With Rustin’ in the Rain, Tyler Childers and the Food Stamps have dropped one of the year’s more vital pure country albums. The rich production is impressive.
Now reminds of the treasure that Graham Nash has been and continues to be in the ongoing narrative of rock music and it’s a snapshot of the creative spark.
Joy Oladokun’s Proof of Life attempts to connect with others struggling, hanging in, and moving forward, an invitation traversing musical genres in its call.
Country Westerns’ music is tight, propulsive, and unafraid to meld genres. Their “punk chutzpah with classic rock sheen” is unafraid of country and blues flavors.
The sound of joy as resistance on Boygenius’ The Record is as radical a statement as London Calling or Nevermind. It’s one of the more significant statements of our time.
In Bless This Mess, U.S. Girls identify funk and R&B grooves as conduits for the very pulse of life. It’s brilliantly conceived and executed.
Fantastic Negrito’s Grandfather Courage is a compelling, affecting work of acoustic blues and roots music, speaking to the deep currents of blues as an American art form.
Sunny War is one of the most promising, exciting voices in American roots music. Anarchist Gospel is a testament to clear-eyed persistence and gritty hope.
White Trash Revelry offers no elegy for hillbillies. Through deeply empathetic songwriting, Adeem the Artist has made one of the best country albums of 2022.
On Midnights, Taylor Swift reflects on the ghosts of the past and maps the rarely straightforward journey of fully becoming one’s self with pristine popcraft.
Death Cab for Cutie show their place in the indie rock pantheon on Asphalt Meadows while also producing music deserving of consideration with some of their best early work.