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Friday, October 17 2014

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.


Tuesday, October 7 2014

The Mastersons: Good Luck Charm

A testament to the power of love and commitment and one of the best Americana releases of the year.


Wednesday, October 1 2014

Lucinda Williams: Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone

Both familiar and challenging, Williams' new record invites her audience to dance slow and close to a set of adult songs for adult listeners.


Bonnie “Prince” Billy: Singer’s Grave a Sea of Tongues

Existential dread is nothing new for Will Oldham's performing persona, but this new record might be his most harrowing yet.


Tuesday, February 11 2014

Lone Justice: This Is Lone Justice: The Vaught Tapes, 1983

This lively archival release captures the L.A. band in their early "cowpunk" stage before Geffen got '80s production all over them.


Monday, September 16 2013

Califone: Stitches

Stitches finds a power in its directness that has led to some of the band's best music.


Wednesday, May 1 2013

When Love and Money Are Not Enough: Meg Wolitzer’s ‘The Interestings’

The Interestings revisits certain Wolitzer themes: the wish for talent versus the possession of it, competition amongst friends, parenting developmentally disabled children, the challenges faced by gay people, and mortal illness.


Sunday, November 6 2011

Gospel Music: How to Get to Heaven from Jacksonville, FL

An album-length ode to hangdogs, the women who settle for them, and the extremely long titles that ensue.


Thursday, November 3 2011

Deer Tick: Divine Providence

There's a lack of musical exploration here, but the Providence alt-country rockers embrace their love for booze and rebellion more than ever on this record.


Wednesday, October 5 2011

High Flying: Pop Goes Country

1991 was a significant, even historic year, for country music, giving a strong indication of the direction it would take from then on to now.


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Elk: Let’s Get Married (Capsule Reviews) [13.Feb.11]
Tired Pony: The Place We Ran From (Reviews) [15.Nov.10]
The Pines: Tremolo (Reviews) [6.Dec.09]
Various: Add to Friends (Capsule Reviews) [4.Oct.07]
Backyard Tire Fire: Vagabonds and Hooligans (Capsule Reviews) [5.Apr.07]
Fountains of Pain (Features) [5.Feb.07]
Fountains of Wayne (Reviews) [29.Jul.03]
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