Monday, August 16 2010
Two young forces in Americana songwriting made for a pleasant Sunday night on Governor’s Island in New York Harbor.
Wednesday, June 25 2014
The simple alt-country of Lines West's music goes a long ways in softening the Connecticut band's intense lyrical explorations, as its new single "Lover" attests.
Tuesday, April 1 2014
For its first album in nine years, Nickel Creek tames down the displays of virtuosity that defined much of their previous albums, offering up a more pastoral take on their otherwise “newgrass" take on bluegrass.
Friday, October 25 2013
This box set complicates the myth of Woody Guthrie by laying out his songs written for government programs and the war effort, and presents him as a man working for other men, working for those that had not, while also turning his own trade into a job.
Monday, September 9 2013
The question of the ubiquity of folk revival is different from how long it will last. Instead, we could be asking whether the Lumineers and Mumford can tear down the establishment when they're in the mainstream.
Monday, August 26 2013
Singer/songwriter Valerie June breaks through capably on Pushin’ Against a Stone.
Thursday, August 22 2013
We are all in this together, but now more than ever we are all hopelessly alone and apart. Three days of trading licks at Newport won't change anything, but in the words of Joe Fletcher, “Without Newport, what alternative is there? No folk at all?”
Sunday, June 23 2013
With her latest effort, Amy Speace steps further away from electricity, focusing more on her storytelling prowess. The result, perhaps unsurprisingly, is beyond successful.
Wednesday, June 12 2013
Jesse Lortz is at his best when he assesses the damage, rather than splitting it sideways.
Thursday, May 30 2013
Laura Marling explores the consequences of being emotionally remote on a brilliant, two-sided concept album about love, the devil, and the power of naïveté.