Chris Smither's 50 Years Of Folk September 16, 2014 - Bluesman, singer, and songwriter Chris Smither has been at it for 50 years and has commemorated that anniversary with a new double disc collection of his material over the years re-recorded in his birthplace New Orleans. It is appropriately called Still On The Levee.
Originally published on Wed September 24, 2014 10:38 am
Vermont native King Tuff, a.k.a. Kyle Thomas, has been prowling the corners of the D.I.Y. scene for years, both in this solo guise and as a member of several vastly different acts: the freak-folk outfit Feathers, the wunderkind pop band Happy Birthday, the doom-metal burner Witch. But until Black Moon Spell, he hadn't really pushed his persona so far in a single direction. On his third full-length album, Thomas re-brands himself as some sort of demonic teenager, out for kicks, laughs, and maybe a little mailbox baseball, as opposed to bloodshed and the apocalypse.
Originally published on Wed September 24, 2014 10:39 am
A clue about the scruffy aesthetic of Sukierae arrives at the 2:27 mark of "World Away," one of 20 (!) songs on the first family-band album from Jeff Tweedy of Wilco. Until this point, the tune — a variation on the Bo Diddley beat strummed on acoustic guitar, with Tweedy's sleepy voice distantly implying a blues cadence — has been fairly straightforward.
Originally published on Wed September 24, 2014 10:41 am
Leonard Cohen is not a man for manifestos. Peripatetic bohemian, Montreal native, Zen meditator, diaspora Jew: Rock's almost-octogenarian philosopher emeritus inhabits identities that are multiple, contested, and resistant to orthodoxy. He is, however, willing to lay some things on the line. "I'm slowing down the tune, I never liked it fast," he intones over a burlesque blues line in the first track on his 13th studio album, Popular Problems. "You want to get there soon; I want to get there last."
"Song For Zula" Highlights Phosphorescent's Vintage Cafe When we heard that Matthew Houck and Phosphorescent might have a new live album coming early in 2015, we thought it was time to give another listen to our 2013 session with the Brooklyn based band. It was recorded right as their album Muchacho was being released.
Le Cordon Bleu Grad Kelis Cooks Up New Album Food September 11, 2014 - If what you know about R&B singer Kelis is her ubiquitous 2003 hit single "Milkshake" or her short lived marriage to rapper Nas, then we are here to hip you to much more about this multi-faceted woman.
An Extended Ryan Adams Interview & Performance With A Song You Have Never Heard Ryan Adams has just released his new self-titled album. It's his second since he took time away from touring and recording to deal with the health issue surrounding his problems with Meniere's Disease, an inner ear problem that made performing loud rock music unbearable.
Married Performers Shovels & Rope Maintain Their "On The Brink of Losing It" Intensity Husband and wife Michael Trent and Cary Ann Hearst are Shovels & Rope, the Charleston, South Carolina based folk duo who had big success with their first album as a band, O Be Joyful, in 2013.
Lee Bains III And The Glory Fires Play Southern Rock With A Punk Attitude Today we meet the Birmingham, Alabama based rock band Lee Bains III and The Glory Fires. This is loud rock and roll that draws from Southern rock as well as punk. Plus, believe it or not, gospel.