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Darlingside: Indie Folk Plus Cello Equals ‘Lush Musical World’

Robb Stey

Remember the great quartet harmonies of the Grand Ol' Opry, with all four singers leaning in close to a single microphone? Picture that same arrangement but with one of them playing a cello and you have an idea of how the band known as Darlingside performs.

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Call of the Wolf: Los Lobos Thrives By Crossing Genres and Honoring Tradition

The Los Lobos Ban

"What kind of music do you like?"

 "Oh, Randy Newman. Fairport Convention. Ry Cooder. You?"

It's not an unusual conversation for two high-school kids in the 1970s, except that these two pickers were Chicano and lived in the hotbed of traditional Mexican music that was East Los Angeles. "We’re looking at each other like, 'You like this stuff?'" drummer Louie Perez recalls. "I thought I was the only weird one.'

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The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band: Classic Cuts at the Speed of Life [PHOTOS]

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

One school of thought says that if you start out your musical career scrounging unpaid club gigs as the Illegitimate Jug Band, you've got no place to go but up. (This was in Long Beach, California, in the mid 1960s.)

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Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes: Funking Beyond the Call of Duty

Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes

Celebrating their 13th anniversary as a band has been far from unlucky for Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes. Among the group's many recent plaudits is a rave from music reviewer Adam Pitluk of the widely circulated American Airlines magazine: "The best live show I've seen in New Orleans in 15 years."

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