Singer-songwriter Connie Converse is the indie hipster of the moment in Brooklyn with the release this week of her debut album. Did I mention that Connie Converse is 85 -- if she's even alive?
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I saw sensitivity; my wife saw pretension. I heard rough-hewn Beach Boys; she heard a vocal trick, endlessly repeated. I sensed emotional depth; she registered earnestness and manipulation.
One-man band Bon Iver, aka Justin Vernon, is very likely the only underground phenomenon to ever come out of Eau Claire, Wisconsin....
I refuse to contribute to the gloom by suggesting that you scribble gift cards for free backrubs to your loved ones.
So while we get excited about Conor Oberst and Iron & Wine, can't we make a little room for Maria Muldaur, Irma Thomas, and Taj Mahal without losing street cred? I say "YES!"
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