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Concert Review: Imogen Heap @ Humphreys by the Bay (San Diego, CA) June 20, 2010

Concert Review: Imogen Heap @ Humphreys by the Bay (San Diego, CA) June 20, 2010

So when it comes to “favorites,” I’m generally like a child—whatever I love now is my CAN’T-GET-ENOUGH-EVER-FAVORITE!!!! thing. However, there have been some favorites that have been unwaveringly on my list for so long that they’ve built up enough credibility to be considered Actual Favorites, as opposed to Now Favorites. I know…complicated. I wouldn’t say […]

Free Download: Cheyenne Mize and Bonnie “Prince” Billy – Among the Gold

Free Download: Cheyenne Mize and Bonnie “Prince” Billy – Among the Gold

Very few things in this life are free, so grab them while you can. We here at ATF are always on the lookout for free music, and this is what we found. In true American DIY style, Cheyenne Marie Mize and Bonnie “Prince” Billy (aka Will Oldham) recorded their rendition of late 19th Century American […]

Album Review: Miniature Tigers “FORTRESS” (Modern Art/ILG)

Album Review: Miniature Tigers “FORTRESS” (Modern Art/ILG)

If the movie Garden State had been made today, Miniature Tigers would be the band playing on Natalie Portman’s headphones when she hands them to Zach Braff: “You gotta hear this one song [“Egyptian Robe”] — it’ll change your life; I swear.” Miniature Tigers are sly and literate, with references to Stephen King, Nabokov, and […]

Audra Mae — The Happiest Interview

Audra Mae — The Happiest Interview

Audra Mae is a dreamer with both feet on the ground. The great-grandniece of starlet Judy Garland, Audra is darn proud of her roots but equally as proud to have carved a path of her own, musically speaking. With a hugely capable voice and thoughtfully whimsical melodies, her music is a unique but well-rounded listening […]

The Infamous Stringdusters Fly High

The Infamous Stringdusters Fly High

With fingers flying across acoustic strings and a sound blending the finest traditions of American bluegrasss with the aesthetic sensibilities of the contemporary music, the Infamous Stringdusters embody today’s young, hip bluegrass scene. And with the release of their third album, Things That Fly, the Infamous Stringdusters are flying higher than ever. In laying the […]

Charlie Daniels’ Real America

Charlie Daniels’ Real America

To the world at large, no musician epitomizes country music more than Charlie Daniels. His name is shorthand for epic fiddle playing. His albums are country music classics. Not only is “Devil Went Down to Georgia” one of the most widely recognized country music songs in the world, it is the most celebrated face-off between […]

Merle Haggard: Country Music Traditionalist, Internet Prophet

Merle Haggard: Country Music Traditionalist, Internet Prophet

In April 2010, Merle Haggard’s latest album, I Am What I Am hit stores and radio stations around the nation. Amid the smooth, polished, heavily produced (some would say overly-produced) opus of much of the modern Nashville sound, I Am What I Am was like a revelation — a voice and sound that seemed to […]

(Way More Than) 12 Questions with Lissy Rosemont of Junior League Band

(Way More Than) 12 Questions with Lissy Rosemont of Junior League Band

The Junior League Band, fronted by Georgia native and current D.C. resident Lissy Rosemont, releases Jelly Roll, their third full-length album, this Friday. The title conjures thoughts of New Orleans, old-time Delta blues, Jelly Roll Morton, sex, and rolling on the kitchen floor with your lover. Sounds like a party! Jelly Roll is a raucous […]

Deer Tick – The Black Dirt Sessions – (Partisan Records)

Deer Tick – The Black Dirt Sessions – (Partisan Records)

Listening to Deer Tick’s third studio album, The Black Dirt Sessions, will undoubtedly pose the question: can I tolerate this vocal? You love it or hate it. Though, if you hate it, you’ll learn to love it. The classic instrumentation of these haunting tunes insists upon it. The actual recording quality of the album is […]

Mary Gauthier at Eddie’s Attic – Atlanta, GA – 6/25/10

Mary Gauthier at Eddie’s Attic – Atlanta, GA – 6/25/10

Mary Gauthier (pronounced go-SHAY) has said that the best nights on stage involve losing herself in her songs, reaching that transcendent moment when she and the audience become one. This certainly happened at her show on Friday at Eddie’s Attic, when — with the crowd’s affirmation — she changed the final line in her song […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]