Musical Highlights of 2013, So Far…

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I've been hearing voices. They've been haunting my earphones, roaring through car stereo speakers, rumbling in the hardwood floor of my living room, rattling the windows of my house.Thom Yorke. David Bowie. Zach Williams. Ashley Cleveland. And more.They've given me a spirit-lifting soundtrack for a new year, helping me move on from the madness of the Oscars, fueling my engine as I engaged the the debate over the movie called Amour, and painting new pictures for me as I invest long … [Read more...]

The most rebellious album I’ve heard all year.

Rebellion. It may be the single most distinctive characteristic of new music, generation after generation. From Chuck Berry to Michael Jackson, from the Rolling Stones to Nirvana, from Madonna to Lady Gaga, from Bob Dylan to Kanye West, each generation’s icons of pop, rock, and hip-hop plan to shake up the status quo with a rebel yell.But the most rebellious thing I’ve ever heard a rock star say appeared in print in 2001. Robert Hilburn of The L.A. Times was interviewing Bono about why New Yo … [Read more...]

Currently Listening To…

I'm listening to a lot of music these days.Today, for instance, I need some inspiring music while I fill out interview questions about Raven's Ladder that have been sent by various bloggers.  (Look, I appreciate your attention to my novel, but please, do everybody a favor and avoid asking the questions that a dozen bloggers have already asked about it. There are so many interesting things we could talk about.)Anyway, I'm enjoying these three new releases... … [Read more...]

My Favorite Music Reviewer Speaks

Andy Whitman, my favorite writer at Paste Magazine, delivered a lecture at the Trinity Arts Conference last week.I missed it. My work schedule prevented me from attending, and it hurt to miss out. Nobody writes about music with more passion than Andy. And few can draw from such a wealth of experience in listening closely. I've discovered a great deal of excellent music from following Andy's journeys. And it is a privilege to call him a friend.God bless him, he just gave me permission to … [Read more...]

Overstreet’s Favorite Recordings: 2007

1. I'm Not There - Original Soundtrack What a marvel: a two-disc marathon of Bob Dylan songs covered by excellent artists, and almost every single attempt is a knockout. There have been a lot of bad covers of Dylan songs. Too many. But in a year when Dylan was everywhere — on the big screen, on the radio, and all over Bryan Ferry's latest record — the soundtrack to Todd Hayne's inspired new film I'm Not There turns out to be a celebration of Dylan that stands above any other tribute to a son … [Read more...]

Robert Plant and Alison Krauss – Raising Sand (2007)

If you haven't heard Raising Sand, you're in for a treat.Who would have thought that we'd ever see the collaboration by Robert Plant and Alison Krauss? Who was bold enough to dream they'd perform songs by Tom Waits and Sam Phillips (the two finest tracks on the album)?Even better, they're joined by guitarist Marc Ribot and drummer Jay Bellerose.And the wizard behind the curtain is T-Bone Burnett, who keeps things turned down to a simmer. He holds the reins on these inspired … [Read more...]


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