Articles tagged alternative country

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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“We Just Kinda Broke All the Rules”: An Interview with Lucinda Williams

Throughout her long and legendary career, Lucinda Williams has garnered a reputation for dismissing any notions of rules, expectations, or boundaries.

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Valerie June: Pushin’ Against a Stone

Singer/songwriter Valerie June breaks through capably on Pushin’ Against a Stone.

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The Spares: Everything Is Easy

Chicago-based Americana duo simultaneously succeed gloriously and fail miserably.

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