REVIEW: Pieta Brown’s “Freeway” Confronts Perennial Difficulties feat. Mark Knopfler

Pieta Brown, daughter of stalwart folk songwriter Greg Brown, returns with a new record out September 20 via Ani DiFranco’s Righteous Babe Records. Co-produced with Bon Iver drummer and solo artist S. Carey and recorded at Justin Vernon’s April Base Studio, Freeway finds Brown confronting the perennial difficulties we all have with change and transition. […]

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REVIEW: Andrew Combs’ “Ideal Man” is a Collection of Heartfelt Tunes

Andrew Combs’ Ideal Man, his debut release for New West Records, features a collection of heartfelt tunes. Combs’ cadres of collaborators include Sam Cohen (keys, guitar, bass, background voclas), Dominic Billet (drums, background voclas), and Jerry Bernhardt (keys, guitar, bass, background voclas), as well as co-writers John Henry, Dylan LeBlanc, Jeff Trott, Burton Collins, and Kenny […]

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REVIEW: Hiss Golden Messenger’s “Terms of Surrender” Contemplates Existential and Mundane

Hiss Golden Messenger’s latest release, Terms of Surrender (Merge Records), finds M.C. Taylor contemplating both the existential and mundane challenges of day to day living. Produced by Taylor and Brad Cook, Terms of Surrender features guest appearances by Jenny Lewis, Josh Kaufman and Aaron Dessner of The National. The album was recorded at Dessner’s Long […]

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REVIEW: Darrin Bradbury’s “Talking Dogs and Atom Bombs” is the Record America Needs Now

Darrin Bradbury’s Talking Dogs and Atom Bombs, the singer-songwriter’s Anti- Records debut, pulls no punches on its dissection of daily life in American, but Bradbury tempers his cutting insights with a humor and wit, laughing at the absurdity that abounds at every turn. Packing 11 songs into 26 minutes, Talking Dogs and Atom Bombs wastes […]

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REVIEW: Charley Crockett’s “The Valley” Embraces His Inner Texas

On The Valley (Son of Davy) Charley Crockett jettisons the Louisiana in his sound and fully embraces his inner Texas. Gone are the trumpet and accordion replaced by fiddle and pedal steel. With the exception of a few tracks that steal a sensibility, energy, and a saxophone or organ from Motown, Crockett sounds akin to theWestern swingers of old, especially on title track, “The Valley,” and “10,000 Acres.” Two of the […]

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