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Luke Elliot – Death of a Widow – (Yerbird Records)

Luke Elliot – Death of a Widow – (Yerbird Records)

You don’t so much listen to Luke Elliot’s music as you absorb it — almost like a steaming aural shower that washes over you, and it stings a bit. The second release from Connecticut singer/songwriter (and fixture on the NYC performance circuit) is the five-song EP Death of a Widow, which features a full-on barrage […]

Black Crowes to Release Double Album & Hit the Road

Black Crowes to Release Double Album & Hit the Road

Commemorating the 20th anniversary of their landmark multi-platinum debut, 1990’s Shake Your Moneymaker, The Black Crowes are set to release their first-ever double album of all acoustic material, Croweology. Due out Tuesday, August 3, 2010 via the band’s label (Silver Arrow through Megaforce Records), it features new arrangements of 20 of their best-loved songs and […]

Gaelic Storm – Cabbage – (Lost Again Records)

Gaelic Storm – Cabbage – (Lost Again Records)

Gaelic Storm’s new album Cabbage is about as summery as it can get for a band whose members hail from the rainiest islands on earth. With a pinch of tropical drums for heat and a liberal splash of rum (or whiskey, whichever you’re feeling) the album yields a heady cocktail that tests the versatility of […]

Those Darlins Summer/Fall Tour Schedule

Those Darlins Summer/Fall Tour Schedule

Here’s their full schedule through the first of October, so you have no excuses not to get out and see these snaggle-tooth mamas kick some serious ass at a dive bar, road house, or art museum (?) near you. C’mon, you know you want to see ’em live and in person! Maybe Kelley will jump […]

Spotlight on Megan McCormick – “Honest Words”

Spotlight on Megan McCormick – “Honest Words”

Out of the wilds of Idaho and Alaska, Megan McCormick has settled in Nashville. Her fiery debut, Honest Words, hits you from the opener, “Shiver”, a down-and-dirty song of obsession and addiction, and never lets up. McCormick packs quite a punch with her gorgeous and powerful voice (somewhere between Ann Wilson and Bonnie Raitt), a […]

Jim Avett Talks About Family, Nashville, New CD "Tribes"

Jim Avett Talks About Family, Nashville, New CD "Tribes"

When asked about his plans for Father’s Day, Jim Avett simply said, “Not a thing. There’s nothing special about Father’s Day as far as I’m concerned. I get the gift of being a daddy every day.” If you’re ever lucky enough to spend an hour talking with this man, you’ll realize that every day really […]

Katzenjammer “Le Pop” Nettwerk Records

Katzenjammer “Le Pop” Nettwerk Records

Being new to the world of album reviews, I decided to just write whatever popped into my head while listening to Le Pop for the first time (not unlike anything else I write, ever). So: I generally love things with bells and accordion-sounding instruments, so this sounds really promising from moment one, and very eclectic, […]

Win Free Copies of Mary Chapin Carpenter’s New CD!

Win Free Copies of Mary Chapin Carpenter’s New CD!

We love Mary Chapin Carpenter’s new CD, The Age of Miracles. Judging by the emails we’ve gotten here and the many comments over at our No Depression page, fans are also excited. In case you missed it, people are saying wonderful things about her music: …a mostly quiet album, yet luckily free from melancholy navel-gazing. […]

Jack Rose with D Charles Speer & the Helix “Ragged and Right” Thrill Jockey

Jack Rose with D Charles Speer & the Helix “Ragged and Right” Thrill Jockey

In the spring of 2008, post-Takoma, American primitive guitarist Jack Rose set off on a tour with D Charles Speer and the Helix.  Along the way, they listened to a lot of Three Track Shack era Link Wray – especially the songs “Scorpio Woman” and his version of “In the Pines.”  Rose was so excited […]

12 Questions with Derek Hoke

12 Questions with Derek Hoke

Twelve is an iconic number. There were the 12 Tribes of Israel, there are 12 eggs in a dozen, and 12-step programs. Twelve is also a sublime mathematical number, there are 12 signs of the zodiac, 12 disciples of Christ, 12 months in a year, 12 strikes to a perfect game in bowling . . […]

John McEuen | Nitty Gritty Dirt Band – “Workingman’s Banjo”

John McEuen | Nitty Gritty Dirt Band – “Workingman’s Banjo”

No doubt, John McEuen is a lot of things to a lot of people.  He’s a multi-instrumentalist, founding member of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, solo artist, producer, documentarian, film scorer, concert promoter, and XM radio host.  In addition to being a husband and father of six, he’s also a close friend of Steve Martin, […]

Billboard Features Jewel’s Cover of Neil Young’s “The Needle and the Damage Done”

Billboard Features Jewel’s Cover of Neil Young’s “The Needle and the Damage Done”

Jewel covers Neil Young In support of her new album, Sweet and Wild, and as part of this week’s Mashup Mondays series on Billboard.com, Jewel covered Neil Young’s “The Needle and the Damage Done.” Jewel “puts a feminine, breathy, melancholy-but-gentle twist on the Canadian rock legend’s track.” Listen closely because Jewel’s otherworldly good looks can […]

NBC News Anchor Brian Williams A Big Deer Tick Fan

NBC News Anchor Brian Williams A Big Deer Tick Fan

BREAKING NEWS! This just in, NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams is a huge Deer Tick fan — he considers them to be “a great band.” (OK, so this isn’t “breaking news” — we just couldn’t resist.) Back in April, Williams interviewed Deer Tick on MSNBC’s “BriTunes”, Williams’ own music video channel. He’s saluted iTunes […]

SxSW 2010 DAY THREE

SxSW 2010 DAY THREE

also see: DAY ONE | DAY TWO | DAY THREE | DAY FOUR As I blog about last night’s SxSW shows, it is 43 degrees, windy, gray and rainy outside.  Forty-three degrees? I thought this was supposed to be Texas!  I’m thinking I’m going to cover lots of indoor shows tonight. I spent much of […]