Standing on the precipice of mainstream acclaim, the sisters comprising the Swedish folk duo First Aid Kit are among an emerging generation of musical disciples of bands like Bright Eyes and Fleet Foxes, whose own sound is a modern twist on traditional American country. It's a little bit of an unlik ... More >>
If there's a fault to be found with Release Me, Lyle Lovett's latest album, it's that most of the songs weren't written by Lyle Lovett. Of the album's fourteen tracks only two were penned by the idiosyncratic Texas singer-songwriter who startled listeners with original, genre-bending records when ... More >>
Jolie Holland Will Sprott DRMS Emily Jane White Friday, Feb. 24, 2012 Swedish American Hall Better than: Every show I've been to in the last 12 months. Among those who work there, it's common knowledge that the Swedish American Hall is haunted. This is according to violinist Carey Lamprecht, who ... More >>
Merle Haggard & Kris Kristofferson A.A. Bondy Robyn Hitchcock Hugh Laurie October 1, 2011 Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Better than: Seeing Neil Young after he released Greendale, that's for sure. A man dressed in an official Hardly Strictly shirt walks out to say that the biggest set of the day will ... More >>
Listen to this while high: Sandinista! by The ClashBehind the buzz: In the most literal sense, Sandinista! is the dopest punk album of all time. The Clash's fourth studio LP is a six-sided monstrosity alternately damned upon its 1980 release by purists as a sellout of punk verities, and damne ... More >>
We spent 2009 sorting through piles of folk and Americana releases, revising this list in our heads till the bitter end and failing repeatedly to understand the hype behind the Avett Brothers in the process. While a year of listening brought no shortage of pleasant surprises, our hands-down favorit ... More >>
VetiverWednesday, April 8, 2009Great American Music HallBetter than: There's a fine line these days between jam bands and folk-leaning rock bands with guitar riffs that linger like the scent of patchouli. Vetiver loosens the reins without awakening the Dead too much.There's a new lightness to Veti ... More >>
Vetiver hits folk gold on Tight Knit.
By Thorin Klosowski We’re knee deep into Depression 2.0. We’re running out of jobs and we’re overwhelmed with the amount of people looking for them. You’re unemployed, and if you aren’t, then I bet you’re about to be, because your job can be combined with the guy in accounting and the r ... More >>
For the Sake of the Song | Our Mother the Mountain
Dusty-voiced troubadours, corporeality explorers, cotton candy jazz, and animalistic toga parties
Folk singer David Dondero finds his songs the old-fashioned way -- by roaming the country's highways and byways
Hooray for the Moon (New West)
M. Ward's new album is damn fine folk -- from a guy who used to ignore folk music
Essence (Lost Highway)
For Stars ditch the lo-fi ghetto for a big rock opus. But will their fans follow?
The Court and Spark might be the Bay Area's best new country band, if only it played country music
Buddy and Julie Miller are virtual unknowns in the Nashville scene they now call home. So why are country artists lining up to cover their songs?
Singing a New Tune, What's in a Name?, Back in Business, and Spin Control
For Stars' slow and steady trip up the coast to San Francisco inspired a life in somber, beatific pop
From Texas to San Francisco and back again, Alejandro Escovedo has weathered the push and pull of family and music
Dead guys, psychedelic pop, and no sober opinions at South by Southwest 1998