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by Sarah Zupko

20 Jan 2016

Bluegrass fiddler and roots music extraordinaire Laurie Lewis returns with a new album tribute to two seminal female figures in bluegrass, Alice Gerrard and Hazel Dickens. Both of these artists were huge influences on Lewis’ artistic development as she “had heard ballsy women singers on the local bluegrass scene, but I hadn’t heard other
women doing that on recordings.”

Lewis also brought along a few notable friends to complete this amazing tribute to Gerrard and Dickens, including the stellar new talent Aoife O’Donovan and Linda Ronstadt.

by Sarah Zupko

15 Jan 2016

England’s Turin Brakes warmed up the early ‘00s with a series of superb, beautifully composed folk rock albums that featured melodic hooks that just never quit. They have been a bit out of the limelight in the US for the past few years, but they have been steadily releasing gorgeous records since 2001’s The Optimist LP.

by Cole Waterman

13 Jan 2016

Detroit’s Nigel and the Dropout have been a genre-bending outfit since their inception. Melding psych rock with punk attitude, contorting it with prog elements and electronic dance beats, then wrapping it all in a veneer of theatricality, the duo of Nigel Van Hemmye and Andrew “the Dropout” Ficker consistently conjures an evocative sound. Their latest tune, “Rearrange”, pushes their creative envelope further than before, incorporating jazz and the hip-hop stylings of fellow Detroiters Passalacqua.

by Sarah Zupko

11 Jan 2016

Photo: Courtesy of the Winterlings

The Winterlings found much success with their debut album, The Animal Groom, and now they are back to up the ante with a set of new indie folk songs that offer an escape from our urban lives. You Are Acres paints the landscapes of Washington state in imaginative detail, capturing the spirit of the geography that the Winterlings inhabit.

by PopMatters Staff

7 Jan 2016

Brett Harris bases his career out of the pop triangle (a.k.a. the Research Triangle in North Carolina) where they still believe in pure pop with sparkling melodies, catchy choruses and jangly guitars. Harris has recently been a touring member of the Big Star Third ensemble, as well as having opened for pop gods the dB’s on the reunion tour. His new album, Up in the Air, releases March 4, 2016 on Hit the Deck Recordings and we’ve got a great slice of ear candy from that album to sample with “End of the Rope”.

//Mixed media

Beyoncé and When Music Writing Becomes Activism

// Sound Affects

"The overall response to Beyoncé's "Formation" has been startlingly positive, but mostly for reasons attached to political agendas. It's time to investigate this trend.

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