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The 60 Best Albums of 2007

From tech house to Radiohead and Americana to indie and everything in between, the 60 best albums of 2007 included many of the 2000s' best albums.

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Newport Folk Scores High Marks with Favorites and Well Curated New Draws

Newport offered sets from favorites like Ryan Adams, Glen Hansard, Flight of the Conchords and chances to see new acts.

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Ryan Adams: Heartbreaker (Deluxe Reissue)

Powerful outtakes and soul-searching demos add even greater power to Ryan Adams' iconic debut.

Jasper Bruce
Music

Ryan Adams by Taylor Swift: Authoring '1989'

Even if you've never heard Swift's original performances, you're hearing them when you listen to Ryan Adams perform 1989.

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Ryan Adams: 1989

Save a few tweaks here and there, Adams' 1989 never gets too bold, his covers sounding more like curiosities than clever reinventions.

Music

Governors Ball Day 2: The Distractions of Björk, Future Islands, Ryan Adams + More (Photos)

The end of Day 2 was a choice between Ryan Adams and Deadmau5, but before them Future Islands, Björk and many more provided welcome distractions.

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Ryan Adams: Live at Carnegie Hall

Live release of 2014 solo shows at Carnegie Hall bring Adams’ poetic flair into focus. Interesting and varied set lists, excellent sound, and good humour.

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Chris Stamey - "Universe-sized Arms" (audio) (Premiere)

North Carolina singer/songwriter Chris Stamey got a chance to play around with unreleased Ryan Adams track. The result is the straightforward alt-rock of "Universe-sized Arms".

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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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Ryan Adams and the Shining: New York - 23 November 2014

Ryan Adams released one of my favorite albums of the year and it was thrilling to hear the new material at his New York show.

Music

Various Artists: While No One Was Looking: Toasting 20 Years of Bloodshot Records

After 20 years of steady releases and catalog development, the rest of the country has finally caught up to the vision of Bloodshot Records.

Music

"That Feels Good in the Heart": An Interview with Butch Walker

He's produced hits for Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, and more, but on his forthcoming Ryan Adams-produced album, Butch Walker explores some of the darkest corners of his soul.

Music

The 100 Best Albums of the 2000s: 60-41

PopMatters' coverage of the 2000s' best recordings continues with selections spanning Swedish progressive metal to minimalist electrosoul.

Music

Waiting for the Sound of His Heart: An Interview with Ethan Johns

Ethan Johns calls upon the ghosts of such British songsmiths as Bert Jansch and Nick Drake, while developing interwoven and metaphorical narratives in the footsteps of Richard Thompson and Bob Dylan.

Josh Antonuccio
Music

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.

Music

Jamestown Revival: Utah

Jamestown Revival turns out a collection of songs that truly lives up to the country-rock label, confidently toeing the line between genres.

Music

The Wynntown Marshals: The Long Haul

This album is a love letter to the likes of Uncle Tupelo, Whiskeytown, and early-career Neil Young. In fact, the Wynntown Marshals might be the best original tribute band of all time.

Music

Various Artists: The Voice Project Presents Home Recordings Volume 1

Music as a tool for social change: An important cause highlighted in a simple, yet powerful way.

Technology

In Defense of Twitter as the Devil

Twitter and other social media websites trick us into thinking our thoughts matter to people we don't know and we'll never meet.

Music

Ryan Adams: iTunes Session

One man. One guitar. One microphone. Zero songs about Space Snakes.

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Ryan Adams: 04 February 2012 - Denver, CO

Even one man, alone on stage with his instrument, can entertain a full evening.

Music

Lydia Loveless: Indestructible Machine

Ladies and Gents, Lydia Loveless came here to kick ass and chew bubblegum. Bad news is she's all out of bubblegum.

Music

Catie Curtis: Stretch Limousine on Fire

Here's another genial, generic album of singer-songwriter stuff that wouldn't sound out of place on your local public radio station.

Reviews

Ryan Adams: 21 October 2011 - Seattle

Ryan Adams' sold out show at Seattle's Benaroya Hall proved the world's most sensitive singer-songwriter has almost unlimited talent and a sense of humor too.

Music

Ryan Adams: Ashes & Fire

Ryan Adams mines a dark musical vein and strikes gold with the most confident and consistent album of his career.

Music

Ryan Adams & the Cardinals: Cardinals III & IV

Don't get too excited – Ryan Adams is just clearing the cupboards.

Music

Ryan Adams: Orion

As a surprised Ryan Adams confirms, "Travelling through hyperspace ain't like dusting crops."

Matt James
Music

Ryan Adams and the Cardinals: Cardinology

Despite some very strong moments, Adams' goofy self-indugence rears its head just enough to keep Cardinology from being a great record.

Reviews

Ryan Adams and The Cardinals

Liberating him from the baggage of his years of solo performances, Ryan Adams' immersion into The Cardinals has allowed him to re-invent himself as the frontman of an incredibly tight band.

Joseph E Carver
Music

Whiskeytown: Strangers Almanac

Like the Replacements' Pleased to Meet Me, Strangers Almanac wrangled Whiskeytown's unruliness into polished structure, yielding a ragged heart and clean lapels.

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Legends of the Chelsea Hotel by Ed Hamilton

So there you have it. Ryan Adams at the Chelsea -- maybe.

John Davidson
Music

Ryan Adams and the Cardinals: Follow the Lights

While it may only have two “new” songs, Lights is no toss-off. Each track may as well be new as far as Adams’ musical muse is concerned.

Greg M. Schwartz
Reviews

Ryan Adams & the Cardinals

Whether or not he's anal isn't really the issue. When it comes to sound, Ryan Adams simply can't catch a break.

Evan Sawdey
Music

Ryan Adams: Easy Tiger

This is some of Adams's most professional-sounding, accesssible and brightly rewarding stuff since Gold, the Ryan Adams Album For People Who Don't Have Time For All This Other Stuff.

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