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Album Review: Kingsley Flood – “Dust Windows” – (Kingsley Flood)

Album Review: Kingsley Flood – “Dust Windows” – (Kingsley Flood)

By Krystal Dawn Muhlbach When I was sixteen my best friend and I got aboard a train that darts from our mundane little city to the bigger, more thrilling city of Los Angeles. Broke, underage, and with a borderline lethal sense of adventure, we got on that train without a penny in our pocket or […]

Album Review: Dr. Dog – Shame, Shame – (Anti-)

Album Review: Dr. Dog – Shame, Shame – (Anti-)

Dr. Dog is as delightful as a real dog. Shame, Shame, released earlier this year, has already gotten a lot of buzz, as it should because it’s great. At first listen, it feels like you’re at a dark bar with wooden floors (do any bars have carpeted floors?) in off-the-beaten-path Arizona that you just went […]

Album Review: Dylan LeBlanc – Paupers Field – (Rough Trade)

Album Review: Dylan LeBlanc – Paupers Field – (Rough Trade)

What were you doing when you were twenty? I was slogging through what would become a very average college career, partying and drinking copious amounts of beer, and maybe that’s why I’m a lowly hack music writer. But enough about me. Soulful, sparse, haunting, polished and mature are all fitting adjectives to describe twenty-year-old Dylan […]

Album Review: J. Shogren “Birds Bones & Muscle” JAHA!

Album Review: J. Shogren “Birds Bones & Muscle” JAHA!

Sounding like some weird-ass acoustic version of Southern Culture on the Skids, “Birds Bones & Muscle” busts out of the gates, front loaded with three great songs, and while the album may be a little uneven, it’s hard to deny its best cuts.  “Pulp Americana” is what Shrogen calls it, and according to his website […]

Album Review: Nathan McEuen “Scrapbook Sessions 2010” Lint

Album Review: Nathan McEuen “Scrapbook Sessions 2010” Lint

If the last name sounds familiar, it should.  Nathan McEuen is the son of John McEuen, one of the founding members of Nitty Gritty Dirt Band – who also appears on the song, “Banjormous.”  Nathan, like his father, takes an eclectic approach to his music, drawing on rock, pop, and country – even a little […]

Album Review: Defiance, Ohio “Midwestern Minutes”

Album Review: Defiance, Ohio “Midwestern Minutes”

This is Defiance, Ohio’s fourth full-length album if I am not mistaken and it pretty much keeps in tradition with the past three. If you’ve heard these Columbus, Ohio folk-punkers before then you know what I’m talking about. These six ladies and gents play a vast arsenal of instruments, such as banjo, piano, cello, as […]

Contest Giveaway: Rare Signed Copy of Charlie Louvin’s “Hickory Wind”

Contest Giveaway: Rare Signed Copy of Charlie Louvin’s “Hickory Wind”

10/04/10 UPDATE: Congratulations to our WINNER, Rusty from Lafayette, Louisiana! We’ll be sending out the autographed copy of Charlie Louvin’s wonderful Hickory Wind. Enjoy, Rusty! Charlie Louvin is a living legend. He’s been a star for much longer than anyone else in the recording business. He’s a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame […]

Album Review: Justin Townes Earle “Harlem River Blues” Bloodshot

Album Review: Justin Townes Earle “Harlem River Blues” Bloodshot

To get the bad news out of the way first, this is the first full-length from Earle without Cory Younts, the multi-instrumentalist who provided background vocals so good for Earle’s voice you might have wondered if they were family.  Younts’ voice, harmonica, mandolin, banjo and whistle have moved on to Old Crow Medicine Show.  He […]

Album Review: Sally Spring – “Made of Stars” – (Sniffinpup Records)

Album Review: Sally Spring – “Made of Stars” – (Sniffinpup Records)

Don’t let her petite and pixieish looks fool you. Sally Spring is a bold songwriter with rock-solid vocals. A veteran who cut her performance teeth on the coffeehouse circuit of the 1970s, Spring has played with such luminaries as the Byrds, Doc Watson, Guitar Shorty, Rev. Gary Davis, Taj Mahal and Odetta. On Made of […]

Limited Time Free Download of Those Darlins’ “Night Jogger”

Limited Time Free Download of Those Darlins’ “Night Jogger”

Photo of Kelley Darlin by Leah Miller Recorded right here in Atlanta, their next album promises to be more rockin’ than the first. Judging by “Night Jogger”, which you can download for FREE right HERE for a limited time, their next album (due out early 2011) will rock your collective asses off. We saw them […]

Album Review: Bloody War: Songs 1924-1936 – (Tompkins Square)

Album Review: Bloody War: Songs 1924-1936 – (Tompkins Square)

“War! What’s it good for? Absolutely nothin’! Good God, y’all!” The Temptations asked and answered that question, but it was Edwin Starr who made the song a hit. Springsteen covered it in 1985 on his “Born in the USA” tour, the title track of his hugely popular album, and another anti-war song. War is hell, […]

Dr. Dog to Release Four New Songs – Download ‘Em FOR FREE!

Dr. Dog to Release Four New Songs – Download ‘Em FOR FREE!

Two of the editors at ATF caught Dr. Dog here in Atlanta at The Loft last September, but we don’t remember much about it because the awesome THOSE DARLINS opened the show and blew everyone away. So, we had to go look at some video to refresh our bent-blown minds. You can see Dr. Dog […]

Interview: Local Natives

Interview: Local Natives

I re-he-heally hope that Andy from Local Natives has a Bluetooth, because if not, we were breaking the law together today, and not in a cool way you want to tell people about when you’re drinking. In a ticket-getting way. I got to chat with Andy Hamm, bassist, vocalist, writer, percussionist, etc. etc. etc…(more on […]

Billy Bragg, Rosanne Cash and Joe Henry Set to Collaborate on New Album

Billy Bragg, Rosanne Cash and Joe Henry Set to Collaborate on New Album

With all the buzz about Rosanne Cash’s modern-day classic The List, and her memoir, Composed, we’re delighted to hear about her next project with Billy Bragg and Joe Henry. We adored Bragg’s work with Wilco on the Mermaid Avenue CDs, as well as Henry’s collaboration with Loudon Wainwright III on Strange Weirdos. The three artists […]