Articles tagged daniel johnston, the canon, singer-songwriter, classic rock, indie, peter delaney

4 Jun 2015 // 2:05 AM

Passenger: Whispers II

Despite the similarities that blanket its selections, there's no denying that Whispers II is an overwhelmingly touching, serene, classy, and earnest work.

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3 Jun 2015 // 2:15 AM

Iron Butterfly: Ball

While many critics and hardcore fans have debated the merits of Ball, the truth is that it served as a solid follow-up to their one mega hit.

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Colin Cowan & the Elastic Stars – “Owing, Knowing All” (video)

The latest in a series of videos made by Matt Krysko for the third installment in Colin Cowan's seasonal album tetralogy castes the man in green and purple.

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Girlpool: Before the World Was Big

Before the World Was Big is ready to comfort you on the road ahead, in so doing becoming the sound of growing up.

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Eilen Jewell: Sundown Over Ghost Town

Eilen Jewell continues refining her poetic lyricism and songcraft on her fifth studio LP.

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18 May 2015 // 10:00 AM

20 Questions: Ryley Walker

The Chicago folk star is riding high on his daring, genre-bending new disc, but would much rather talk about Led Zeppelin III and that one perfect Mark Ruffalo movie that brought him to tears.

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The Chandler Travis Three-O - “Air, Running Backwards” (audio) (Premiere)

Chandler Travis takes one of his classic tunes and radically re-interprets it for his latest compilation, which captures his friendship with fellow songsmith David Greenberger.

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Anne McCue: Blue Sky Thinkin’

Despite the fact McCue had a hand in writing every one of its dozen songs, any one of the selections might just as easily be mistaken for a standard tune that originated in the ‘20s, ‘30s or ‘40s.

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14 May 2015 // 2:30 AM

Torres: Sprinter

The foreboding sonic weather systems that Mackenzie Scott summons in her songs give dimension to the complex topics she explores.

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13 May 2015 // 2:30 AM

The Weather Station: Loyalty

Taking up the mantle of great Canadian singer-songwriters, the Weather Station’s Tamara Lindeman delivers her masterpiece.

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A Troop of Echoes - ‘The Longest Year on Record’ (album stream) (Premiere)

The saxophone-led omnivorous instrumentalists of A Troop of Echoes have made their sophomore LP, The Longest Year on Record, available for stream on PopMatters a week before its release.

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The Pine Hill Project: Tomorrow You’re Going

Two master songwriters flaunt their performance skills on a collection of well- and lesser-known covers.

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8 May 2015 // 3:30 AM

The Weepies: Sirens

Captivating folk-pop tracks that will please fans of the band.

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Seasick Steve: Sonic Soul Surfer

Seasick Steve shows excellence while away from his comfort zone, but re-re-fried blues is a dead end.

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Martin Sexton: Mixtape of the Open Road

Mixtape of the Open Road is as cohesive and dynamic as the road itself.

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Great Lake Swimmers: A Forest of Arms

A solid album with a number of beguiling songs and a lot of spirit, A Forest of Arms is the sound of a band well into their musical journey, with many more miles still to go.

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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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John Andrews & The Yawns: Bit by the Fang

Bit by the Fang is a decidedly lo-fi, low-key album of psychedelic alt-country folk pop -- Big Lebowski fans, take note.

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Country Fried Rock: James McMurtry Interview

Some people label James McMurtry a political songwriter; in his view, he's just an observer.

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Night Beds Share New Track, “Tide Teeth” (audio)

The underrated indie outfit Night Beds follows up their folk and country-inflected 2013 gem Country Sleep with a striking electronic track, "Tide Teeth".

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