Bear Family’s Deluxe Johnson City Sessions Box Sheds Light on East Tennessee’s Country Roots
Published 12/4/2013 at 9:35 a.m. 0 comments
Its hard to talk about the Johnson City sessions without making obvious comparisons with the famous Bristol sessions. After all, Johnson City is just 25 miles down the road, and both sessions happened in the span of just three years. ...
Bill Orcutt Finds New Life in Old Forms While the Necks Go Long(er)
Published 11/20/2013 at 10:05 a.m. 0 comments
Even in an era lousy with steel-string acoustic guitarists exploring the roots-based, exploration-minded bent that John Fahey pioneered 50 years ago, Bill Orcutt stands out.
After Almost 40 years, More Motörhead Isn’t Necessarily Better
Published 10/23/2013 at 10:19 a.m. 0 comments
The brand-new Aftershock is one of the better recent Motörhead albums. But is that enough?
Three Veteran Bands From the Furthest Edges of Rock Confirm Their Relevance
Published 10/2/2013 at 10:31 a.m. 0 comments
Surgical Steel (Nuclear Blast) should blow anyone expecting a nostalgic reverie back about five steps. In fact, it’s soon clear that a coupla dudes on the far side of 40 went and waxed one of the best, most vital metal ...
Bill Callahan and Richard Youngs Demonstrate Two Very Different Approaches to the Singer/Songwriter Tradition
Published 9/25/2013 at 10:58 a.m. 0 comments
Dream River (Drag City) is Callahan’s 15th full-length record, and it is a good one, but many of the songs seem interchangeable with material from his last few albums.
Return of the King: A New Box Set Uncovers Elvis' '70s Stax Sesssion
Published 9/4/2013 at 10:32 a.m. 2 comments
Overlooked at the time and mostly forgotten since, despite deluxe reissues a few years ago, the three albums Elvis Presley recorded at Stax in 1973 are a significant part of what should be remembered as Elvis’ prime years.
Raspberry Bulbs Beat Pop. 1280 in the New Noise-Rock Race
Published 8/14/2013 at 10:08 a.m. 0 comments
The bleak worldview shared by Pop. 1280 frontman Chris Bug and guitarist Ivan Lip doesn’t really stand up to scrutiny unless you’re a pissed-off teenager.
Guitar Heroes: New Albums From Doc Watson, Jenks Miller, and Bill Frisell
Published 7/31/2013 at 10:20 a.m. 0 comments
Doc Watson was a virtuoso, an encyclopedia of traditional Appalachian music, and a living, breathing embodiment of the 1960s folk revival. That is, he was kind of boring.
Summer Jams: Daft Punk, Robin Thicke, and Miguel Compete for Song of the Summer
Published 7/3/2013 at 9:21 a.m. 0 comments
Naming the definitive song of any summer is an imprecise and imperfect formulation.
The Fall's Recent Winning Streak Comes to an End With Lackluster 'Re-Mit'
Published 6/12/2013 at 11:08 a.m. 1 comment
The Fall is a paradox, remarkable as much for its consistency—the British band has released an album every year or two for more than three decades, dating all the way back to 1979’s Live at the Witch Trials—as for its ...
Uncle Acid and Ghost B.C. Try to Stay Mysterious in the Information Age
Published 5/8/2013 at 9:55 a.m. 0 comments
Sometimes the best publicity is no publicity at all. When the British band Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats released its second album, Blood Lust, in 2011, the group was shrouded in mystery—no interviews, no photos, no concerts, no names, even. ...
French Alt-Rock Stars Phoenix Rise Again With 'Bankrupt!'
Published 4/24/2013 at 10:40 a.m. 0 comments
Bankrupt! (Glassnote) is a logical extension of their trademark style, playing like the woozy hangover after Wolfgang’s decadent night out.
Ashley Monroe and the Mavericks Take Advantage of Second Chances
Published 3/13/2013 at 10:49 a.m. 0 comments
Ashley Monroe's new album, Like a Rose (Warner Bros. Nashville), released earlier this month, is even more deeply indebted to hardcore country traditions than the Pistol Annies' Hell on Heels, and while it seems likely to earn Monroe respect from ...
Will Oldham and Dawn McCarthy Present an Unfamiliar Side of the Everly Brothers on 'What the Brothers Sang'
Published 2/20/2013 at 9:42 a.m. 0 comments
It makes a funny sort of sense that singer/songwriter Will Oldham would be an Everly Brothers fan.
British Pop Weirdo Jamie Lidell Channels George Clinton on New Self-Titled Album
Published 2/13/2013 at 10:20 a.m. 0 comments
Part of what’s always made Jamie Lidell so compelling is that he’s so difficult to pigeonhole.
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