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Music, Change of Heart

Change of Heart

M. Ward is tinkering with his acoustic guitar onstage at the Great American Music Hall. The small crowd -- which, like Ward, is seated -- looks up at him with an air of quiet curiosity. The singer, alone among mike…
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Music, Howe

Howe

Over the past 20 years Giant Sand's dodgy genius Howe Gelb has released an equal number of albums of fractured Americana. Except for a few brief major label flirtations, Gelb's works have been confined to small labels and his own…
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Lick and a Promise

Richard Buckner Devotion & Doubt (MCA) Ever get a promise from a rock song? No, not "We're gonna have ourselves a rock 'n' roll party tonite!" A quiet promise, a subtle one. A hint of something not quite there, of…
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Get Your Bearings

With more than 700 bands and 5,000 registrants for the four-day South by Southwest (SXSW) music conference March 13-16, the airplanes shuttled between Dallas and Austin, Texas, like water buckets in a fire line. But on Wednesday afternoon, March 12,…
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Hear This

Giant Sand Settling to the bottom of a slow-tempo bill like a desert toad in a fish tank full of molasses, Giant Sand's unassuming, off-the-cuff music may have found its perfect niche. Howe Gelb and his inconstant lineup of backing…
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Recordings

Giant Sand Volume One: Official Bootleg Series (Epiphany) "Come watch us fail," chirps the fine cover print -- a rather low-key plea for attention for a live album. Equally low-key is my fondness for Giant Sand, but fond I am.…
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