folk rock

The Avett Brothers Are in Long-Term Career Mode

The Avett Brothers Are in Long-Term Career Mode

The Avett Brothers’ new self-titled album is solid but not spectacular, which can happen after a group have settled into a long-term career mode.

Michael Feuerstack Matches Questions with Infectious Grooves

Michael Feuerstack Matches Questions with Infectious Grooves

In Eternity Mongers, Michael Feuerstack proves his mettle as a fine, seasoned songwriter and captures soulful innocence and throws in killer hooks.

Neil Young and Crazy Horse’s ‘Fu##in’ Up’ is Fu##in’ Great

Neil Young and Crazy Horse’s ‘Fu##in’ Up’ is Fu##in’ Great

A track-by-track homage to their classic album Ragged Glory, Fu##in’ Up highlights Neil Young and Crazy Horse at their best – loose, loud, and long-lasting.

Minor Moon Brings a Hopeful Twang to the Apocalypse

Minor Moon Brings a Hopeful Twang to the Apocalypse

Minor Moon’s LP is deeply adventurous but has a sharp, reflective eye on the rearview mirror. It’s a warm fuzz of country rock amidst a world falling apart.

25 Years of Tom Waits’ ‘Mule Variations’

25 Years of Tom Waits’ ‘Mule Variations’

With Mule Variations, Tom Waits tamed his vaudevillian guises and showed that he was aging gracefully, while retaining his integrity towards his artistry.

Aaron Lee Tasjan Is Seriously Funny on ‘Stellar Evolution’

Aaron Lee Tasjan Is Seriously Funny on ‘Stellar Evolution’

Aaron Lee Tasjan often goes for a laugh with broad puns and subtle references to pop culture. Yes, he is funny, but he is also serious, seriously funny.

The Eagles Were ‘On the Border’ of Greatness 50 Years Ago

The Eagles Were ‘On the Border’ of Greatness 50 Years Ago

The Eagles’ On the Border (1974) signified the crossing of a musical boundary, as they progressed from country to rock, ensuring future mainstream success.

John Moreland Goes It Alone As a ‘Visitor’

John Moreland Goes It Alone As a ‘Visitor’

John Moreland’s gift to listeners is rooted in his alienation, as on his latest album, Visitor. We visit his world as a way to find ourselves.

Charlie Parr Looks Inward and Upward for ‘Little Sun’

Charlie Parr Looks Inward and Upward for ‘Little Sun’

Charlie Parr remains aware of his blues tradition, but he mostly moves into his own space, building on his roots background with creativity for Little Sun.

Phosphorescent Turns Introspective on ‘Revelator’

Phosphorescent Turns Introspective on ‘Revelator’

Revelator captures Phosphorescent’s endeavor to encounter life as it is, practicing vulnerability, empathy, and a degree of self-effacement.

Rosali’s ‘Bite Down’ Sounds Classic

Rosali’s ‘Bite Down’ Sounds Classic

Rosali’s Bite Down is a deceptively smooth ride that threatens to pull you under at any moment. Its classic sound draws from Fleetwood Mac and 1970s music.

Ratboys Seize ‘The Window’ of Opportunity

Ratboys Seize ‘The Window’ of Opportunity

After breaking through with a lockdown-inspired set of songs, the Ratboys’ “post-country” stylings find a new audience, opening for the Decemberists.