Articles tagged jazz|folk|singer-songwriter|roots|canadian

25 Oct 2016 // 11:50 AM

Jackie Bristow - “Whistle Blowin’” (video) (premiere)

Jackie Bristow seems primed for success on the now global Americana scene with beautifully composed music and straight from the heart lyrics

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25 Oct 2016 // 10:35 AM

Grant-Lee Phillips - “Smoke and Sparks” (video) (premiere)

Grant-Lee Phillips releases a beautiful new video for The Narrows album highlight, "Smoke and Sparks".

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25 Oct 2016 // 2:19 AM

Conor Oberst: Ruminations

Conor Oberst's Ruminations finds the seasoned folk bard in a bare room with just his guitar, piano, and harmonica to keep him company

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25 Oct 2016 // 2:05 AM

Macy Gray: Stripped

Macy Gray reimagines some old work, provides some new work, and tackles other artists' work in an exciting, triumphant new LP.

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Plugging In and Loosening Up: An Interview With Richard Shindell

Shindell is an influential figure in the Fast Folk genre, and with the release of his 10th album, spoke to PopMatters about the long and ultimately rewarding process of creating Careless.

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Melvin Seals and JGB Keep the Flame Burning at Terrapin Crossroads

There’s a spiritual sustenance of sorts in Garcia’s music that can be hard to put a finger on per se, but the continuing demand and praise for these celestial harmonics is empirical evidence of its existence.

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Leonard Cohen: You Want It Darker

Leonard Cohen gives us a darkness that isn’t just pure sad or heavy, but reflective and gentle. This isn’t just a work of art from a single period of time, but from a whole lifetime of living.

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24 Oct 2016 // 2:05 AM

Trygve Seim: Rumi Songs

Norwegian saxophonist Trygve Seim sets the 13th-century poetry of Jelaluddin Rumi to song, with mixed results.

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Lizz Wright Plays Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald’s Centennial Birthday with New Video (premiere)

Lizz Wright celebrates the music of Ella Fitzgerald at a special concert this Saturday, October 22nd at the Apollo Theater in NYC and shares new video.

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19 Oct 2016 // 12:00 PM

Billy Bragg and Joe Henry, Singing Their Way Across America

At stops along the way, Bragg and Henry hopped off the train long enough to quickly record classic acoustic songs in railroad stations and on train platforms.

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19 Oct 2016 // 11:31 AM

Kimbra - “Sweet Relief” (Singles Going Steady)

Kimbra's voice is always powerful, and here, it may even be at its strongest, a warm blend of soul, jazz, and pop.

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19 Oct 2016 // 8:19 AM

No Piano, Please!

Four recent releases demonstrate the stylistic range and power of jazz that isn't hemmed in by chords.

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David Bromberg Band: The Blues, the Whole Blues and Nothing But the Blues

On his 18th album, David Bromberg teaches a master-class not only in the history of blues-inflected Americana but also in how to keep that music alive and relevant.

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18 Oct 2016 // 10:30 AM

Crystal Fighters - “Lay Low” (audio) (premiere)

London's Crystal Fighters return with a new album Friday and share their new hit-bound, anthemic single "Lay Low".

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What Happened, Miss Simone? Captures Its Subject in Stained Glass

This award-winning documentary raises the bar for how Simone is represented in popular culture and history books. It's now on DVD with a 15-song bonus CD.

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Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker: Overnight

Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker breathe fresh air into classic folk sounds while also managing to travel beyond the characteristics of any one genre.

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Revolutionary Poet: Bob Dylan Upended Foundations of Pop With His Literate Lyrics

Bob Dylan opened the doors of what was possible in popular music with his 1965 single "Like a Rolling Stone".

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17 Oct 2016 // 10:30 AM

Piers Faccini - ‘I Dreamed an Island’ (album stream) (premiere)

World music master Piers Faccini couldn’t have picked a better time to release his new album, I Dreamed an Island, which celebrates cultural diversity

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Benoît Pioulard: The Benoît Pioulard Listening Matter

After a stretch of largely wordless ambient releases, the Seattle dream-folk artist has formidable weight to get off his mind.

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Joe Lovano Quartet: Classic! Live at Newport

With Classic! Live at Newport, several generations of jazz luminaries shine on the historic Newport Jazz Festival stage.

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