In a scene oversaturated with bands mining the 1960s, Shannon and the Clams manage to stand out in stark contrast to their peers. That's partly because their songwriting is simple and strong, but mostly because of Shannon Shaw's powerful, soulfully melodic and emotionally gripping voice. Shaw sounds ... More >>
From blues to kiddie core, the year 2001 was an odyssey in local music. Backbeat writers remember the best.
Backbeat writers revisit their favorite albums of the year.
Paula Frazer artfully crosses the country divide with Tarnation. As a solo artist, she sticks more to the shadows.
So...How's Your Girl?
Ralph Carney, Charlie Haden Quartet West, Enemymine, Styx