Articles tagged roots rock

Alabama Shakes: Sound and Color

What makes the Alabama Shakes sound new is that they’re evidently devoted to their musical forebears -- everyone from Etta James and Aretha to Bowie and Zeppelin -- yet also coquettishly unfaithful to each one of them.

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14 Apr 2015 // 1:05 AM

Delta Rae: After It All

On its second album After It All, the Durham-based sextet successfully raids the storehouse of American musical traditions, incorporating influences ranging from blues to folk, rock to pop, and hip-hop to musical theater.

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BoDeans - “Slave” (audio) (Premiere)

The classic Wisconsin rock outfit BoDeans will release their 12th studio outing, I Can't Stop, this April. Now you can stream the pounding rocker "Slave".

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17 Oct 2014 // 1:06 AM

Ry Cooder: Soundtracks

Rhino’s seven CD retrospective box set Soundtracks covers off the bulk of Ry Cooder’s ‘80s film work. Interesting and varied, this is a worthy re-issue.

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2 Oct 2014 // 1:04 AM

The Last Bison: VA

VA effectively charts a bold new course for the band that doesn't need to rely on folk rockers du jour.

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20 Oct 2011 // 8:55 PM

Bear Cub: Always Be Down EP

The Always Be Down EP is a strong statement from a promising young band with a lot of stylistic influences.

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11 Oct 2011 // 8:59 PM

Jim Keller: Soul Candy

If you like Americana, Soul Candy is a sweet and agreeable slice of sugar-coated confectionary that won’t make your teeth ache.

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The Fireweed Company - “The Philosophical Song” (video)

It’s taken nearly 20 years, but the small town Canadian roots-rock band the Fireweed Company have finally, finally, gotten around to making a video. And a not bad one at that.

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Edwin McCain: Mercy Bound

The journeyman rock balladeer, who scored big with "I'll Be" and "I Could Not Ask for More" in the late '90s, delivers his 10th album.

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Blackie and the Rodeo Kings: Kings and Queens

Kings and Queens is a collection just bursting to the seams with pure talent, and is the group's most ambitious statement to date.

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3 Aug 2011 // 7:50 AM

Daniel Isaiah: High Twilight

Montreal’s Daniel Isaiah is a lot like a Canadian Iron and Wine, for a variety of reasons.

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The Warped 45s: Matador Sunset

Matador Sunset is an interesting but flawed album that doesn’t exactly congeal all of its rootsy and folksy influences.

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28 Jun 2011 // 8:59 PM

Witches: Forever

After being mesmerized by Forever, you'll get the sense that this trio might just be one of the best-kept secrets in the American indie scene today.

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30 May 2011 // 9:00 PM

Augustana: Augustana

Indie rock band Augustana attempts to find itself on self-titled release, but ends up taking several steps backwards.

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13 Mar 2011 // 9:57 PM

Carey Ott: Human Heart

If you’re looking for an album that you’ll have to call in sick to work to fully digest, Human Heart clearly delivers.

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Will Hoge Survives the Wreckage

It never entered his mind that he wouldn’t tour again, but after the accident, Will Hoge was eager just to walk again.

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The Felice Brothers: Yonder is the Clock

The Felice Brothers’ latest effort is a looser affair -- far more The Basement Tapes than Blood on the Tracks -- yet still mirrors their self-titled in both its strengths and flaws. Where’s the growth?

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Backyard Tire Fire: Vagabonds and Hooligans

Backyard Tire Fire is one of those bands that you just hate. Not because they’re terrible, but because they’re a band so unique, distinct, amazing and talented that you get frustrated about them getting ignored by the mainstream again and again.

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Todd Snider: Peace, Love and Anarchy

Snider gives us a peek into his workshop, and shows us that he puts his songs together with care -- but that he also has a little fun in the process.

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Hozier + Death Cab for Cutie + Rock Radio 104.5's Birthday Show (Photo Gallery)

// Notes from the Road

"Radio 104.5's birthday show featured great bands and might have been the unofficial start of summer festival season in the Northeast.

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