Many kids of my generation pine for a time they never actually knew — a golden era of music — but I feel the opposite way. Because of all the great work our parents and their parents crafted in their youth, we have an endless library to sort through and learn from. We're able to mine bits from all sorts of styles from all different years and make something new.
Girlfriends, a garage-rock trio from the suburbs of Boston, gets that — and gets down on it, too.
Authentic and inspiring, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals' rootsy sound has won the band fans in cities all over the country. Potter's soulful, bluesy voice draws frequent comparisons to Bonnie Raitt and Janis Joplin, and the band has won plenty of awards, from several Boston Music Awards (Album of the Year and Best Female Vocalist of the Year) to a Jammy for Best New Groove.
Nearly everything that happens on Capitol Hill has symbolic meaning. By choosing Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan to deliver the official response to President Obama's State of the Union address Tuesday night, the Republicans are sending the nation two messages about their priorities: Undo much of what Obama has done, but undo it in a civil way.