Howlin' Rain By DAVE GIL DE RUBIO When Howlin' Rain's Ethan Miller answers the door of the Brooklyn flat he's borrowing from a friend, the disheveled hair and wildly scraggly beard he's sporting gives him the look of a modern-day Rip Van Winkle. In many ways, the analogy fits, given that it' ... More >>
San Francisco's annual Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival is kind of like a choose-your-own-adventure novel. You could pick any number of themes to select the acts you want to see -- old punk pioneers, roots music up-and-comers, etc.-- and follow one through all three day's lineups. You coul ... More >>
Brit-poppers Primal Scream have unleashed a new record, Beautiful Future (out now in the UK; not sure on the US release date). And as if there weren't enough Primal Screamers already, the band --- founded by one of Jesus & Mary Chain's early drummers, Booby Gillespie -- seems intent on stocking ... More >>
It's been a shitty year on a number of levels. Here's a mix CD to cheer you up.
Nick Tangborn's Jackpine Social Club label sells its CDs in stores across the country. When you buy one, he doesn't see a dime. Why?
Twilight (Carrot Top)
The Sugar Tree (Koch)
El Vez, aka the Mexican Elvis; Cinco de Mayo
As the members of Yo La Tengo have grown up, they've also grown inward
Richard Buckner gave up on major labels and "y'allternative," but not the art of storytelling