Today, cranky lord of the mixing board Steve Albini submitted himself to an Ask Me Anything on Reddit. This means that random users asked him random questions for a few hours, and he gave responses as he saw fit. Many of the answers were very, very interesting. Steve Albini, of course, is the owner ... More >>
Back in January, Fleet Foxes drummer Josh Tillman tweeted an announcement: "@fleetfoxes, the best and last band that would ever have me. Tokyo is my last show. Fleet Fans, sorry if I was ever distant/obtuse to you. X."
This week, Tillman released his first solo album under the new moniker Father J ... More >>
Joseph SchellBon Iver's Justin Vernon at the Greek Theatre last night.
September 22, 2011
Better than: Thursday night network TV premieres (but don't forget to set the DVR).
The Campanile bells of the University of California at Berkeley, solemnly tolling ... More >>
Joanna NewsomJoanna NewsomRobin PecknoldThe Fox Theater, Oakland8 p.m., $32If Joanna Newsom had emerged in the 1970s, she'd likely have been on the Virgin or Harvest labels with simpatico songster-mavericks Kevin Coyne, Kevin Ayers, and Roy Harper. In 2002, Newsom -- after years studying composit ... More >>
For fans of warbling vocals and the empyreal thrum of a harp being plucked, tonight is for you. At Amnesia, performance artists and harpist Baby Dee sings her melancholy hymnals from a place that is both eccentric and authentic. Her rustic vocals at times open up to almost operatic levels before ... More >>
"No need to think," Will Oldham explains on "Go Folks, Go," from his new Bonnie 'Prince' Billy album, The Wonder Show of the World. "It will all be laid before us, and god will guide us to our graves, smiling, singing..." It's the kind of preachy line only Oldham and a few others can get away wit ... More >>
(Aziz Ansari by Seth Olenick)Aziz Ansari (w/ Nick Kroll)Friday, Jan. 23, 2009Punch LineBetter than: "Rollerblading" What better way to spend a Friday night than laughing until you're all teared up like a baby? I mean, yeah, it's great when you leave the Great American talking about some kick a ... More >>
By Noah W. Bailey
Picking the best folk and Americana records of the year isn't nearly as hard as discarding those great records that just didn't feel right stuck in the category.
Releases by Calexico and DeVotchKa felt far too worldly to pigeonhole as folk or country, for instance, while Blitzen ... More >>