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Stephen Chopek: Daring to Listen to the Unspoken Hopes

Stephen Chopek is a drummer’s drummer who has made a name as a Memphis sideman over recent years, but that’s not the...

Advice from Midnight Sound Services: How to Tame a Hedonist

Years ago, the drummer in a band I used to play in brought over his homemade “Dreamachine,” a low-budget stroboscopic...

James Godwin Serves Up Homemade Musical Gumbo with...

Most Memphians know James Godwin by his first name, as in James & the Ultrasounds. (Full disclosure: I was an...

Dan Penn’s Latest: Timeless Lyrics Skip Over the Placid...

Dan Penn knows a bit about suffering and joy. Since he began writing songs and producing at Fame Studios in Florence,...

Richard Wilson’s Moody Classicism Delivers Sparse...

Richard Wilson grew up in the U.K. and began writing songs in the new wave era, but you wouldn’t guess it from the...

William Luke White’s Triumphant Return to Music

Whether you knew it or not, Luke White has probably been a fixture in some of your favorite Memphis bands. He’s...

Dirty Streets Live Platter Takes You Back to Pounding...

Don’t sleep on the Streets! Good advice in any context, but in this case it means keep Dirty Streets, the band, on...

The Lost Worlds of JCR Records: Bible & Tire Rescues...

It’s fitting, given that September is Gospel Music Heritage Month, that today marks the release of another stellar...

Aquarian Blood Digs Deeper With Decoys

Last fall, we reviewed a record that marked an abrupt change of pace for one-time psych-punks Aquarian Blood. A Love...

Mark Edgar Stuart’s Folk Beef: It’s What’s for Dinner

For all the “folk” in its title, Memphis songsmith Mark Edgar Stuart’s just-released EP Folk Beef boasts more...