REVIEW: Come On Up To The House: Women Sing Waits is Reverent Adherence to Master Craft

With Warren Zanes (Del Fuegos, author, kids’ music aficionado) producing and an impressive cast of female musicians including Phoebe Bridgers, Aimee Man, Allison Moorer, Shelby Lynne, Patty Griffin, Rosanne Cash, Angie McMahon, Iris Dement, and Courtney Marie Andrews among others, Come On Up To The House: Women Sing Waits (Dualtone) forgoes unique arrangements for reverent adherence […]

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REVIEW: Fat Possum’s “If You’re Going to the City: A Tribute to Mose Allison”

If You’re Going to the City: A Tribute to Mose Allison available via Fat Possum Records on November 29th features performances from a wide variety of artists including Taj Mahal, Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, Chrissie Hynde, Iggy Pop, Ben Harper, Robbie Fulks, Loudon Wainwright III, Peter Case, Richard Thompson, Dave and Phil Alvin, Frank Black, […]

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REVIEW: Andy Aylward’s “Sometimes Rain” Offers Simple Wisdom

On Sometimes Rain, New York City singer-songwriter Andy Aylward embraces left-of-the-radio early 80’s college rock in a way that builds upon this legacy while avoiding derivative sonic motifs. A simple four-piece band line-up consisting of Aylward (guitar, vocals), Justin Hla-Gyaw (lead guitar), Evan Gill Smith (bass), and Daryl Cozzi (drums) proves there is still power […]

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REVIEW: Bonnie Prince Billy’s “I Made a Place” is Buoyant Instrumentation Dancing with Melancholy

Anti-folk whimsical ascetic Bonnie Prince Billy returns with I Made a Place, his first full length release of original material since 2011’s Wolfroy Goes to Town.  Available November 15th from Drag City, Bonnie’s longtime home, I Made a Place builds on the foundation laid by Billy’s album teaser singles released this fall, “At the Back […]

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REVIEW: Scott H. Biram’s “Sold Out to the Devil:  A Collection of Gospel Cuts by the Rev. Scott H. Biram”

Sold Out to the Devil: A Collection of Gospel Cuts by the Rev. Scott H. Biram is a remastered collection of “Scott H. Biram’s unique, demented twist on gospel music” available from Bloodshot Records as part of their on-going 25th anniversary celebration via 1000 limited edition “I See the Light” white vinyl and 1000 CDs; […]

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REVIEW: Christine Smith’s “Meet Me on the Far Side of a Star” is Emotive Chronicles of Loss and Longing

Out now on Foxy Lady Records, Meet Me on the Far Side of a Star, the latest release from Austin-based goth cabaret songstress Christine Smith, finds Smith mining traditional piano balladry for a set of beautifully mysterious and dark songcraft. Although embellished with appropriate accompaniment throughout the record: cello, violin, saxophone, accordion, drums, harmony vocals, […]

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