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Natalie Maines: Dixie Chicks Singer Still Unforgiven by Zealots

Robert Earl Keen has a new album of bluegrass songs, “Happy Prisoner,” which features a duet with Natalie Maines on the 19th-century folk classic “Wayfaring Stranger.” The song premiered yesterday on The Wall Street Journal’s Speakeasy blog, where it generated a dozen comments, including one from “Terry O’” that read, “Good track, but I still cannot forget what Maines thinks of…

Hackwriting

How Not to Write Like a Hack

So, you want to be an entertainment reporter. You love music, movies, TV, celebrity slap-fights or whatever, and you’re convinced that your life’s work should involve discussing them in public, for as wide an audience as you can reach. Excellent. It’s a fun job. Here’s how not to suck at it: Don’t write like an entertainment reporter.

Join the navy? Not if Rihanna is commanding officer

It used to be that Kiss had an army, Grateful Dead aficionados were Deadheads and, sometime later, fans of Insane Clown Posse were known as Juggalos. Everyone else who liked a band was just a fan. Now everybody’s fanbase has a name, for which we can probably blame Clay Aiken and his “Claymates.” Justin Bieber fans are Beliebers, Lady Gaga…

Communist Daughter tells Spinner about new EP, ‘Lions & Lambs’

When I first wrote about Minneapolis band Communist Daughter for Listen, Dammit, back in 2010, I made a mean-spirited comment about former Son Volt member Dave Boquist, who contributed to Communist Daughter’s breathtaking debut, “Soundtrack to the End.” It didn’t take long for singer Johnny Solomon to send me an e-mail saying he didn’t appreciate it the crack about Boquist.…