REVIEW: Marcus King’s “El Dorado” is Neo-Soul Country Blues Fix

With a voice of a soul singer and country instrumentations, 23 year old Marcus King showcases his skills on El Dorado (Fantasy Recordings) with streamlined songwriting and precise performance. Recorded at Nashville’s Easy Eye Studios and produced by The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach, El Dorado is available now. Album opener, “Young Man’s Dream” paints a […]

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REVIEW: Black Lips’ “Sing…In a World That’s Falling Apart” Embraces Grime and Joy

The consistently mercurial Black Lips shift again on their first release since 2017’s Satan’s Graffiti or God’s Art?. The Atlanta-based globe-trotting punks lean hard into jangly country roots on their latest release, Sing…In a World That’s Falling Apart. Recorded and co-produced with Nic Jodoin at Laurel Canyon’s legendary Valentine Recording Studios and out via Fire […]

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REVIEW: Tall Tall Trees’ “A Wave of Golden Things” Pushes Beyond Boundaries

A Wave of Golden Things, Tall Tall Trees’ fourth studio album, finds multi-instrumentalist Mike Savino pushing his pseudonymous songwriting project beyond previous boundaries. Originally moving to NYC in the early 2000s as a bassist with an eye on the city’s vibrant jazz and experimental scene, a switch to banjo and a focus on songwriting produced […]

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REVIEW: Buffalo Jones’ “Standing By” Kindles Fire in the Belly

Produced by David Lowery and engineered/mixed by Drew Vandenberg at Chase Park Transduction in Athens, GA, Buffalo Jones’ Standing By showcases Spokane, Washington Buffalo Jones’ alt-country indie rock and makes a strong argument for induction into your regular record rotation. Buffalo Jones is Jason Johnson (lead vocals, guitar), Brandon Humphreys (lead guitar), Andy Rumsey (bass), […]

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REVIEW: Hawktail’s “Formations” is Elite Pickers Vocal-Free Adventurism

Hawktail is comprised of a group of American roots music elite pickers: Brittany Haas on violin, Paul Kowert on bass, Dominick Leslie on mandolin, and Jordan Tice on guitar. On Formations, the group’s debut on Padiddle Records, Hawktail immediately set themselves apart from their contemporaries with a mix of vocal-free bluegrass that is not afraid […]

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REVIEW: Rue Snider’s “Pete’s Candy Store, Pt. 1” EP Dissects the Darker Side in Favor of Brighter Futures

Rue Snider’s most recent release, Pete’s Candy Store, Pt. 1, captures Snider as never before – solo, acoustic, live. Pete’s Candy Store, Pt. 1 showcases a side a Snider previously hidden from those that have yet to see Snider live. While the majority of his output has centered on studio projects augmented by a fine […]

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REVIEW: Nicholas David’s “Yesterday’s Gone” is a Fix of Pop Soul Grooves

Produced by Samantha Fish for her Wild Heart Records, Yesterday’s Gone finds third place finisher on The Voice, Nicholas David, capitalizing on recent notoriety by releasing an excellent collection built on the sizable catalogue David has developed over the last 15 years. David met Samantha Fish while he working as a touring keyboard player with […]

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REVIEW: The John Byrne Band’s “A Shiver in the Sky” Bridges the Divide Between Here and Home

The John Byrne Band presents A Shiver in the Sky recorded and produced by Andy Keenan at Spice House Sound in Philadelphia. Upon the first notes Byrne’s Dublin roots are evident – not confining, but providing a solid foundation for the songs that follow. Byrne treads traditional trials and tribulations of the human experience: relationships, […]

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