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The Alternate Routes

The Alternate Routes

Four years ago, Good and Reckless and True first came across my desk, a potent debut of melodic sing-along pop/rock structures marked by Tim Warren’s stellar vocal work that was instantly memorable. At the time, G&R&T was an independent album and one assumed it was only a matter of time until radio fame found The […]

Robert Gomez

Robert Gomez

Robert Gomez is one of several songwriters to have emerged from Denton, Texas in the past decade. Brand New Towns, released last year on Bella Union, displayed an uncanny ability to write solid pop melodies as well as hushed love songs. In the spring of 2009, Robert is due to release A Brilliant and Burning […]

The Old 97′s

The Old 97′s

It was a present from a fan that allowed Rhett Miller, front man for The Old 97′s, to revisit his earliest musical days. And it was 20 years ago this year that Miller first played his acoustic guitar for the purpose of creating a permanent listening experience, providing that first evidence of the country/rock/Americana potential […]

Blue Eyed Blacks

Blue Eyed Blacks

Jason Moon Wilkins is out of excuses. Ten years after his initial attempts fell through, the man behind Blue Eyed Blacks finally stands with original material recorded and in-hand. And it seems the wait was essential. In between, Wilkins has built a network of Nashville friends and players, working with artists like Josh Rouse and […]

88-Keys

88-Keys

The entry of 88-Keys into the ‘Artist’ category is a long time coming. After years of working with everyone from Mos Def to Macy Gray to Talib Kweli, the heralded engineer saved enough of his own beats and concepts to create The Death of Adam – a modern retelling of the male-female saga found in […]

Copeland

Copeland

Copeland has been making music together since 2000, but it feels a little disingenuous to say they’re still creating what can loosely be termed “typical rock and roll.” In fact, their latest release – and first for Tooth and Nail Records – is softly titled You Are My Sunshine. And while their lyrical themes dwell […]

The Dears

The Dears

Murray Lightburn finds himself fighting a lot more than he’d like to. In our conversation, he’s fighting the “amusement park” atmosphere of the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas and the “bravery” of his son who’s out exploring the lights and sounds. Musically, the front man for The Dears wrestles with the industry powers-that-be for […]

Danielson

Danielson

He was wrong. The writer I sent on assignment to cover Danielson’s recent Halloween show in New York City told me such. Perhaps it was the thought of seeing a costumed band on a costumed holiday that didn’t seem too exciting. Maybe it was the whimsical music combined with Daniel Smith’s yelping and warbling that […]

David Condos

David Condos

You may not have heard of David Condos. And if you haven’t, you’re missing out. His soulful yet haunting voice, his well-crafted songs, and his band’s thoughtful indie-rock arrangements are some of Nashville’s best-kept secrets. But honestly, it’s not really your fault if you are unaware of his music; he faces the daunting task of […]

The Secret Machines

The Secret Machines

They’re getting ready for an opening slate for Oasis. In the past they’ve held that spot for U2, Interpol, Kings of Leon, Foo Fighters and Muse. Even David Bowie is a big fan. It’s adds up to a rock and roll utopia, yet The Secret Machines continue to craft stunning psych-rock under the radar. Perhaps […]