Tuesday, December 10 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
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
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
We got it all in 2009. The stuff right here -- this is singing, this is songwriting. It lives, it breathes, and it bites. Hard.
Monday, June 24 2013
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
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
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
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.
Tuesday, August 25 2009
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
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'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"