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A Conversation about Mumford and Sons—June 5, 2011, The Pageant Saint Louis, MO

A Conversation about Mumford and Sons—June 5, 2011, The Pageant Saint Louis, MO

I get by with a little help from my friend, Sarah, who knows more about Mumford and Sons than I ever will.  She started the conversation, and I just ran with it. Sarah: When The Pageant announced in March that Mumford and Sons would be playing a show in Saint Louis in June, obtaining a […]

A Bittersweet Showing: Big Head Todd and the Monsters (The Uptown Theatre, Napa)

A Bittersweet Showing: Big Head Todd and the Monsters (The Uptown Theatre, Napa)

Big Head Todd and the Monsters played a gig at The Uptown Theatre in Napa on Friday night and it could have been an amazing show. It could have been, but it wasn’t. It’s not because they have lost a step. They haven’t, not even close. Frontman Todd Park Mohr still plays a mean, bluesy, […]

The Wood Brothers “Smoke Ring Halo” (Southern Ground)

The Wood Brothers “Smoke Ring Halo” (Southern Ground)

Just like good Southern cooking, sometimes the most important ingredient is time.  For The Wood Brothers, part of it’s the time they spent growing up together.  Part of it’s the time they spent apart — Oliver fronting the blues-based band King Johnson and Chris as bassist for Jazz-funk trio Medeski, Martin & Wood.   Their collective […]

EP Review: Sidewalk Dave – “Can’t Be Your Friend”

EP Review: Sidewalk Dave – “Can’t Be Your Friend”

Brutal honesty has been a trademark of Sidewalk Dave since their 2009 debut (Songs for Cowards), and on their latest EP, Can’t Be Your Friend, the honesty continues. Brutally. “On my way to Hell, whoah, I’ll be kicking myself / On my way down that dark well, oh well,” sings Dave VanWitt on “On My […]

Album Review of The Waifs: Temptation

Album Review of The Waifs: Temptation

Born in a spirit of independence, the Australian folk rock band The Waifs have toured the world, since their formation in 1992, and made their special style of music, on their own terms and in their own way. The Waifs, whose core members are Sisters Vikki Thorn and Donna Simpson together with Josh Cunningham, produce […]

Album Review: Colin Hay – “Gathering Mercury” – (Compass)

Album Review: Colin Hay – “Gathering Mercury” – (Compass)

Forever known as the lead singer-songwriter of the iconic ’80s band Men At Work, Colin Hay has been cranking out solo records for nearly a quarter century. Gathering Mercury is arguably his best work. Tragically, though, the album was inspired and written after the death of Hay’s father. “Dear Father” features one of the most […]

Win Two Disc Set from Smithsonian Folkways Recordings!

Win Two Disc Set from Smithsonian Folkways Recordings!

On April 5th, 2011, Smithsonian Folkways Recordings released two albums to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the first shots of the Civil War at Ft. Sumter. A Treasury of Civil War Songs, performed by Tom Glazer, and Civil War Naval Songs by Dan Milner and Friends feature popular songs from the era representing both Union […]

Alana Amram – Snow Shadows

Alana Amram – Snow Shadows

Alana Amram’s haunting voice and interesting instrumentation mixed with the classic words of Vince Martin make Amram’s new album Snow Shadows: Songs of Vince Martin exceptional. This New York native was born the daughter of composer/beat icon David Amram and writer/actress Lora Lee, but somehow Amram still makes the album sound as if it came […]

A Night with Sam Bradley – 3rd and Lindsley, June 3

A Night with Sam Bradley – 3rd and Lindsley, June 3

I’ve had the pleasure of attending several Sam Bradley shows over the past two years.  He’s usually accompanied only by his acoustic guitar, but he’s never failed to entertain.  I expected something similar when I arrived at 3rd and Lindsley on June 3, but that wasn’t what I got.  After the supporting act, Holly Conlon […]

Interview with Scott H. Biram

Interview with Scott H. Biram

If Jimmy Martin, Leadbelly, David Allan Coe, a fire and brimstone preacher, and Gregg Ginn had their DNA combined and implanted in the womb of Janis Joplin, the baby that resulted would be the closest match to the incredible talent that is “The Dirty Old One Man Band,” Scott H. Biram. Equal parts country, blues, […]

Album Review of Tommy Shaw: The Great Divide

Album Review of Tommy Shaw: The Great Divide

I can’t say that I’ve been a huge fan of Styx at any point in my life.  I don’t know much about this legendary band, but I know enough that I was surprised to hear Tommy Shaw, the guitarist, released a bluegrass album on March 22.  As a Tennessee native, I’ve been around bluegrass my […]

Interview with Taylor Goldsmith of Dawes

Interview with Taylor Goldsmith of Dawes

Dawes sophomore album Nothing Is Wrong gets its release Tuesday June 7th. Last week I got a chance to talk to lead man Taylor Goldsmith while the band was up in Vermont. ATF: So Taylor, what inspired you more on this album home or touring? TG: Out of the two I would say touring. I […]

ACL Announces Lineup

ACL Announces Lineup

September 16th-18th Austin City Limits festival returns to Ziller Park, down in Austin, Texas. As far as awesome music goes they’ve got it all. The full line up has been announced and includes Fleet Foxes, Randy Newman, Allison Krauss and Union Station, Old Crow Medicine Show, Delta Spirit, Gillian Welch, My Morning Jacket, Iron and […]

Dawes “Nothing Is Wrong”

Dawes “Nothing Is Wrong”

Dawes is the new quintessential American band. They are sponges, soaking up the sounds and feelings of their predecessors. They sound like four guys who grew up sitting at the feet of Neil Young and Levon Helm, memorizing everything they ever said. On their sophomore album, they build on what they started with North Hills. […]