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ALBUM REVIEW: The Lumineers – The Lumineers (2012)

Better late than never. I’ll admit I’m not the most ‘with it’ of people. I don’t listen to the radio unless someone else has it on. I don’t have cable, because I hate most of what modern television has to offer (and I strongly dislike being bombarded with commercials). I don’t really read other magazines,… Read More ›

Keep Your Eyes Peeled for: Sam Pinkerton

Nashville-based singer/songwriter Sam Pinkerton has released three songs, all of which are available to download from her website. Her formula is simple: guitar, voice, feeling. It is amazing how much the pick of guitar can make you feel, especially when it is paired with a perplexingly calming voice – a voice with such a peculiar… Read More ›

Cri de Coeur: The Wooden Sky’s “Every Child a Daughter, Every Moon a Sun”

Drag a simple hand-carved chair across the floor, and join the silence that is collecting in front of the stage.  Hush. Everyone is listening to the band. Notes fall from the air like paper airplanes and land in our laps.  The surrounding world dims in the fading light; the sun setting over the West End. … Read More ›

January Summer: Urthboy’s “Smokey’s Haunt”

You gotta go about it You gotta write it out. You gotta know about it, You gotta let it out.  Trumpet and bass. Yes, you think, lead me in that way. Build slowly with some rhymes, whisper them to me.  You can feel yourself relaxing into it.  You close your eyes and let your body… Read More ›

ALBUM REVIEW: Amanda Palmer & The Grand Theft Orchestra’s “Theatre Is Evil”

Right from its opulent introduction by international burlesque diva Meow Meow to the last notes of the climatic orchestral finish, Theatre is Evil is a neo-fem nod to Rocky Horror.  It is a raw silk, hard-noted, musical representation of a twisted fantasy; Amanda Palmer’s psyche served on broken floral china beside a bleeding steak and… Read More ›

Twelve Facets of 2012: The Folk Dodecahedron PT. II

It was a year dominated by the fusion of electronic elements into traditional folk storytelling.  This year’s crop of lyricists delivered song after song of honest, emotionally challenging, beautiful material. These are just twelve albums on a greater list of stellar contributions to the industry.  You can see though, through the widening array of influences,… Read More ›

Twelve Facets of 2012: The Folk Dodecahedron PT. I

It was a year dominated by the fusion of electronic elements into traditional folk storytelling.  This year’s crop of lyricists delivered song after song of honest, emotionally challenging, beautiful material. These are just twelve albums on a greater list of stellar contributions to the industry.  You can see though, through the widening array of influences,… Read More ›

Lemon Sorbet and “Diamond Rugs”: Both Dependable Palette Refreshers!

Can a heavy guitar make you feel like you just stepped out of a natural hot spring? Apparently it can. Diamond Rugs is the musical equivalent of a modern Walt Whitman poem – if Whitman was actually a younger Bukowski with a little more sensitivity to the grander themes in things. Historically, I have had… Read More ›

TESTIFY! A review of Hannah Williams & The Tastemakers’s A Hill of Feathers

She said she wanted to scream, and I took it as truth. She said she was leaving to chase her own sweet life, and I pictured her bags packed at the front door.  She said all of these things, and I recognized it as testimony.  She was singing and I was only a witness. But… Read More ›

‘Folktronica’ is NOT a Word: Alt-J’s An Awesome Wave

My introduction to Alt-J came from a friend across the pond, who sent me the video for Tessellate.  I was immediately captivated by the heavy keys and swift kick of the drum kit and Joe Newman’s chameleon voice.  My curiosity grew, so I continued to creep almost every track I could find of theirs. Because… Read More ›

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