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Dawes – All Your Favorite Bands

At the start of Dawes‘ fourth studio effort, 2015’s All Your Favorite Bands, lead singer Taylor Goldsmith kicks off the sanguine opener “Things Happen” by admitting “I could go on talking, or I could stop/Wring out each memory til I get every drop.” This sentiment, ripe with a post-breakup emotional… Continue reading

Gregory Alan Isakov – The Weatherman

  Warm, weary, wild, and wounded, The Weatherman, the third long-player from Johannesburg, South Africa-born, Philadelphia-raised, and Boulder, Colorado-based singer/songwriter Gregory Alan Isakov, picks up where 2009’s well-received This Empty Northern Hemisphere left off, presenting another stylistically austere yet emotionally charged set of lyrical and melodious indie folk songs that… Continue reading

Carrie Rodriguez

Pigeonhole Carrie Rodriguez at your peril.  Sure, she has gained notoriety as an Americana singer-songwriter as highlighted by last year’s studio effort, “Give Me All You Got”, which reached no. 1 on the Americana Music Charts. But musical predictability isn’t in her world view or her performing reality. Rodriguez is… Continue reading

Elle Carpenter

Originally from Vermont, Elle Carpenter has been singing as long as she’s been walking. She spent significant childhood years touring around the country with four siblings and her mother, performing and doing workshops at folk festivals, schools and other events. At age 6 she recorded her first record as a… Continue reading

Sierra Hull

A good chunk of popular music’s real estate has been carved up along lines of age these last half-dozen decades, and we’re used to seeing young musicians aim exclusively for young audiences then flounder as they outgrow teenaged listeners’ tastes and concerns. Pan-generational mentoring and mingling has done much to… Continue reading

Kristin Diable

When we called it the American Dream, what we really meant was “the American Myth.” That myth convinced us that the right house/car/bank account/voting card could punch our tickets to a happily-ever-after, but for reasons too numerous and depressing to note, that myth is finally dying. Somewhere along the way,… Continue reading