Articles tagged alt-country

Teddy Thompson and Kelly Jones: Little Windows

Teddy Thompson returns with a collection predictably superior songs. And he's got a new singing partner who proves that she can keep him on his toes.

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21 Mar 2016 // 11:45 AM

Freakwater Lives for the Song

Freakwater have developed a sound that evokes old-timey traditionalists, rootsy punk combos, even country soul music without snugly fitting into any category.

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9 Mar 2016 // 9:45 AM

Al Scorch - “Everybody Out” (audio) (premiere) + New Album

Chicago's Al Scorch is a punk rock banjo player that draws inspiration from and utilizes a wide range of roots music forms.

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9 Mar 2016 // 3:19 AM

M. Ward: More Rain

If Ward isn't out of his comfort zone, he isn't stuck in the mud, either.

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Freakwater: Scheherazade

Eleven years after their last record, Freakwater proves they've still got it, and then some.

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

Chicago filmmaker Dave Anderson directed Waco Brothers' latest video and filled it with intense imagery to match the tune's visceral anger over income inequality.

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24 Feb 2016 // 3:00 PM

Banditos - “Old Ways” (Singles Going Steady)

Brittany Howard, take a look in your rear view mirror, 'cause there's a new soul shouter in town.

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Waco Brothers: Going Down in History

The omnipresent and perhaps omnipotent Waco Brothers give us a much needed boost of energy that marries the old with the new. That's predictable. What they do with it ain't.

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23 Feb 2016 // 9:57 AM

Rocky Votolato - “Sawdust and Shavings” (video) (premiere)

Rocky Votolato follows his 2015 album, Hospital Handshakes, with a new EP, Sawdust and Shavings, as he heads out on tour in Europe.

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Marlon Williams: Marlon Williams

Marlon Williams' emotive debut is rife with a kind of learned authenticity rarely seen in the first full-length release of a singer-songwriter

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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 // 10:54 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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