<p>Kristofferson will team up with Merle Haggard to play the Holland Center Saturday night </p>Open Highwayman

Most people would consider Kris Kristofferson’s accomplishments as a songwriter and musician enough to qualify his as one hell of a life well-lived. But Kristofferson has succeeded at everything he’s tried in his life, whether it be acting (Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia, Convoy, The Wendell Baker Story), sports (he achieved success in boxing, track and field, rugby and football),...

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<p>Drive By Truckers </p>Truckers’ Narrator

Drive-By Truckers’ Patterson Hood has garnered a well-earned reputation for his songwriting by telling detail-rich accounts of southern rock, methamphetamine addiction and George Wallace's final damnation, among other things. So when the Reader was offered a chance to send Hood some questions, we jumped at the chance to crawl into one of rock ‘n’ roll’s most literate minds. Here's...

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It’s True spills release show details

* Mark April 2 on your calendar because it's going to be the show of the spring. Queens of the Stone Age are playing the Sokol Auditorium, 2234 S. 13th St., as part of a run-of-date celebrating the re-issue of their long out-of-print self-titled debut album. The show will feature entire albums, non-album cuts from that era and hits from the rest of the band's catalogue, according to a release...

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Hotter Than a Pistol

Listen once to Smith Westerns' Dye It Blonde to pick out all the reference points, then listen some more for the gleeful abandon evident as this young Chicago band makes The Beatles, T. Rex, Brit-pop, David Bowie and power-pop signifiers in their own slapdash image. Guitarist Max Kakacek doesn't dodge those influence questions, but instead admits that he's more drawn to songs than certain bands...

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Lee Terry: Indie rock ... connoisseur?

* Back when I wrote for another publication in town, I briefly did a short column of live concert reviews succinctly titled Show Notes. After two major sold-out shows this weekend, it’s maybe time to revisit the concept. On Wednesday, I checked in on the sold-out Slowdown, 729 N. 14th St., for Interpol. The moody New Yorkers picked songs mostly from their indie records, leaving songs from their...

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Found at Sea: How indie band Tennis’ debut was born on waves

While they were learning to survive at sea, the thought of making music — or making an album for that matter — never crossed the minds of Patrick Riley and Alaina Moore, the indie pop duo known as Tennis. The story began when the Denver refugees bought a boat in Tampa Bay and set off into the Atlantic, sailed along the East Coast, then to the Bahamas for the winter, then back up the U.S....

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