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Sarah Jarosz

Sarah Jarosz

For some time she was considered a prodigy, but we should be well past that point now when referencing Sarah Jarosz. After all, the talented artist has put in her time and even at the young age of 22-years-old, Jarosz is a polished veteran with her third full-length in hand. She has, in other words, […]

Foy Vance

Foy Vance

Irish-turned-Oklahoman songwriter Foy Vance isn’t worried about meeting the demands of the marketplace. He’s also not interested in the work of his peers, at least when it comes to comparing levels of success and progress. Instead music remains a “cathartic process” for Foy, one that keeps him from worrying about his place in an unpredictable industry. […]

Gregory Alan Isakov

Gregory Alan Isakov

It’s one thing to say an artist follows his/her instincts. It’s another things entirely to abandon a finished project because it feels wrong. Gregory Alan Isakov just didn’t feel right about the batch of songs he was working on to follow up 2009′s This Empty Northern Hemisphere. If you wonder why it’s taken this long […]

ZZ Ward

ZZ Ward

ZZ Ward has enjoyed a nice year. We’d call it a breakout year. While the seeds of such potential were planted last fall with her debut ‘Till The Casket Drops, the soulful songstress has truly blooomed in 2013. From late night TV appearances to television placements, you don’t have to search far and wide to […]

múm

múm

The electronic textures of múm have changed as often as its members since the Icelandic band debuted 16 years ago. Yet in that time, the beauty created by Gunnar Örn Tynes and company has always enchanted no matter how the various elements ebbed and flowed. Much of that can be attributed to Tynes, who says […]

Black Prairie

Black Prairie

Colin Meloy had threatened such a break before, but when The Decemberists front man finally made good on the ever-looming longing for a break from the popular band, Chris Funk and Nate Query decided to take on a new challenge. Given a four-year break from their primary duties within the Portland band, they partnered with […]

Roadkill Ghost Choir

Roadkill Ghost Choir

Andrew Shepard admits it – the music business can be terrifying. But it sure beats the hell out of retail. “It’s strange, we’re pretty new to it and we’re learning more and more about it every day,” said Shepard, singer/guitarist for the Florida sextet Roadkill Ghost Choir. “It’s stressful, but I’d rather be touring than […]

Ben Rector

Ben Rector

Ben Rector reached the summit he’d been climbing toward; unfortunately, it wasn’t the view he hoped for. After successful back-to-back releases in 2010-11, Rector reached a sizeable audience and earned multiple TV placements, achieving long-held dreams in the process. Yet the singer-songwriter says he wasn’t any more satisfied than when he first wielded a guitar […]

Obits

Obits

Sohrab Habibion has been in this game for a long time. Whether it was his early days with Edsel or his current position as one fourth of the killer Sub Pop act known as Obits, Habibion has seen the highs and lows of an ever-changing industry, but one thing remains the same: the passion to […]

James Maddock

James Maddock

James Maddock has been referred to as a sort of British Bob Dylan, which, while complimentary, is quite difficult praise to live up to. He’s not, by the way, Britain’s answer to Bob Dylan. Instead, Maddock creates wonderfully roots-y folk-rock comparable to David Gray or (one of Gray’s big inspirations) Van Morrison. Maddock’s new album, […]