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Heyrocco’s DARK SUMMER: EP Review

Heyrocco’s DARK SUMMER: EP Review

Charleston Trio Heyrocco Just Keeps Getting Better Guys. Let’s get serious for a minute. You know that album you listen to with the windows down and sunroof open, winter weather be damned? Yeah? Hit the eject button and switch to Heyrocco’s Dark Summer for a few. This four-song EP, a selection of tunes from a […]

Album Review: Dreams of the San Joaquin

Album Review: Dreams of the San Joaquin

When I was seventeen, my grandfather drove my sister and me across the country to California as a graduation present. This was the year of my musical awakening—the age when I discovered there was more to the wide world than what played on the Top Forty radio. My parents had raised us with a healthy […]

The Avett Brothers sand down their sound with ‘The Carpenter’ – Album Review

The Avett Brothers sand down their sound with ‘The Carpenter’ – Album Review

Last month, the Avett Brothers popped up on my TV performing their newest single, “Live and Die.” Clasping my hands together with joy, I marveled about how adorable they looked together, how great they sounded, how much I loved that dang banjo.  I was floating on an Avett-lined cloud for a solid thirty seconds – […]

Old Crow Medicine Show Gets Carried Away

Old Crow Medicine Show Gets Carried Away

One night in the early ‘00s, the legendary Doc Watson stumbled across a group of good-lookin’ cats playing old-timey music in front of a pharmacy in North Carolina, and immediately shipped them off to Merlefest. In 2004 they knocked the nation off our feet with their self-titled debut album. It opened with a fiery hot […]

Strong Debut from Gabriel Kelley – It Don’t Come Easy

Strong Debut from Gabriel Kelley – It Don’t Come Easy

If moving forward in music is scary—forging new paths, creating new sounds and genres—then looking back must be terrifying. That fear over the path you’ve chosen, even if it’s through previously charted lands, must be crippling. After all, we’ve moved on as listeners into a new age, and we tend to do so every few […]

Bear Creek: Carlile’s Biggest Splash

Bear Creek: Carlile’s Biggest Splash

By: Isaac Darnall For years, Brandi Carlile’s voice has been stopping millions of people dead in their tracks. It first hit in 2005, wildly ambitious, fresh off the streets of Seattle where it had been busking overtime to pay the rent. It dared to summon echoes of the superhuman Matt Belamy—no small feat, but a […]

Hank Williams, Jr. — “Old School, New Rules”

Hank Williams, Jr. — “Old School, New Rules”

By: Gillian McClellan If one were to scroll through my Twitter page, they might be disappointed to find there isn’t much substance. Half of it is a testament to my hopelessly-single-girl obsession with my future wedding, while the other half consists of my feeble attempts at being clever.  Regardless, one of my most compelling gems of […]

Jason Myles Goss Hits a High Note with Radio Dial

Jason Myles Goss Hits a High Note with Radio Dial

In 2003, Jason Myles Goss released his debut album, Long Way Down, a sort of budding-college-freshman ode to the amazement of puppy love, or an amateur Dave Matthews Band meets Jason Miraz. Now, nine years later, you have to listen pretty close to Radio Dial to know it’s the same singer. Goss’ vocals—and songs—have emigrated […]

French Camp’s Self-Titled Debut Is Intense and Inventive

French Camp’s Self-Titled Debut Is Intense and Inventive

Brooklyn-based quartet French Camp recently released its self-titled debut album, a collection of tunes that pull inspiration from some of my favorite genres and styles.  This means, of course, that I love every song for different reasons, but there is one prevailing technique carried through the record that cements my regard and respect for the […]

Foggy Mountain Special: A Tribute to Earl Scruggs – Review

Foggy Mountain Special: A Tribute to Earl Scruggs – Review

by: Alan Morgan It was a sad day when the music world heard about the passing of banjo master Earl Scruggs on March 28th, 2012.  Musicians and fans from all different musical backgrounds were saddened by the loss of one of the most innovative instrumentalists this world has ever seen. Now, in the weeks following […]

The Brothers Comatose – “Respect The Van”

The Brothers Comatose – “Respect The Van”

String bands are so prevalent these days that if you stand on any street corner in this country and throw a rock you just might hit one. Hailing from San Francisco, the Brothers Comatose are not just any old string band. Their latest and second full-length, Respect The Van, finds this exceptional quintet (brothers Alex […]

Alabama Shakes – “Boys & Girls” – (ATO)

Alabama Shakes – “Boys & Girls” – (ATO)

“Retro Soul” was a label that got thrown around a lot after Alabama Shakes’ 2011 EP (of which all three songs are included in this album).  Listening to those songs, it’s understandable, but with Boys & Girls, the band makes it clear that while there are plenty of influences (blues, soul, etc.), it’s all filtered […]

Justin Townes Earle “Nothing’s Gonna Change the Way You Feel about Me Now” – (Bloodshot)

Justin Townes Earle “Nothing’s Gonna Change the Way You Feel about Me Now” – (Bloodshot)

In the midst of strong reviews of his last album, Harlem River Blues, Justin Townes Earle made the kind of splash he undoubtedly did not want to make.  For various reasons, Earle entered re-hab (again) for drug addiction.  I mention this mainly as a reference point for the songwriting on the album.  While there are […]

The New Standard by Which All Other Albums Will Be Judged – Maple Ridge by Swear and Shake

The New Standard by Which All Other Albums Will Be Judged – Maple Ridge by Swear and Shake

I’d heard a few sneak peek tracks of Maple Ridge and knew that something special was coming. With the release of These White Walls, the first single from the record, I could already tell that Swear and Shake had upped their game considerably. I thought I was adequately prepared for the remaining songs, but I […]