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Ron Sexsmith

Ron Sexsmith

Ron Sexsmith has warmed up. If you’ve taken in Canadian songwriter’s entire catalog, then you’ve seen a full spectrum of emotions from the 51-year-old. However, recent fans have mostly found a melancholy artist admitting confusion and revealing frustration. While his new album isn’t exactly sunny, Carousel One is definitely the brightest album Sexsmith has released in years. Even more, Carousel […]

Villagers

Villagers

Conor O’Brien, the man behind Villagers, is in the deep end, a creative space so enclosed that he’s unaware of the hype, expectations or demands surrounding his new album, Darling Arithmetic. His last two albums have been shortlisted for the prestigious Mercury Music Prize, and maybe third time’s the charm. No matter, Conor is primarily concerned […]

Josh Garrels

Josh Garrels

In retrospect, Home was an obvious result. In the few years following Love & War & The Sea In Between, Josh Garrels found an ever-increasing, well, everything. From the number of tour dates to the sizes of venues to the numbers in attendance, the Portland artist’s popularity grew in scope equal to the epic album he’d released. […]

Hanna Rae

Hanna Rae

With her premiere tour on the horizon and her first EP, Rookie in the Ring, gaining an impressive amount of attention, indie pop singer Hanna Rae is making waves in both Nashville and the folk music communities. Hanna’s remarkable voice, one reminiscent of the iconic sounds of Ingrid Michaelson and Sara Bareilles, carries through each […]

Crocodiles

Crocodiles

Brandon Welchez and Charles Rowell, the men behind Crocodiles, are nearly ready to release their fifth album. That total itself is more than the average lifespan of a band, but considering the longtime friends and musical partners formed Crocodiles as recently as 2009, it’s a punkish total that shows the band’s internal trust and punkish ethos that […]

Big Harp

Big Harp

If it feels like it’s been a long time since Big Harp released an album, imagine how it feels from their perspective. The duo of Chris Senseney and his wife, Stefanie Drootin-Senseney, have released music on an ASAP basis to this point, keen to give it to fans as quick as they possibly can. However, Big […]

Hippo Campus

Hippo Campus

Every band clamors for every inch of traction when they’re first starting. The confident, jangly pop of Hippo Campus is doing much of the work for the St. Paul-based band. A performance by the quartet earned the respect of local hero Alan Sparhawk of Low, who signed on to produce their EP, Bashful Creatures. The […]

Happyness

Happyness

Chances are, if you’re reading about the band Happyness, you’re also reading a list a Who’s Who of the Indie ’90s. That’s not a band thing when you’re a buzz band looking to break out, which is exactly the South London trio is doing now — playing 13 times at South by Southwest in Austin […]

Sean Watkins

Sean Watkins

I’ve seen Sean Watkins perform twice over the last two years without ever seeing Sean Watkins, Performing Artist. Last year, the Nickel Creek reunion tour brought the talented songwriter and guitarist to the Ryman, and the previous year, the Franklin Theater hosted Sara Watkins with her brother in tow. But it’s been a long time […]

Joshua Powell & The Great Train Robbery

Joshua Powell & The Great Train Robbery

Joshua Powell has always aimed high. From high cultural influences to a high musical standard, there’s a reason Powell teaches classes as an adjunct professor in his mid-twenties while making electric folk records steeped in Russian literature. Yet the barrier has never been there between Powell and his audience, as the Indiana resident has worked tirelessly to […]