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Tuesday, December 10 2013

The Best Americana of 2013

Our list for 2013 is predictably diverse, ranging from progressive newgrass to tradition-minded country to old-time acoustic to California canyon rock to psych folk to singer-songwriter and all points between.


Thursday, May 30 2013

Listening Ahead: Upcoming Music Releases for June 2013

Get the early word on anticipated new albums by Camera Obscura, Smith Westerns, and Eleanor Friedberger, as well as a listing of June's releases.


Thursday, December 17 2009

The Best 60 Albums of 2009

PopMatters presents our 60 best albums of 2009, highlighted by a bevy of American indie rock juggernauts, the return of a hip-hop master, and a couple of the finest voices on the planet.


Tuesday, December 8 2009

The Best Singer-Songwriter Albums of 2009

We got it all in 2009. The stuff right here -- this is singing, this is songwriting. It lives, it breathes, and it bites. Hard.


Reviews

Monday, June 24 2013

Alela Diane: About Farewell

About Farewell's only failing is that it clocks in at a mere 33 minutes in length. It leaves one gasping for more.


Tuesday, November 22 2011

Caroline Smith & The Good Night Sleeps: Little Wind

Smith has a quirky voice with a warble that resembles the freak-folk style of Joanna Newsom and Alela Diane. But while there is something Western about those two singers, Smith’s vocals have a Midwestern, plaintive air.


Wednesday, April 6 2011

Alela Diane: Alela Diane & Wild Divine

As Diane tells it, we dwell in a world of lies, where dreams are unlived. And what happens afterwards is unknowable probably because there is nothing afterwards. Or as she sings on "The Wind", "Death is a hard act to follow."


Thursday, February 26 2009

Alela Diane: To Be Still

To Be Still is not as simple as it might appear. It is aching and subtly splintered and cathartic. And it is, finally, that rare kind of album: one worth getting close to.


Blogs

Tuesday, August 25 2009

Alela Diane: 14 August 2009 - Union Hall, Brooklyn

Three unique women vocalists from Australia, Oregon and Brooklyn carried a night of modern folk music that, as the headlining Alela Diane put it, made sense together.


Wednesday, March 25 2009

SXSW 2009: Interview with Alela Diane (video)

PopMatters' Robin Cook chats with upcoming neo-folk singer Alela Diane at this year's SXSW. Diane talks about her guitar skills, upbringing and taste in music.


Wednesday, February 4 2009

Alela Diane - "Dry Grass & Shadows"/"White As Diamonds" (MP3/video)

Alela Diane's follow-up to her 2006 debut The Pirate's Gospel, To Be Still, releases February 17th on Rough Trade Records. The resolutely folky "Dry Grass & Shadows"


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