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Jay Farrar (front) formed Son Volt in 1994 after the break up of Uncle Tupelo, the seminal alt-country rock band that also featured Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy. Publicity image.

Son Volt’s Jay Farrar defines success on his own terms

Boy meets boy. Boys start band. Boys break up. Boys start new bands. That pretty much leads us to today, with Jay Farrar fronting Son Volt, an alt country/Southern rock band with a relatively strong cult following—and there is also the story of the other boy, Jeff Tweedy, who formed Wilco, a band so popular […]

Don’t call El Ten Eleven a math rock band. “My personal favorite label for the band has been ‘power duo’ said Tim Fogarty. “It’s kind of ridiculous but I like it.”

ARTS Pick: El Ten Eleven

No two sounds are the same coming from avant-garde rock act El Ten Eleven. Guitarist Kristian Dunn plucks a unique double-neck that incorporates a standard guitar and a bass, and Tim Fogarty backs him with acoustic and electronic drumming. The duo chooses from an infinite number of guitar pedals and percussive tools in recording layer […]

Modern instrumental jam band Lotus takes over The Jefferson for an extended play.

ARTS Pick: Lotus

Instrumental electronic jam band Lotus built its loyal fan base over a decade by weaving grooves and house rhythms and averaging 100 live shows per year. Known for its genre-bending style, the five-person group fills festivals and concert halls with a combination of dance-worthy beats and joyful rock notes, but the biggest thrill may be […]