Susan Tedeschi didn’t start writing songs just this year. All her albums, save the 2005 covers set Hope And Desire, feature originals, some of them co-written. But Back To The River marks the first time she has ventured into the […]
What’s a willfully against-the-grain stylist like Holly Golightly to do when Amy Winehouse and Duffy take one of her sources of inspiration ’60s girl groups to the mainstream? The answer given on Dirt Don’t Hurt (as well as on her […]
Old Crow Medicine Show have never been the type of band to shy away from rough-and-tumble subject matter such as drug use and grinding poverty, whether in songs written by group members or in 1920s jug-band numbers they’ve made their […]
Unexpected riches — like ordering basic cable but getting just about every channel there is — don’t come too often. For the Waybacks, once is enough. All the San Francisco-based band asked for was a fiddle player. What they got […]
Silver Jews frontman David Berman tends to make origami out of established pop idioms, folding musical pages in on themselves. On the band’s sixth album, he takes the jukebox-is-a-broken-heart’s-best-friend model (a la Waylon Jennings’ “The Wurlitzer Prize”) and turns it […]
No other blues musician channels the essence of Louisiana swamps — all that warm, waterlogged muck and moss drooping from cypress trees — quite like Tab Benoit. He nails it on four songs from this live collection: “Moon Coming Over […]
Who would’ve thought that Tom Petty’s halfway-sinister-sounding rock ‘n’ roll seduction “Cabin Down Below” would make a good bluegrass song? In the Gibson Brothers’ hands, it does. They moved it to a higher key, nudged the tempo a bit, and […]
“If you have become a convenient conduit for sorrow and you suddenly are happy, that doesn’t necessarily make the people who are listening likewise so happy, because they still have their struggles that they’re dealing with.” –Jim White Jim White […]
Two albums in two years is a welcome change for Claire Lynch, from whom so little had been heard either on record or on the road for the last half-decade. Her fetching vocal instrument — high, dulcet and clear, with […]
The members of Black Mountain feel no special obligation to follow a straight-ahead path through a song, or to rein it in at four minutes. In the Future, their second full-length set, even boasts the sixteen-minute “Bright Lights”. Its first […]
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