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by PopMatters Staff

28 Jul 2015

The latest full  KEXP session just hit the web and it's from beloved Americana band Calexico.

The latest full KEXP session just hit the web and it’s from beloved Americana band Calexico. These KEXP sessions are becoming among our favorite performance videos, especially as they feature such a wide range of American roots music, intermixed with smart interview segments. Kicking things off with the utterly gorgeous “When the Angels Played”, this video features a number of the group’s latest tunes from Calexico’s Edge of the Sun played in stripped down acoustic fashion.

by PopMatters Staff

28 Jul 2015

The Grand Ole  Opry shares new Ashley Monroe video goodness.

It’s no secret that we are huge Ashley Monroe fans around these parts. Her new album The Blade is one of the best country albums of the year and Monroe is having the best year of her career. Just today, the Grand Ole Opry shared an acoustic video performance of “I’m Good at Leavin’” from her latest record as part of their “Live from the Lounge” series.

by Adrien Begrand

28 Jul 2015

The LA singer-songwriter  serves up a bluegrass-tinged cover of a Loudon Wainwright III favorite.

Los Angeles-based singer-songriter Haroula Rose is preparing to record her third album, which is slated for a 2016 release, but in the meantime she’s recorded a series of covers for the fun of it. One in particular is noteworthy, that being her gently playful bluegrass rendition of the classic Loudon Wainwright III composition “The Swimming Song”.

by Adrien Begrand

28 Jul 2015

The debut album  by the chamber ensemble embraces the beauty and ominousness of isolation in nature.

In preparation for his chamber ensemble’s debut album, Maine native Will Mason headed to a cabin in the northern part of his home state. With no electricity, running water, phone (and of course no internet) he immersed himself in the idea of how powerful and at times frightening and overwhelming it can feel being completely isolated in nature. Beauty and dread walk hand in hand, and the mood can turn on a dime, which exactly the feeling you get on “Finn”, an extraordinary free-form 16-and-a-half-minute composition that forms the heart of the new album Beams of the Huge Night.

by Steve Leftridge and Steve Pick

28 Jul 2015

You pick your  feet in Poughkeepsie, and we pick The French Connection for Double Take #18.

Steve Leftridge: I once got into a debate with a film writer about the merits, or lack thereof, of modern action/suspense films. During this discussion, my friend proclaimed that The French Connection was the greatest police thriller of all time and that nothing made in the last couple decades comes close. So, as always here at Double Take, I’ll have to get your take on the overall quality of the film at some point, but I’m going to open with a discussion of Popeye Doyle, the hard-boiled central character played by Gene Hackman. An original tagline for the film read, “Doyle is bad news…but a good cop.” Do you think that’s an accurate description of Officer Doyle?

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Double Take: 'The French Connection' (1971)

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"You pick your feet in Poughkeepsie, and we pick The French Connection for Double Take #18.

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