KT Tunstall and the Fear of Vulnerability

Scotland-born KT Tunstall had her two most recognizable hits right out of the gate with the singles “Suddenly I See” and “Black Horse and the Cherry Tree” from her 2004 debut album, “Eye to the Telescope.” And while those hits have become the signature songs in her catalog, perhaps the most important work she has done would come eight years later with the release of 2013’s “Invisible Empire//Crescent Moon.”

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You're Doing it Wrong: Welcome to the DMMC

Despite what a few of its more persecution complex-laden members will try and tell you, I'm actually a huge fan of the Des Moines Music Coalition. The DMMC has transformed Des Moines in the summer, with 80/35 becoming a genuine premiere event in the state and, with the Gross Domestic Product and Little BIG Fest events in the spring and fall (to say nothing of the 80/35 free stages), the DMMC has created some of the biggest local music showcases in the city as well. However, a big part of loving something is being honest about it. Being able to see where the flaws are is an integral part of growing and improving over time. So when I have been willing in the past to say "this could be different," it has come from a place of genuine interest, rather than malice. Because, again, big fan.

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Beach Boys' Mike Love Talks Brian Wilson, Lawsuits, and if He's Really the Biggest Asshole in Rock

It can be easy to forget how great the Beach Boys were. People remember the fun-loving surfer sound, and they remember the album “Pet Sounds.” But when discussing the greatest bands of all time, it is the rare person who will toss the Beach Boys name in alongside acts like The Who and the Rolling Stones. Not because they do not belong on the list (they do), but because something about their legacy has not seemed to endure in the same way as the other great bands have.

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