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January 20, 2017 - On this night of the presidential inauguration, Dave Alvin could have easily and conveniently filled his between song patter with snarky remarks about the new president, who is not a big favorite among artists.... »»»
January 20, 2017 - The Lumineers continued their Cleopatra World Tour with an energetic performance. For some attendees, the only wet-blanket moment were the political references. Some were more subtle, like in middle... »»»
January 14, 2017 - Nearly a week before the inauguration President-elect Donald Trump, Lucinda Williams served notice she's set on counting her blessings (opening her concert with "Blessed"), and determined... »»»
December 18, 2016 - The more things change - and in the case of Lori McKenna, that's a really good thing - the more they remain the same. Not only is that also a really good thing for McKenna, but also her fans.... »»»
November 30, 2016 - Shortly before performing Merle Haggard's downer Christmas song, "If We Make It Through December," Over The Rhine co-leader Linford Detweiler remarked how his wife (and other half of OTR)... »»»
November 13, 2016 - After Keith Urban scorched a version of "Days Go By," a man in his mid-50s in a Led Zeppelin T shirt said to his rhinestone clad lady friend, "This is not country music, that guy's a rock star.... »»»
November 10, 2016 - Once upon a time, Lydia Loveless was part of the country, maybe alt.-country movement, but over time the Ohio-based singer has strayed further from those roots. That was made ever more clear by her... »»»
November 10, 2016 - If you're looking for Cole Swindell tickets for his Down Home III tour, they are at best scarce. Walk ups to the box office were met with dual oversized, all caps, bold font "Sold Out"... »»»
October 30, 2016 - What a difference a year makes. Last year, Toronto-based band The Strumbellas played an area club before a grand total of a dozen people. Times certainly have changed for the sextet because they sold... »»»
October 26, 2016 - Pittsburgh can now count on two country shows at Heinz Field each year. Kenny Chesney, of course and the more intimate "Girls With Guitars." The latter is played indoors in a club lounge area... »»»