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What happens to artists who quit? I imagine it’s like taking a carbonated beverage and shaking it up real hard, then having to decide whether or not you’re going to open it up or put it away and wait for things inside to calm down. Pressure. You do stuff, then you quit doing stuff, things build up, then you have to start doing stuff again. Jenn Champion made some very cool stuff with her band Carissa’s Wierd. Then she quit. Then she came back and started S. Her music exudes control and precision and confessional, passionate lyrics. Thing is, she has a lot of stuff to say. I hope she doesn’t quit, again, any time soon. But then, what does quitting mean anyway?

[Photos from The Business Presents in July.]

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Next Year’s Songs Await

My most photographed alt-country recording artist, Sera Cahoone, with her full touring band playing a packed “holiday” show at the Tractor Tavern. It was an evening of hometown heartbreak, saying goodbye to another year, wind storms, power outages and darkened streets, and heavy rains. Inside, it was another performance of sad, sweet songs from her latest record, “Deer Creek Canyon” (Sub Pop, 2012). We heard a few new songs, so perhaps a new record is taking shape.