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Newport Jazz Comes Back With a Bangnew

The biggest news made by the Newport Jazz and Folk Festivals the past two weekends was that they happened at all.
Boston Phoenix  |  Jon Garelick  |  08-12-2009  |  Music

Justin Townes Earle Is Clearly His Father's Sonnew

By all accounts, the younger Earle has proven himself a singer-songwriter of real talent and conviction. His latest effort covers wide swaths of musical ground, from Woody Guthrie–style folk to indie rock, with tinges of ragtime and honky-tonk thrown in for good measure.
The Georgia Straight  |  Steve Newton  |  05-18-2009  |  Profiles & Interviews

Eco Folk-Pop Trio Bowerbirds Grow Their Music Career and Their Gardennew

Raleigh, N.C.'s Bowerbirds find their off-the-grid, back-to-the-land lifestyle at odds with their rising indie-folk career.
Mountain Xpress  |  Alli Marshall  |  05-07-2009  |  Profiles & Interviews

After Playing a Supporting Role for Years, Elin Palmer Has Moved to the Forefrontnew

Elin Palmer has spent a great deal of her career playing a supporting role, adding majestic violin textures to the music of some Denver's most critically revered acts. Now, with the impending of release of her self-titled debut, the multi-instrumentalist is poised to take center stage.
Westword  |  Dave Herrera  |  05-04-2009  |  Profiles & Interviews

Danny Schmidt Saves the Best for Lastnew

If the only stupid question is the one not asked, then Danny Schmidt, a Charlottesville expatriate and a founding father of the local folk scene, is thumbtack sharp, a songwriter with the curviest question marks.
C-Ville Weekly  |  Brendan Fitzgerald  |  03-25-2009  |  Reviews

Serrated Lyrical Edge: Elvis Perkins in Dearlandnew

With Dearland, Elvis Perkins leaves behind any resemblance to the quirky indie-folk acts he was sometimes compared to, broadening his vocal range and attack.
Tucson Weekly  |  Jarret Keene  |  03-12-2009  |  Reviews

Larkin Grimm Uses Music to Express Her Different Way of Seeing the Worldnew

Larkin Grimm is an amazingly talented singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist whose raw, dynamic and sometimes hallucinatory songs effectively communicate a perspective unlike anyone else's.
Tucson Weekly  |  Gene Armstrong  |  03-12-2009  |  Profiles & Interviews

Alela Diane's 'To Be Still'new

If there's one un-ironic collection of ballads by a Nevada City elf maiden to purchase in these waning days of winter, it's To Be Still.
Tucson Weekly  |  Sean Bottai  |  02-26-2009  |  Reviews

Soul-Searching Songwriter Stays True to Her Artnew

Carrie Newcomer is the kind of songwriter's songwriter whose work is as deeply emotional as it is beautifully crafted.
Colorado Springs Independent  |  Bill Forman  |  02-17-2009  |  Profiles & Interviews

Canadian Singer-Songwriter on Her First Headlining U.S. Tournew

Canada's Serena Ryder brings a brand-new album on her first headlining U.S. tour.
Tucson Weekly  |  Gene Armstrong  |  02-12-2009  |  Profiles & Interviews

Repetitive Strain: Vetiver's 'Tight Knit'new

If any band benefits from Robert Christgau’s rule that an album should always get a minimum of three listens, it’s the San Francisco–based folk band Vetiver.
Washington City Paper  |  David Dunlap Jr.  |  02-12-2009  |  Reviews

West Coast Sound: Kaki Kingnew

Kaki King on Timbaland, playing solo and being frightened by the Cure.
L.A. Weekly  |  Randall Roberts  |  01-30-2009  |  Profiles & Interviews

William Elliott Whitmore Stretches the Definition of Hardcorenew

Although William Elliott Whitmore typically performs solo, with just a guitar or a banjo to keep him company, he got his start opening shows for the "craziest hardcore bands you've ever heard."
Westword  |  Michael Roberts  |  01-26-2009  |  Profiles & Interviews

Minneapolis's Aby Wolf Delivers Album of Mesmerizing Folknew

Wolf talks about her songwriting on Sweet Prudence.
City Pages (Twin Cities)  |  Andrea Swensson  |  01-21-2009  |  Profiles & Interviews

Max Ochs Still Works and Sings For Social Justicenew

By all rights, Max Ochs should be bitter. His college buddies, John Fahey and Robbie Basho, had more well-known and critically lauded musical careers. And the rare instance when Ochs does receive attention from the press, there's always an obligatory reference to his more famous cousin, Phil.
Baltimore City Paper  |  David Dunlap Jr.  |  12-09-2008  |  Profiles & Interviews

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