Articles tagged alt-country

Shovels and Rope: Busted Jukebox, Vol. 1

Busted Jukebox, Vol. 1 features more imagination than most albums of original material.

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Jason Collett: Song and Dance Man

A versatile assemblage of roots and country-influenced singer/songwriter pop, with splashes of '70s AM soul.

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The Long Ryders: Final Wild Songs

This timely anthology might just help to finally set the record straight: The Long Ryders made some of the best rock and roll of the early '80s.

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Jason Boland and the Stragglers: Squelch

Red Dirt veteran Jason Boland turns in his most introspective (and rowdy) LP yet.

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5 Jan 2016 // 9:54 AM

Robbie Fulks’ Restlessness Is to Pop Music’s Benefit

Robbie Fulks: “[In Chicago], I get to meet Irish players and punk-rock players and just people outside my mental or idiomatic realm. I think that’s been healthy.”

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Waco Brothers - “Had Enough” (audio) (premiere)

Acclaimed alt-country/punk rockers, the Waco Brothers, return with their first full studio album in 10 years.

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El Campo - “Skinny Kids” (audio) (premiere)

Emo/high lonesome country vocals with killer harmonies flow from this up-and-coming San Antonio alt-country band.

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The Mekons and Robbie Fulks: Jura

Members of the Mekons team up with iconoclastic songwriter Robbie Fulks for a collection of their own brilliant take on modern day sea shanties and British folk.

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“The Cracks Are There But the Light Shines Through”: An Interview with Langhorne Slim

Langhorne Slim has been touring and recording his entire adult life, but sobriety, surviving a rough breakup, and living in a big pink house have informed what may be his most acclaimed album yet.

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Mark Olson: Good-bye Lizelle

Mark Olson and guests create a warm sonic atmosphere with an international flavour on Good-bye Lizelle.

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Striking Matches: Nothing But the Silence

Striking Matches have developed what is certainly an exciting first step in the right direction, cementing their album as one of the most solid full-length country debuts of the year so far.

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Jimmy LaFave: The Night Tribe

It’s to Jimmy LaFave's credit that all his past accomplishments might just as easily be shuffled aside simply to accommodate a dedicated listen to The Night Tribe.

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Rhett Miller: The Traveler

Rhett Miller has spent much of his songwriting in tunnels. With The Traveler, he also has the sense to have light shine into them.

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14 May 2015 // 2:05 AM

Buxton: Half a Native

Houston-based Buxton alters the alt-country dynamic established with their first two albums.

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11 May 2015 // 4:00 AM

Too Many Things on Josh Rouse’s Mind

"Exercise, don't drink too much, and call your parents. I don't practice these as often as I should but they are good ideas!"

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Josh Rouse: The Embers of Time

The 11th album from Josh Rouse continues in a relaxed and chilled-out manner, with some high quality material.

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Rocky Votolato: Hospital Handshakes

Hospital Handshakes is a milestone in Rocky Votolato’s career and one that would do well to serve as a springboard for all his efforts going forward.

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American Aquarium’s Music Gets Powered by Solar Panels at South by Southwest

At this year's South by Southwest music festival, the North Carolina alt-country outfit American Aquarium gave a performance in a small, solar panel powered venue called Jam in the Van.

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Pat McGee - “Overboard” (audio) (Premiere)

Hear the first single from the Virginia singer/songwriter Pat McGee's upcoming self-titled album, "Overboard".

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Hiss Golden Messenger: Lateness of Dancers

The latest from M.C. Taylor and Scott Hirsch's country-leaning band serves as an re-introduction and a rebirth for their signature sound.

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Beyoncé and When Music Writing Becomes Activism

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"The overall response to Beyoncé's "Formation" has been startlingly positive, but mostly for reasons attached to political agendas. It's time to investigate this trend.

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