Thursday, April 16 2015
Three unique takes on tracks from The Bends, spanning the stripped-down acoustic to the full-fledged orchestral, represent how these songs still have the power to stun two decades later.
Thursday, October 9 2014
These top 20 records of the '00s feature some familiar faces, but also several that, over time, have grown more fondly in memory.
Sunday, September 23 2012
The authenticity trap: How did folk music end up in such a paradoxical place?
Wednesday, December 28 2011
This year's top artists are a diverse lot represented by two of the world's biggest pop divas, a plethora of critically adored indie faves, some new talents emerging from the hip-hop underground, a couple of veteran Americana acts, and a few alt-rock legends among many more.
Monday, December 19 2011
If you ask a critic or music fan to define Americana, be prepared for an avalanche of diverse responses of opinion. Still, there remain some constant benchmarks, such as pedal steel, fiddle, acoustic guitars -- and good songwriting.
Wednesday, June 18 2014
Time (The Revelator) conjures a hazy post-millennial American dream of disappointment and ambition that's disturbed by what it sees and hears.
Monday, September 5 2011
Welch and Rawlings may have experienced a creative drought, but they were getting better the entire time.
Thursday, July 7 2011
Ten more examples of what make Welch & Rawlings great: high lonesome harmonies, beautifully judged musicianship, exquisite songcraft, and a relationship with tradition that is both serious and playful.
Thursday, June 3 2010
The musically gifted, and symbiotic, Dave Rawlings and Gillian Welch led his Machine through two great sets at the Bowery Ballroom Wednesday night.