Christian Schaeffer

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  • 1 year ago | Profiles

    It's safe to say that no one else has had the kind of musical career that Randy Newman has. He began as a behind-the-scenes songwriter, penning hits for singers such as Jerry Butler and Irma Thomas. Despite unassuming looks, a froggy, drawling del...

  • 4 years ago | Music News

    With movie-star good looks and a knack for alternating hushed and forceful harmonies, it's no surprise that Joy Williams and John Paul White of the Civil Wars have been playing to sold-out crowds on their cross-country tours (including this date a...

  • 10 years ago | Music News

    There's a darkness on the edge of Lucero's town. The foursome comes from Memphis, which seems a million miles away from the golden smile of Nashville -- at least in light of the act's defiantly titled new album, Nobody's Darlings. On the disc, Luc...

  • 10 years ago | Music News

    John Vanderslice has always brought a cinematic flair to his storytelling techniques. His best songs double as short films, with enough of a story line to get you hooked, and enough mystery to keep you guessing. Pixel Revolt uses these juxtapositi...

  • 11 years ago | Music News

    "Fuckin' A" may be the most wonderfully ridiculous expletive around these days. Is it self-censorship of that unutterable "A"? And what the hell is the "A," anyhow? Perplexing. But given that the Thermals may be the most wonderfully ridiculous pun...