roots rock

The Felice Brothers Seek Company in the ‘Valley of Abandoned Songs’

The Felice Brothers Seek Company in the ‘Valley of Abandoned Songs’

The Felice Brothers present us with a world where we can sing along with our imaginations and know we are all brothers and sisters on life’s journey.

Songs: Ohia’s ‘Magnolia Electric Co.’ Remains a Dark Triumph

Songs: Ohia’s ‘Magnolia Electric Co.’ Remains a Dark Triumph

Songs: Ohia’s Magnolia Electric Co. remains a dark triumph in the face of adversity. It was the turning point and apex of Jason Molina’s brief life and career.

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.

Alejandro Escovedo Reinvents, Reinterprets, and Rediscovers

Alejandro Escovedo Reinvents, Reinterprets, and Rediscovers

On Echo Dancing, Alejandro Escovedo’s musical personality shines, from romantic balladeer to nefarious punk, from heartland messiah to experimental maven.

The Black Keys Hit the Bowling Alley with ‘Ohio Players’

The Black Keys Hit the Bowling Alley with ‘Ohio Players’

You can sum up the overall aesthetic concept of the Black Keys’ Ohio Players with two main points: It rocks and sounds great in a bowling alley.

Kentuckian Abby Hamilton Aspires to Be As Good As the ‘#1 Zookeeper’

Kentuckian Abby Hamilton Aspires to Be As Good As the ‘#1 Zookeeper’

Americana’s Abby Hamilton presents her characters’ experiences as valuable simply because of their quotidian relatability. Kentucky is everywhere and everyone.

Terra Lightfoot Demonstrates the ‘Healing Power’ of Song

Terra Lightfoot Demonstrates the ‘Healing Power’ of Song

The liveliness of Terra Lightfoot’s singing and playing infectiously charms her songs even when the stories told describe what may be pathological behavior.

Nils Lofgren Is Still Grinning on ‘Mountains’

Nils Lofgren Is Still Grinning on ‘Mountains’

Nils Lofgren never fails to deliver albums filled with glorious guitar playing, heartfelt songs, and a soulful look at the human condition.

Lukas Nelson Makes Good Time Music on ‘Sticks and Stones’

Lukas Nelson Makes Good Time Music on ‘Sticks and Stones’

Lukas Nelson’s Sticks and Stones is designed to help you reach your happiness goals. Party on! Others may call you a sinner. But simple words can’t hurt you.

Doug Levitt Rides the Bus to the ‘Edge of Everywhere’

Doug Levitt Rides the Bus to the ‘Edge of Everywhere’

Doug Levitt is a journalist with a guitar, and Edge of Everywhere tells the tales of his 12 years and 120,000 miles riding the Greyhound bus all over America.

Durand Jones’ Solo Debut Is Powerful and Personal

Durand Jones’ Solo Debut Is Powerful and Personal

Braiding stirring songwriting prowess and beautiful vocals, Durand Jones has created one of the most assured and brightest debut albums in quite some time.

A Lost Revolution? 35 Years of ‘Tracy Chapman’

A Lost Revolution? 35 Years of ‘Tracy Chapman’

Today’s world needs a revolution. If Tracy Chapman teaches us anything, it’s that we need fundamental change to reckon with the issues she writes about.