Articles tagged alternative country

The Jayhawks: Paging Mr. Proust

Classic elements of the Jayhawks sound mingle with adventurous influences from their contemporaries on the band’s engaging ninth release.

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Sturgill Simpson: A Sailor’s Guide to Earth

Sturgill Simpson's latest musical offspring is a love letter we can all cherish.

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The Saint Johns: Dead of Night

The Saint Johns might not reinvent any wheels or blaze any trails, but there’s nothing wrong with making solid, country-inflected indie rock. Especially when this much talent and emotion goes into it.

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Robbie Fulks: Upland Stories

It doesn’t matter if he’s singing about his aunt’s new old husband, an old man reminiscing in a nursing home, or the girls from Carolina. We are all a bunch of weirdos and better off for it.

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29 Mar 2016 // 1:12 PM

Sturgill Simpson - “In Bloom” (Singles Going Steady)

Sturgill Simpson successfully covers Nirvana by lowering the intensity, which somehow deepens the impact.

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29 Mar 2016 // 9:14 AM

Shooter Jennings Born Into Country Royalty

“My generation is so tied up in television, computers and video games,” says Jennings. “When we were born, MTV was already there. It was normal.”

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Sturgill Simpson - “Brace For Impact (Live a Little)” (Singles Going Steady)

Sturgill Simpson's vocal laxity in "Brace for Impact" seems to contravene the command that gives the song its title.

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Bonnie “Prince” Billy: Pond Scum

To have Johnny Cash perform any song of yours early in your career indicates a pinnacle moment paramount to reaching Mt. Everest or being the first musician in space.

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Iris Dement: The Trackless Woods

Iris Dement’s The Trackless Woods sets Russian poet Anna Akhmatova’s poetry to music with excellent results.

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21 Jul 2015 // 2:30 AM

Wilco: Star Wars

Saying "What's more fun than a surprise?" Wilco drops their shortest, barest album in their career, and it feels fresh and new.

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Striking Matches: Nothing But the Silence

This male-female country-roots duo is at their best while exploring their diverse interests in blues and rock. When they try mainstream country? Not so great.

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12 Jun 2015 // 2:20 AM

Banditos: Banditos

Banditos’ debut album throws together a backyard shed’s worth of rock and country influences and comes out sounding like a Deep South bar band that got tired of playing covers and started writing their own songs.

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Blitzen Trapper: Live Harvest

To a certain extent, Blitzen Trapper's desire to retrace Neil Young’s fourth and arguably most famous album, Harvest provides some practical purpose; that is, to reestablish their Americana allegiance.

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John Moreland: High on Tulsa Heat

John Moreland proves there's nothing sanctimonious about singing the truth on High on Tulsa Heat.

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Folk Family Revival: Water Walker

Americana's band of brothers expand their sonic horizons in Water Walker.

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Counterbalance: Uncle Tupelo’s ‘No Depression’

Fear the hearts of men are failing. These are latter days we know. The great depression now is spreading. God's word declared it would be so. I'm going where there's only the 2,839th most acclaimed album of all time. An alt-rock bellwether is this week's Counterbalance.

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Will Hoge: Small Town Dreams

Will Hoge is rapidly positioning himself between those two pillars of populist rock, Bruce Springsteen and John Mellencamp.

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o’death: Out of Hands We Go

o'death's scrappy new record isn't a return to some past sound so much as it's another impressive deviation for a band that, four albums in, has made inconsistency and exploration the only consistencies of its sound.

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Subverting the Rules: An Interview with Cory Branan

Cory Branan's brand of rocking country doesn't fit very well into music industry slots, but the Nashville-based songwriter is carving an idiosyncratic niche for himself regardless.

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21 Oct 2014 // 2:04 AM

Oh Susanna: Namedropper

American-Canadian singer-songwriter Suzie Ungerleider ropes in other Canadian musicians to write songs for her to wildly varying results.

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