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Marshall Crenshaw and the Bottle Rockets blow up The Birchmere

Marshall Crenshaw and the Bottle Rockets at The Birchmere on January 30, 2015

             Alchemy, the mythical chemistry by which base elements were transmuted into gold, is a common practice in Virginia. In fact, on any given night at The Birchmere, it happens live on stage, in one of the nation’s most historic...

We Are Family: The Thompsons, Live

The Thompson Family at City Winery on January 30, 2015

Richard Thompson was the reason most of the people in the sold-out house were at City Winery NYC on a cold Thursday night, but Teddy is the Thompson to thank for these shows and the excellent album for which they're spreading the word. Family, produced by Teddy and featuring his...

Making Sunshine with a Little Help from Friends

Alyssa Bonagura and Friends at 3rd & Lindsley on January 30, 2015

The show ended with a crowded stage and The Beatles’ song, “A Little Help from My Friends”.  Perhaps it was a predictable song for an “and Friends” show, but when you have friends (and family) like Alyssa Bonagura, you can get away with a moment of predictability. Bonagura, at 26 years old...

All-Star Bay Area Blues Musicians Rally in Benefit for Paul Geremia & Johnny Harper

maria muldaur, Steve James, and More at Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse on January 28, 2015

Two highly respected bluesmen who've worked tirelessly to support, foster, and master the acoustic blues form and history, Paul Geremia and Juke Joint Johnny Harper have been faced with serious health challenges in recent months.  As Geremia recovers from a stroke suffered last fall and Harper...

Marshall Crenshaw and the Bottle Rockets blow up The Birchmere

Marshall Crenshaw and the Bottle Rockets at The Birchmere on January 30, 2015

We Are Family: The Thompsons, Live

The Thompson Family at City Winery on January 30, 2015

Making Sunshine with a Little Help from Friends

Alyssa Bonagura and Friends at 3rd & Lindsley on January 30, 2015

Suddenly Drinking Alone Don’t Seem So Bad

Tim Bradford at The Dakota Tavern on January 23, 2015

A Wider Stage to Stand On

Gregory Alan Isakov at 3rd & Lindsley on January 21, 2015

Having Fun in "No Fun City"

Yukon Blonde at Biltmore Cabaret on January 15, 2015

Extraordinary Afternoon of Extraordinary Guitars

Dan Lavoie at Club Passim on January 17, 2015