locked himself in his flat, hammered ...

The Minutemen: Men At Work

Report and Interview by Fred Mills, Harp, September 2005

DECEMBER 13, 1985: I'm backstage at the Park Center in Charlotte, N.C., where, about an hour ago, the final concert of R.E.M.'s Fables of the ...

The Stooges: Real Cool Time

Retrospective by Fred Mills, Harp, September 2005

"MUDDY, BRUTAL, ecstatic music that grabbed anyone in its path roughly by the scruff of the neck and hurled them headlong into the very wilderness ...

Tsar: A Profile

Profile and Interview by Jaan Uhelszki, Harp, September 2005

"I ALWAYS wanted to be seditious and dangerous. But in a good rock and roll way," explains Jeff Whalen, principal of L.A.’s glammy Tsar. ...

Terry Riley: Royce Hall, UCLA, Los Angeles

Live Review by Steven R Rosen, Harp, October 2005

TO CELEBRATE the 70th birthday of California-born minimalist composer Terry Riley, the UCLA Live series put together a program even stranger than Riley's landmark In ...

Patti Smith: Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York

Live Review by Jason Gross, Harp, October 2005

After a summer tryout at London's Meltdown Festival, punk icon Patti Smith returned to her NYC roots to perform again in sequence her 30-year-old debut ...

Big Star: Star Power

Profile and Interview by Fred Mills, Harp, November 2005

MEMPHIS, TENN., April 2004: Inside Ardent Studios a band assembles in the control room, where the engineer has just cued up a playback. It's a ...

Black Merda: It's a Detroit Rock Thing

Retrospective by Fred Mills, Harp, November 2005

THEY RUBBED shoulders with the cream of the Motor City, including Funkadelic, the Temptations, Edwin Starr, Bob Seger and the MC5. They recorded for the ...

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club: Fight Club

Profile and Interview by Jaan Uhelszki, Harp, November 2005

WITH THE swagger of the young Yardbirds and the unstudied panache and casual arrogance of the early Stones, Nick Jago, Robert Been and Peter Hayes ...

Sinead O'Connor: Sinead O’Connor: Saint Sinead

Interview by Fred Mills, Harp, November 2005

SINEAD O'CONNOR'S career to date has included at least two major artistic peaks separated, significantly, by 12 years: 1990's I Do Not Want What I ...

Neil Young: Dark Side of the Moon

Report and Interview by Jaan Uhelszki, Harp, December 2005

NEIL YOUNG has long-plotted his life around the phases of the moon. Ancient and antediluvian, prehistoric and prescentient but strangely effective, Young uses the moon ...

Phish: Trey Anastacio, 40, Manhattan

Interview by Jaan Uhelszki, Harp, December 2005

A YEAR after dismantling Phish, one of the jam scene's most beloved institutions, Trey Anastasio continues to receive hate mail from bereft fans. ...

The Flamin' Groovies: Flame On

Retrospective and Interview by Fred Mills, Harp, December 2005

July 4, 1976: America is knee-deep in Bicentennial festivities, but across the pond in London a celebration of a different sort is underway. ...

The High Dials: War of the Wakening Phantoms

Review by Jason Gross, Harp, December 2005

IN THE quirky, removed Northern climes of late-'70s Montreal, Trevor Anderson grew up on a diet of folk and country music. More than a dozen ...

Robert Pollard's Art of Confusion

Interview by Fred Mills, Harp, January 2006

IN MID-2004 Robert Pollard announced he'd be shutting down his band of 21 years, Guided By Voices, following the release of the group's fifteenth full-length, ...

Delta 5: Delta Force

Profile and Interview by Fred Mills, Harp, March 2006

WHILE three-gal/two-guy outfit Delta 5 didn't exactly fly under the radar, its relatively brief tenure (1979-'81) meant the Leeds, England, band never got its proper ...

Terrastock Festival: Providence, Rhode Island

Report and Interview by Fred Mills, Harp, March 2006

THE SIXTH Terrastock Festival--that bastion of psychedelia, nu-folk and experimental music that grew out of Britain's revered Ptolemaic Terrascope magazine--will take place April 21-23 in ...

Dan Penn and Spooner Oldham: The Grey Eagle, Asheville, NC

Live Review by Fred Mills, Harp, April 2006

"THIS IS rock 'n' roll for the older set – we're all sitting down, reading the lyrics..." ...

Can: Recycled Cans

Retrospective and Interview by Fred Mills, Harp, May 2006

Among the great German bands of the '60s and '70s – kosmiche avatars Amon Düül and Ash Ra Tempel, motorik pioneer Neu!, synth wunderkind Tangerine ...

KT Tunstall: Super Scope

Profile and Interview by Jaan Uhelszki, Harp, May 2006

KT TUNSTALL knew she was meant for big things. "I just always thought that I was the golden child," the Scottish chanteuse explains, with a ...

Flaming Lips: The Flaming Lips: Loose Lips

Interview by Jaan Uhelszki, Harp, May 2006

WAYNE COYNE is the Flaming Lips' major domo, lead vocalist and ringmaster for the Oklahoma-based art provocateurs. ...

The Beastie Boys, Leonard Cohen, Nick Cave: Utah Saints: Sundance Music Festival

Interview by Steven R Rosen, Harp, May 2006

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Emmylou Harris

Interview by Jaan Uhelszki, Harp, June 2006

IN MORE politically incorrect times there was an ad campaign that featured famous women wrapped in full-length Russian mink coats – people like Elizabeth Taylor, ...

The Raconteurs: Raconteurs: Rac & Roll!

Interview by Geoffrey Himes, Harp, June 2006

THE BRICKS stuck around to cheer on their pals in the Greenhornes, a Cincinnati garage-rock trio that played so often in Detroit they seemed like ...

The dBs: Spies In The House Of Pop: The dB's and their star-crossed third album, Like This

Retrospective and Interview by Fred Mills, Harp, June 2006

BY THE SUMMER of 1982 things were looking a bit grim for the dB's. ...

Wire: Pretty in Pink

Retrospective and Interview by Fred Mills, Harp, June 2006

APRIL 1, 1977, LONDON: Onstage at punk venue the Roxy is a young quartet nearing the end of its 17-song set – which, in a ...

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers: Album Retrospective: Tom Petty

Retrospective by Fred Mills, Harp, July 2006

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Belle And Sebastian: Belle and Sebastian with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra: Hollywood Bowl, California

Live Review by Steven R Rosen, Harp, July 2006

SOMETIMES, WHAT sounds like a good concert idea on paper turns out even better – historic, even – on stage. ...

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers: Tom Petty: Anatomy of a rock star

Profile and Interview by Jaan Uhelszki, Harp, July 2006

ALMOST EVERYONE that knows Tom Petty for any length of time calls him Tommy. ...

Wire: Not About to Die

Retrospective by Fred Mills, Harp, July 2006

IT'S SOMETIME in late '77 or early '78 and yours truly is toiling away at the distribution center for North Carolina record store chain the ...

Tom Waits: Thomas Wolfe Auditorium, Asheville, NC

Report and Interview by Fred Mills, Harp, August 2006

HE CAME, he saw, he conquered. Meanwhile, he hoisted that rag, he got behind the mule, and he tangoed until we were just about sore. ...

P. F. Sloan: P.F. Sloan

Interview by Jeff Tamarkin, Harp, September 2006

PF SLOAN was a 19-year-old bearing the weight of the world on his shoulders when he wrote the protest classic 'Eve of Destruction' back in ...

Evan Dando, The Lemonheads: Evan Dando: The World's Forgotten Boy

Interview by Jaan Uhelszki, Harp, November 2006

MOST OF the world thinks that, by rights, Evan Dando shouldn't be alive. But like Iggy Pop (one of his mentors), he's a misunderstood boy ...

Ornette Coleman, 76, Manhattan

Interview by Jaan Uhelszki, Harp, November 2006

ORNETTE COLEMAN is one of the true immortals. A metaphysician, philosopher and futurist as much as a revolutionary musician, he set melody free from it's ...

Lucinda Williams: Lucinda & Miller Williams: UCLA Live Performing Arts Series, Royce Hall, Los Angeles, CA

Live Review by Steven R Rosen, Harp, November 2006

LUCINDA WILLIAMS must get her songwriting gift – her fantastic ability to reveal psyche through describing such seemingly peripheral objects as Car Wheels on a ...

Cat Power: Beauty Secrets

Interview by Jaan Uhelszki, Harp, December 2006

CHAN MARSHALL'S a spectral beauty, haunted and ethereal as the songs she crafts. What makes her even more extraordinary is how selfless she is, insisting ...

Tom Waits: Weird Science

Interview by Mark Kemp, Harp, December 2006

Whackv.tr.1. To strike (someone or something) with a sharp blow; slap.2. Slang: To kill deliberately; murder.n.1. A sharp, swift blow.2. The sound made by a ...

Aimee Mann: Avalon Theatre, Los Angeles, CA

Live Review by Steven R Rosen, Harp, December 2006

LIKE HER voice itself, Aimee Mann's Christmas concert – her first of what promises to be an annual event – in L.A. was winningly straightforward ...

The Hoodoo Gurus: Be My Guru: Back to Bedrock with Stoneage Romeos the Hoodoo Gurus

Retrospective and Interview by Fred Mills, Harp, January 2007

THANKSGIVING EVE, 1984: Your future Harp correspondent is front and center at a packed Charlotte, NC, punk club, literally hanging on to the monitor of ...

Oasis: Noel Gallagher of Oasis

Interview by Jaan Uhelszki, Harp, January 2007

OASIS MAJORDOMO Noel Gallagher is turning back the clock. Not just because he’s staring at the specter of turning 40, but because he and his ...

The Ettes: Joli Rouge, Asheville

Live Review by Fred Mills, Harp, January 2007

L.A.-BASED three-piece the Ettes surfaced last year with their official full-length debut Shake the Dust, issued by the ever-reliably maverick label Sympathy For the Record ...

The dBs, Mitch Easter, Sneakers: The dB's, Mitch Easter and Sneakers: Bowery Ballroom, New York, NY

Live Review by Jason Gross, Harp, January 2007

THOUGH CAROLINA-to-Hoboken legends the dB's already had their first reunion gigs at Maxwell's in Hoboken last fall, this Gotham show was their big coming-out party, ...

Ry Cooder: His Name is Cooder

Interview by Jeff Tamarkin, Harp, March 2007

WHEN RY Cooder received a doctored photo in the mail, of a red cat in the guise of Leadbelly, he knew he had found a ...

Arcade Fire: Thomas Wolfe Auditorium, Asheville, NC

Live Review by Fred Mills, Harp, May 2007

WHAT A difference a couple of years makes. Or do they? ...

Joe Boyd Discusses His Book, White Bicycles: Making Music in the 1960s

Interview by Fred Mills, Harp, May 2007

AMERICAN-BORN, England-based producer Joe Boyd, who discovered Nick Drake, Fairport Convention and the Incredible String Band, oversaw key recordings by Pink Floyd, R.E.M. and others ...

Rufus Wainwright: Central Park Summerstage, New York, NY

Live Review by Kandia Crazy Horse, Harp, July 2007

FOR SOME of us, storming and misinformation almost derailed Rufus Wainwright's first Gotham appearance since his spring residency at the Gramercy Theatre. Yet it's a ...

Manu Chao: Manu, That’s Who

Interview by Jeff Tamarkin, Harp, September 2007

"THERE IS only one thing I still don’t understand," Manu Chao says the day after his triumphant Bonnaroo set and not long after an equally ...

Robert Gordon: (Still) Red Hot

Retrospective and Interview by Fred Mills, Harp, September 2007

IN 1977 a skinny young man with a gravity defying pompadour and a room-filling, Elvis-worthy voice kicked off his solo career with the old Billy ...

Nick Lowe: World Trade Center Plaza, NYC

Live Review by Steven R Rosen, Harp, September 2007

IN CONCERT, Nick Lowe sings with such a sweet-tempered, smooth-voiced, country-tinged nonchalance – a modern-day Eddy Arnold – that the clever wordplay of his lyrics ...

Bettye LaVette: Highline Ballroom, New York, NY

Live Review by Kandia Crazy Horse, Harp, September 2007

WAKING UP every morning now with the Blues, so catching the divine Lady Bettye LaVette's recent Manhattan show at the Highline was a foregone conclusion. ...

Pylon: Everything Is Cool: Form Followed Function For Athens Postpunk Legends Pylon

Retrospective and Interview by Fred Mills, Harp, December 2007

CARRBORO, N.C., 1980: An enthusiastic new wave crowd, including your future Harp correspondent, jams into a tiny club in Carrboro (near Chapel Hill) called The ...

Peter Bjorn and John: Bogart's, Cincinnati

Live Review by Steven R Rosen, Harp, December 2007

MAYBE IT'S a Bjorn thing, but the audience at Bogarts in Cincinnati had trouble figuring Peter Bjorn And John out. ...

Joanna Newsom: Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York NY

Live Review by Jason Gross, Harp, March 2008

IF ANYTHING, folkie singer/harpist Joanna Newsom's recent live shows with strings answer the question of whether her new music (featuring 10-15 minute songs) is ambitious ...

Kathy Mattea: Station Inn, Nashville

Live Review by Holly Gleason, Harp, March 2008

IT'S AMAZING how expansive Kathy Mattea's old leaves and fall rainwater alto can be. With just a few acoustic guitar notes cascading around her on ...

k.d. lang: kd lang: Kravis Center, West Palm Beach, FL

Live Review by Holly Gleason, Harp, March 2008

KD LANG WALKED onstage, guitar on her back and glided effortlessly into 'Upstream', a song about the nature of life, the struggle of human nature ...

Cowboy Junkies: The Cowboy Junkies: A Holy Ghost Feeling

Interview by Fred Mills, Harp, March 2008

CHARLOTTE, NC, 1990: The Cowboy Junkies have just taken the stage of Spirit Square, an old church renovated into a performance venue. ...

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