Andrew Gilstrap
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Andrew Gilstrap is a freelance writer living in South Carolina, where he's able to endure the few weeks each year that it's actually freezing (swearing a vow that if he ever moves, it'll be even farther south). Aging into a fine curmudgeon whose idea of heaven is 40 tree-covered acres away from the world, he increasingly wishes he were part of a pair of twins, just so he could try being the kinda evil one on for size. Musically, he's always scouring records for that one moment that makes him feel like he's never heard music before, but he long ago realized he needs to keep his copies of John Prine, Crowded House, the Replacements, Kate Bush, and Tom Waits within easy reach.

Features // 11 Articles
Columns // 37 Articles
Reviews // 389 Articles
Blogs // 41 Articles

The Best Fantastical Music of 2010 | 15 Dec 2010 // 4:00 PM

The more you look, the more examples of the fantastic you find in music this year.

The Best Americana Music of 2008 | 17 Dec 2008 // 3:00 PM

It did seem -- perhaps because of the genre's traditional real-world concerns -- like a lot of the year's best Americana releases sensed the storm clouds gathering.


Crowdfunding and Me | 29 Jul 2013 // 6:15 PM

When it comes to crowdfunding, there's no easy way to talk about the money.

The Groove Is Everything | 30 May 2013 // 6:45 PM

Digital music makes sense to me. But dragging a needle through the grooves of a slab of vinyl and Led Zeppelin IV coming out? Now that's witchcraft befitting the Devil's music.


Drew Beskin: Cha-Ching Machine | 19 Apr 2017 // 6:05 AM

Athens, Georgia mainstay Drew Beskin releases his first proper solo album.

John K. Samson: Winter Wheat | 23 Jan 2017 // 5:10 AM

John K. Samson continues writing songs of solace and expansive generosity.


The Artisanals - "Not Giving Up/Pound the Rock" (audio) (premiere) | 12 Sep 2017 // 3:07 AM

The Artisanals craft hooky, personal rock that's an equal mix of indie and classic rock.

Palace Doctor - "Welcome the End" (audio) (premiere) | 31 Aug 2017 // 4:20 AM

Athens, Georgia's Palace Doctor offers up modern rock with clear roots in the '90s indie rock of Pavement and Nirvana.

//Mixed media

NYFF 2017: 'Mudbound'

// Notes from the Road

"Dee Rees’ churning and melodramatic epic follows two families in 1940s Mississippi, one black and one white, and the wars they fight abroad and at home.

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