REVIEWS: Bill Callahan’s “Gold Record” Examines the Touchstones That Keep Us Grounded

Formerly known as Smog, Bill Callahan established a reputation as an enigmatic brooding singer-songwriter with a penchant for life’s seemingly mundane moments. He has released seven (including Gold Record) albums under his own name since retiring the Smog moniker. Under his given name, Callahan hand has continued to explore similar corners of life but with […]

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REVIEW: Khruangbin “Mordechai” Is a Place Where Precision Carries Resonance

On Mordechai, Khruangbin’s 3rd full length album, the band continues to push the boundaries of their ‘60s Thai influences while simultaneously harkening to its soft jazz kindred spirits. Like a new age neon lounge act, Khruangbin defies easy categorization or explanation – one of many things that makes this band so intriguing. Although appealing to […]

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REVIEW: Charley Crockett’s “Welcome to Hard Times” is Crooner’s Call and Heartache

Charlie Crockett – Welcome to Hard Times Welcome to Hard Times, the latest work from Charley Crockett, continues to embrace the wide open western plains with a country crooner’s call and plodding heartache. Gambling, horses, trains, chain gangs, and lonesomeness all make an appearance in these tales told with worry, woe, and world weary wisdom […]

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REVIEW: Whitten’s “How to Speak to Giants” Sets a Standard in Instrumental Country Grooves

A retired road warrior’s solo debut sets a new standard in instrumental country grooves. Whit Wright’s Whitten project showcases the former American Aquarium and current Nashville hired gun’s pedal steel work over a bevy of keys, bass, and drums. How to Speak to Giants (out now) finds Whit exploring musical genres and pushing pedal steel […]

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REVIEW: Joe Nolan’s “Drifters” is Wordplay Prowess and Sincere Sentimentality

This predominately acoustic collection highlights Joe Nolan’s word play prowess and sincere sentimentality. His first out on Fallen Tree Records, Drifters, finds Nolan teaming with engineer Scott Franchuk (Riverdale Recorders, Edmonton, Canada). In the midst of the cacophony of noise that constantly fills modern life Nolan’s turn toward simple arrangement and minimal accompaniment offers welcomed […]

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