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Parsonsfield Add Indie Pop to Their Folk on 'Happy Hour on the Floor'

Happy Hour on the Floor is a considerable departure from Parsonsfield's acclaimed rustic folk sound signaling their indie-pop orientation. Parsonsfield remind their audience to bestow gratitude and practice happiness: a truly welcomed exaltation.

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Lilly Hiatt Offers 'Walking Proof' of Her Many Talents

Every track on Lilly Hiatt's Walking Proof shines with imaginative playing, spirited vocals, and sensitive, literate lyrics. It's truly a kick ass record.

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Myrkur's 'Folkesange' Makes a Case for the Power of Traditional Songcraft

Neo-folk/black metal artist Myrkur bolsters her impressive discography with yet another distinctive and enthralling album that draws on other music while remaining uniquely her own.

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Six Organs of Admittance Brings the Cosmos Down to Earth

Six Organs of Admittance's Companion Rises begins and ends in a pre-dawn haze, shadowed by an inky sky that stretches out toward the cosmos before landing softly back on Earth.

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Lord Buffalo Expand Americana's Horizons via "Dog Head" (premiere)

Mud-folk, psychedelic Americana band, Lord Buffalo deliver a new video tracked in Norman, Oklahoma and spotlighting the depth of their upcoming LP, Tohu Wa Bohu.

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Counterbalance No. 7: Bob Dylan - 'Blonde on Blonde'

Number seven marks the first appearance of a fellow we’ll be seeing a lot of, one Bob Dylan. He’s a poor fool in his prime on the 1966 opus Blonde on Blonde—Counterbalance has a listen.

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The Districts Grow Older and Wiser on 'You Know I'm Not Going Anywhere'

You Know I'm Not Going Anywhere is a sonic and lyrical breakthrough for the Districts, a record that's years beyond anything else in their catalog.

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Daniel Pearson Plays Every Instrument on His Rock Anthem, "Brother" (premiere)

Daniel Pearson retains the knack for atmospheric melodies that garnered his reputation while confidently strutting back to his grittier rock roots on "Brother".

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Smoke Fairies Find 'Darkness Brings the Wonders Home'

South London alt-rockers, Smoke Fairies allude to the danger of looking too closely in the light on their new album, Darkness Brings the Wonders Home. It's only in the darkness where one can experience the marvelous.

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Stephen Malkmus Goes Folk on 'Traditional Techniques'

Stephen Malkmus' Traditional Techniques melds folk-rock flavoring with junk-food surrealism delivered through his characteristic brand of irony.

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Phoebe Bridgers - "Garden Song" (Singles Going Steady)

Phoebe Bridgers' "Garden Song" is a travelogue of memories and dreams, woven together gracefully and delivered with perfect effortlessness.

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James Taylor's Standards Album Sounds Exactly Like You Imagine It Does

The father of soft rock is the latest to mine the Great American Songbook for inspiration, but unlike his peers, James Taylor approaches the material with the love, care, and sincerity of a true fan.

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AC Sapphire Takes Us to the Desert on 'Omni Present' (EP stream) (premiere)

On her new EP, folk rocker AC Sapphire delivers a collection of songs for fans of Jeff Buckley, Neko Case, and Liz Phair, many of which are informed by the expanses of the Mojave Desert.

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The Lone Bellow Create Intimate Americana Chamber Pieces on 'Half Moon Light'

The writing on the Lone Bellow's Half Moon Light strives towards the essence of a thing – emotional conflict and tension, inward or interpersonal – and resolution.

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Jenn Grinels and Marc Broussard Examine Love on "Evidence" (premiere)

Jenn Grinels and Marc Broussard join forces for the catchy, new soul-pop single, "Evidence".

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Ben Watt Turns Middle-aged Angst Into Gold on 'Storm Damage'

For solo album #4, Ben Watt makes second age musings on mortality and introspection sound beautiful.

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BeauSoleil's Michael Doucet Steps Out with Lâcher Prise for "Water Water" (premiere)

Cajun music legend and BeauSoleil founder Michael Doucet releases a video for "Water Water", recorded with his new adventurous, roots music quintet, Lâcher Prise.

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Plugging Into the Third Mind

Alt-rock supergroup the Third Mind launches a musical adventure that brings Alice Coltrane and Roky Erickson together and doesn't forget the guitar solos.

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Nathaniel Rateliff Gets Personal on 'And It's Still Alright'

The title of Americana artist Nathaniel Rateliff's latest solo LP, And It's Still Alright, suggests that there's joy after pain, but the record's contents also note that the opposite is true.

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John Moreland's 'LP5' Finds Strength in Simplicity

Americana's John Moreland has a deep voice and sings without affectation. There's an honesty in his straightforward delivery and something down-to-earth even in his most lofty sentiments.

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Andy Shauf Shines a Light on 'The Neon Skyline'

On The Neon Skyline, Andy Shauf reminisces about the bad as well as the good with the fuzziness of alcohol cushioning the blows of memory. Life continues, he notes, even if it doesn't always progress.

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Leaving Room: Ryley Walker and Charles Rumback on Collaboration and Listening

Little Common Twist, the latest improvisatory album from Ryley Walker and jazz drummer Charles Rumback, sounds like listening. The two musicians are locked in intuitive communion that confines neither guitar nor drums to their pigeonholes. We ask them how they do it and why.

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Fruition Bring Halloween Catharsis to Petaluma's Mystic Theater

Fruition give the Bay Area a boost with a triumphant All Hallows Eve performance in the wake of PG&E's forced blackouts.

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Enjoy Yourself: An Interview with Todd Snider

Todd Snider's 2004 album, East Nashville Skyline, is getting a new lease on life with a new vinyl edition, but the veteran troubadour remains creatively restless and committed to his musical future. "I might sound like I know how life works but I don't. I know less about it all the time."

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The Lumineers Get Cerebral on 'III'

Gone are the days of the Lumineers' pop-standards and monosyllabic earworms. III is a cerebral and disquieting portrait of addiction.

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Alec Shaw Bares His Soul in a Live Rendition of "Fools Gold" (premiere)

Indie pop singer-songwriter Alec Shaw brings gospel flavoring to a new live rendition of "Fools Gold", a song about observing the grey areas in religion.

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The Timetravellin' Bob Dylan: On 'Bringing It All Back Home'

Bob Dylan is going nowhere—and will continue to do so. That is his lot. That is our luck. He was there at the birth of America. He will be there at the funeral.

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Light in the Attic Celebrates New Releases By Late Singer-Songwriter Jim Sullivan

Light in the Attic's Matt Sullivan discusses the legacy of the late L.A. singer-songwriter Jim Sullivan who set out for Nashville in 1975 and disappeared somewhere in New Mexico.

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Bruce Springsteen's 'The Ghost of Tom Joad' Calls Out to Us

Bruce Springsteen's 1995 album, The Ghost of Tom Joad, inherited and built upon some powerful 20th century American literary, political, and pop culture themes. Can we hear its haunting call in these times?

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Michael Kiwanuka Journeys Into His Soul

Soulful British folk rocker Michael Kiwanuka brings listeners along for an evocative sonic journey on his new album, Kiwanuku.

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Lost Classic Or Self-Indulgent Folly? Gene Clark's 'No Other' Redefines Country Rock

A flop in 1974, but now looked on as one of popular music's finest albums, does this expansive 4AD reworking of Gene Clark's No Other confirm its greatness, or reveal a case of the emperor's new clothes?

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A Shirt of Violent Green: R.E.M.'s 'Monster' Gets the Deluxe Reissue Treatment

Twenty-five years after the release of R.E.M.'s Monster, a lavish boxed set of the Georgia quartet's most controversial album creates a much-deserved opportunity for reassessment.

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Allison Moorer Adds Heavy Songs, True Blood and Healing Heart to Painful Origin Story

Americana's Allison Moorer has traveled the world, but revisits the early years of her small-town past — and the horrific moment that changed two sisters' lives — with an album and memoir that go to hell and back.

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The Velvet Underground's 'Grey Album' and the Delineation of a Decade

The Velvet Underground's 1969 self-titled release, known as the "Grey Album", blazes boldly 50 years later, and retains the same sonic relevance as a Laura Nyro or Nick Drake record: artworks utterly of their moment, that sound like they could have been made yesterday.

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"There Are No Rules": An Interview With Wilderado's Max Rainer

Tulsa, Oklahoma's Wilderado continue their steady climb toward a first album. Lead singer Max Rainer talks about deciding to return to the heartland and the power of opening for Judah & the Lion.

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Bob Weir and Wolf Bros Mine for Sonic Gold in California

Grateful Dead co-founder Bob Weir and his trio Wolf Bros close out the summer with a festive blast in Napa and Santa Cruz.

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Lee DeWyze's "Castles" Captures Childhood Memories in a Bottle (premiere)

Singer-songwriter Lee DeWyze offers a wistful, bittersweet look into the past through the stop-motion, paper-craft world of his new music video, "Castles".

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