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This week has some notable new releases from some noteworthy artists. On this week’s MUSICcast we’ll hear samples of new music from Clues (featuring members of Arcade Fire), Deerhunter, Grizzly Bear, Steve Earle and a great new band called Cave. This is a rockin’ summer mix I hope you enjoy.

Well, after months of anticipation and trepidation (what?) we begin the annual Riverbend Festival on Chattanooga’s scenic riverfront. On this week’s MUSICcast, Casey Phillips and I will discuss what we’re looking forward to this year. It should be a great event and I hope you enjoy it. I know I will...despite the heat.

This week’s MUSICcast is an introduction to one of my favorite singer/songwriters. Bruce Cockburn (pronounced CO-BURN) is a guitarist and songwriter from Canada. His body of work is 26 full-length albums strong, yet he remains somewhat of an obscurity in the United States. Many of his songs are political or spiritual in context (Bruce is a Christian), but all are filtered through the mind of a consummate poet . This MUSICcast will feature a few songs from his 1984 album “Stealing Fire” and a few songs from a 1993 concert. Enjoy.

Chattanooga’s Nightfall concert-series is set to begin this evening in Miller Park downtown.

Sure, you can keep your Hootie & the Blowfish albums and your Led Zeppelin in the car for summertime jamming, but why not delve deeper and search for some new music to be the soundtrack of your Summer. Here’s where I come In. This week’s MUSICcast features some great new tunes from some excellent new albums...and one older album that was recently reissued.

I did a Richard Thompson primer as a MUSICcast several months ago and this time I thought it would interesting to introduce or reintroduce you to another favorite of mine, Warren Zevon. We lost Warren in 2004 but his personality lives on in songs like “werewolves of London” and “ Ronald the headless Thompson gunner.” Check out this mix of live Zevon and let me know what you think about this great artist.

The New Binkley Brothers are possibly my favorite local band. They pay homage to the music of our region, but do so in a young, fresh and ultimately modern way. Matt Downer, Clark Williams & Daniel Binkley are talented musicians who are welcome in Studio ‘99 anytime. On this week’s MUSICcast, we have a few songs from a 2-hour session recorded in Studio ‘99 at the Times Free Press.

Our own staff writer/entertainment reporter, Casey Phillips, has embarked on a journey to obtain a greater knowledge of music.

No, I’m not making a playlist to signify we’re about to be thrust into another Great Depression. Nor am I suggesting that our current economic situation is anything like it was in the 1930’s. This playlist is, simply, a look back at some great songs from a very sad time in American history.

Seriously, why is Spring being such a wuss? 70 degrees one day, then the next it’s literally freezing. Thank goodness there is still some great music to be had out there. This week’s MUSICcast is a look at some of my favorite “new” music that has been released recently.

This week’s MUSICcast features Asheville, NC’s Due Panic. This 3-piece outfit has been described as atmospheric and ethereal. There is a heavy dose of pop sensibility as well. This is good stuff. Listen to the podcast online and find out more about Due Panic at their website: duepanic.com.

Well, this week’s MUSICcast was supposed to be a celebration of Spring with sunshine, puppies (?), love and things green. Unfortunately, the dark clouds moved in mid-week and put a damper on what was, up to that point, a beautiful first few days of Spring. Despite the weather, I’d still like to share with you some of favorite “springy” songs.

Have you ever been or hear of a hootenanny? Well, if not, let me tell you about it: a hootenanny is a gathering of musicians with various instruments and talent levels, typically at a location like ..say...a porch. The musicians get together and just play and have a good time, solely for the enjoyment of that single moment in time.

March is roaring in like a lion with lots of new music being released. On this MUSICcast, we’ll take a listen to some brand-new tunes. A set list is below. Drop me a line if you enjoy what you hear or have any music we should check out.

I was asked recently if I could choose just one artist/band to listen to at any given time, who would it be? My answer was, to no surprise to anyone who knows me, Richard Thompson. To me, RT (what his fans call him) represents everything good about music: his style, work-ethic, catalog, songwriting and his proficiency on the guitar, my god, all make him that much more enjoyable.

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