JP Harris & The Tough Choices – Home is Where the Hurt is

Jp Harris and the Tough Choices released their follow-up to 2012’s possibly perfect record, I’ll Keep Calling, with Home Is Where the Hurt Is. It is the finest country album I’ve heard this year, hands down — no bullshit, straight to the throngs of what made us all fall in love … Continue reading

Son Volt – Honky Tonk

Uncle Tupelo pretty much established the subgenre of alt-country in 1990 with the release of No Depression, and the band’s two main songwriters and singers, Jay Farrar and Jeff Tweedy, seemed to fulfill the promise that Gram Parsons, the Flying Burrito Brothers, and the Sweetheart of the Rodeo-era Byrds had … Continue reading

Rickie Lee Jones – The Other Side of Desire

When Uncut last caught up with Rickie Lee Jones in 2012, she cheerfully admitted to suffering from writer’s block. “That’s why I keep recording albums of cover versions!” she breezily announced, seemingly unbothered by not having written any new material since 2003’s The Evening Of My Best Day, and gamely … Continue reading

Fantastic Negrito – Fantastic Negrito

“The Claw.” That’s what Xavier Dphrepaulezz calls his mangled hand, a reminder of his journey to the reborn version of himself he coined, Fantastic Negrito. He’s said that his injury, sustained after a coma-inducing car crash, limited him to three chords, but there’s no disability heard on his latest release, … Continue reading