Music News, Reviews and Commentary for April 17

Here is what’s happening today, updated as often as possible: NorthJersey.com offers reviews from the Associated Press and The Philadelphia Inquirer of work from Counting Crows, Monica, Bonnie Raitt and Loudon Wainwright III…The Washington Post calls Rebecca Pigeon’s sixth album, Slighshot, “dark and enchanting”…Kevin Puts won a Pulitzer Prize for music for Silent Night: Opera in Two Acts…Woody Guthrie’s music lives on, according to a story at The Republic (of Columbus, Indiana)…Screenwriter Melissa Webster likes old fashioned record stores…Splash.FM, which this GigaOm story describes as a social networking site for music, is live…In a short video at Singersroom, Andre Harrell, CEO of Harrell Records, says that the music business still is the place to be…Justin Kantor reviews The Very Best of T.S.O.B. Records, which features music from 1980 to 1982. TSOB stands for The Sounds of Brooklyn…I don’t know who Tracy Lawrence is, but I feel bad for him nonetheless…The first artists for the North Coast Music Festival set for Chicago over Labor Day Weekend have been announced…The Bellingham (WA) Herald posted PopMatter’s reviews of albums by Spiritualized, Moonface, Our Lady Peace, Horse Feathers and Dar Williams…Eighty-year-old country singer George Jones had to cancel shows in Minnesota and South Dakota due to an upper respiratory illness…According to Time magazine and last.fm, Atlanta now is the leader in oveerall music trends. Atlanta also led in hip hop and Montreal in indie trends.

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