REVIEW: Jill Andrews’ “Thirties” Urges Us to Keep Moving Forward

Most of us can mark moments or periods of time in our lives by music. A few years back (or a dozen, to be more accurate), I saw a young Americana-ish band, the everybodyfields, fronted by Jill Andrews and Sam Quinn, opening for Tift Merritt at the Birchmere in Alexandria, Virginia. Later on, I looked […]

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REVIEW: Waxahatchee’s “Saint Cloud” is Self-Assured Reflection of Inner Compass

Saint Cloud out on March 27th via Merge Records finds Waxahatchee, the recording plume de nom for Katie Crutchfield, building on past efforts while simultaneously diving deep into unflinching self-examination in the wake of new found sobriety. Big guitars, controlled noise, and borderline disorienting soundscapes are replaced with more traditionally Americana sound centered on Crutchfield’s […]

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REVIEW: Chris Moyse’s “Bitter Ballads & Cynical Prayers” Finds a Way to Crawl to Hope

One of the most reliable musical traditions is the work of the singer-songwriter. They weave stories through their music & distinctive lyrics. David Wilcox, Chris Robison, Marc Cohen, John Wesley Harding, Joe Henry – just to name a few of the lesser-known remarkable names. Now, Nashville-based Chris Moyes fits comfortably with these articulate writers. His […]

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