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Sean Watkins: What to Fear

Sean Watkins adds a rhythm section and opens up his sound, but the strong songwriting is what really makes What to Fear work.

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The Best Albums of 2014

From Polish black metal to mind-blowing progressive R&B and electronic music, 2014's best albums certainly have something for everyone.

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The 100 Best Albums of the 2000s: 100-81

PopMatters' picks for the best albums of the 2000s begins with a series of albums that spans epic metal, ornate indie folk, and a terrifying work of electronic music.

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Newport Folk Festival 2014: Day 1 & 2 Photos

While it is now under the umbrella of a non-profit foundation, the Newport Folk Festival still remains one of the top Summer festivals for an artist to play.

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Sean Watkins: All I Do is Lie

A timely reminder that Nickel Creek's often lowest profile member is a talented songwriter in his own right.

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An Honest Liar: An Interview with Nickel Creek's Sean Watkins

PopMatters catches up with Sean Watkins during one of his busiest years as a musician yet, which finds him touring with Nickel Creek, recording with Tom Brosseau, and releasing his new solo record, All I Do Is Lie.

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Sun-Drenched '90s Nostalgia at Forecastle Day Three

Forecastle rounded out its 2014 installment with aplomb, proving that it is only going to get bigger and better from here on out.

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Nickel Creek + The Secret Sisters: 29 April 2014 - Beacon Theatre, New York (Photos)

News about Nickel Creek's new release A Dotted Line might have been drowned out by the fact the band is back together and celebrating their 25th anniversary.

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Nickel Creek: A Dotted Line

For its first album in nine years, Nickel Creek tames down the displays of virtuosity that defined much of their previous albums, offering up a more pastoral take on their otherwise “newgrass" take on bluegrass.

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Yonder Mountain String Band: YMSB EP13

Bluegrass for people who don’t really like bluegrass, Yonder Mountain hasn’t made much career progress for a band sometimes shuffled under the progressive bluegrass label.

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Punch Brothers: 17 April 2012 - Lexington, KY

Never mind what the group appears to be, as their style transcends the limits of instrumental preferences.

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No Concern of Yours: An Interview with Punch Brothers

He's been in Grammy-winning bands, has worked with some of the best producers in the world, has a documentary coming out about him, and more -- but Chris Thile still doesn't see what the big fuss is about.

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Lyle Lovett: 28 February 2012 - New York

Lyle Lovett was in classic form Tuesday night in New York, showing off his stylistic dexterity.

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Stripped Down: The 10 Best Acoustic Covers

The song, while the product of an artist with a unique vision, has the capability to become something else once it is put out for everyone to hear. Once a song is out in the open, it could very well undergo a transformation unlike the original artist ever anticipated.

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Nickel Creek with Fiona Apple

It was about the time people starting screaming "Fiona!" that it became painfully clear: somebody got this bill backwards.

Anita Schillhorn
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Nickel Creek: Reasons Why

Tasty tracks from three spectacular newgrass albums, plus videos and live music.

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Nickel Creek: Why Should the Fire Die?

The newgrass wunderkinds make a strong bid for pop stardom without sacrificing too much of their purity.

Will Layman
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Nickel Creek: This Side

In the haste to make an all-encompassing statement, Nickel Creek sacrifices a little too much simplicity.

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