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 // 381 Articles
Blogs // 37 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.


The Bohannons: Black Cross, Black Shield | 9 Jul 2015 // 8:38 AM

Black Cross, Black Shield may sound dark, but it's anything but.

Adam Torres: Nostra Nova | 25 Jun 2015 // 6:49 AM

Long-lost Ohio cult classic gets a much-needed reissue.


'Get in Trouble' Doesn't Trouble Itself With Literary Convention | 23 Apr 2015 // 6:00 AM

Kelly Link's imaginative, sometimes challenging, stories follow their own rules but they never take the easy way out.

Party Dolls - "Love Wars Baby" (stream) (Premiere) | 29 Jan 2014 // 3:30 AM

It's only fitting that the Party Dolls' new album Love Wars Baby will drop on Valentine's Day.

//Mixed media

Notes, Hoaxes, and Jokes: Silkworm's 'Lifestyle' - "Ooh La La"

// Sound Affects

"Lifestyle's penultimate track eases the pace and finds fresh nuance and depth in a rock classic, as Silkworm offer their take on the Faces' "Ooh La La".

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