Annie Galvin has written about music, theater, and books for the Washington City Paper and covered music and festivals for Slant Magazine. She is working on her Ph.D. in English at the University of Virginia and lives in Charlottesville. You can follow her on Twitter @anniehgalvin.
Tuesday, April 21 2015
What makes the Alabama Shakes sound new is that they’re evidently devoted to their musical forebears -- everyone from Etta James and Aretha to Bowie and Zeppelin -- yet also coquettishly unfaithful to each one of them.
Monday, April 13 2015
On its second album After It All, the Durham-based sextet successfully raids the storehouse of American musical traditions, incorporating influences ranging from blues to folk, rock to pop, and hip-hop to musical theater.
Wednesday, March 25 2015
The eclectic guitar becomes a tool that complements Laura Marling's lyrics on this pivotal album, at times articulating visceral anger and, at others, obliterating psychic barriers and clearing space for something new.
Wednesday, November 12 2014
Deerhoof's 12th album channels the band's musical chops toward sharp political critique while retaining moments of whimsical release.
Wednesday, November 5 2014
Allergic to Water, Ani DiFranco's 18th album, lacks the political engagement and sharply hewn wit that distinguished her earlier work.
Thursday, March 26 2015
Amidst the many artists that flooded SWSX this year, these 15 new and rising talents stand out amidst the fray.
Monday, March 23 2015
From artists that have already made a splash (Bleachers) to those hoping to land a record deal (Demi Louise), Friday of SXSW 2015 captured the struggle to make it in the modern music industry.
Friday, March 20 2015
UK hip-hop (Little Simz) and powerful singer/songwriter acts (James Vincent McMorrow) highlight South by Southwest's Thursday showcases.
Thursday, March 19 2015
BØRNS, Ryn Weaver, and Stromae all stand out as artists poised to break out big in 2015 after their stellar performances at SXSW.
Wednesday, March 18 2015
In addition to indie favorites like San Fermin and Spoon, stunning new acts like Parlour Tricks help kick off SXSW 2015 on a strong note.