Jerad Walker

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In recent years, Deer Tick has earned a reputation as a sort of Jekyll and Hyde live act.

Matt Dorrien audibly shifts in his chair, his feet pushing onto the pedals of a piano, as the opening chords of "Baby I'm So Lost" ring out. It's a simplistic, purposefully plodding introduction that's unusual in its total disregard of modern pop convention. But like most interesting things, patience is rewarded here. A beautifully broken love song slowly unfurls, complete with sad sack vocals and dueling clarinets that could close any dive-y lounge down.

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When Sunflower Bean released Human Ceremony in 2016, a lot of ears perked u

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The late soul revivalist Charles Bradley's ample musical gifts were exceeded by his

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On a hazy Saturday morning in Oregon this past summer, Courtney Marie Andrews took the Woods Stage at Pickathon just outside Portland, Ore.

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This week we present the first episode from the 2017-2018 Pickathon Woods Series.

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Patrick Watson's Friday night set at Pickathon 2016 was a hell of a thing to behold.

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Meet Daniel Norgren.

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