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The Barr Brothers – Sleeping Operator

The Barr Brothers – Sleeping Operator

With the band having started with Andrew and Brad Barr, The Barr Brothers have spent the past four years impressing the folk realm with their experienced and inquisitive sounds and words. Their self-titled debut album appeared in September of 2011 and since then the band has seen a steady rise in both their fan base […]

Eno Hyde – High Life

Eno Hyde – High Life

Modern music owes a debt to Brian Eno that we may never be able to repay. Even when he’s not in front of the microphone or coraling musicians to help him achieve the musical visions within his head Eno is behind the mixing boards of some of the most relevant and talented bands and musicians cutting their sound […]

Rebecca Roubion – Christmas Lights

Rebecca Roubion – Christmas Lights

Since moving to Nashville a few years back, singer-songwriter Rebecca Roubion has been steadily working at fine tuning her sound, releasing two critically acclaimed EPs that highlight the artist’s saccharine sweet voice and her deceptively light and airy indie-pop sensibilities. Now Roubion has set her sights on the holiday season and her latest, Christmas Lights, […]

Ryan Adams – Ryan Adams (take 2)

Ryan Adams – Ryan Adams (take 2)

After what was, for him, an eternity without a new album (three years!), Ryan Adams has returned with a self-titled release. That kind of decision so far into an artist’s career always garners discussion about its meaning, and generally raises expectations for some kind of definitive artistic statement. For an artist as stylistically restless as […]

Ryan Adams – Ryan Adams (take 1)

Ryan Adams – Ryan Adams (take 1)

It’s kind of funny that Benmont Tench’s essential contribution to so many great Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers came to mind the first time I saw Ryan Adams perform “Gimme Something Good” on The Tonight Show. Well, wouldn’t you know that keyboardist Tench played piano and organ on this album? And it shows. Furthermore, any […]

Guided By Voices – Cool Planet

Guided By Voices – Cool Planet

We may not have known it at the time of release, but Cool Planet turned out to be the final LP from the reunited Guided by Voices. This capped a roughly three-year span in which the line-up responsible for canonical GbV like Bee Thousand and Alien Lanes dropped more albums than most bands do in […]

Ex Hex – Rips

Ex Hex – Rips

Mary Timony has bounced around from band to band – Autoclave, Helium, Wild Flag – and has thus far only found temporary homes for her signature off-kilter guitar work and songwriting. Chalk this up to a variety of issues; bad luck, restlessness, geographical logistics (in the case of Wild Flag), but serious fans of Timony […]

Young Widows – Easy Pain

Young Widows – Easy Pain

The latest album by raw power trio Young Widows smolders with nonchalant menace. If Easy Pain were flesh and blood human, he would be the guy with a five o’clock shadow at the end of the bar in some dive, glaring at no one in particular while cleaning the dirt out from under his fingernails […]

Scissors for Lefty – Bangs and Lashes

Scissors for Lefty – Bangs and Lashes

San Fran family band Scissors for Lefty will be hitting the decade mark soon marred by nearly seven years of silence. Despite this, and in the face of a year’s delay on their most recent endeavor, Bangs and Lashes doesn’t lose an ounce of momentum for fans of 2007’s Underhanded Romance. While the titular lead […]

Over the Rhine – Blood Oranges In the Snow

Over the Rhine – Blood Oranges In the Snow

Folks looking for the sweetly saccharine tales of a nostalgic Christmas, the playful cheekiness of “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” or the fireside tones of “The Christmas Song” will be disappointed with the fare that eclectic singer-songwriters Over the Rhine deliver on their third holiday-inspired outing. Yet, for the listener who sticks it out, they’ll be […]