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November 11, 2019

Lots of relationships break up because the partners are too busy in the frenetic modern to spend much time developing deeper connections and intimacy. Yet that’s not the kind of “Busy” the brilliantly rootsy, modern folk/soul Toronto based pop/rock singer/songwriter Ma...

October 9, 2019

Listening to the lush, soulful acoustic melodies and soaring vocal harmonies of UK acoustic alt folk trio Wildwood Kin on their truly stunning self-titled sophomore release, the immediate frame of reference was obvious to me, but apparently not to other journalists and...

September 19, 2019

Those bitter Midwestern winters we love to gripe about have indirectly given us one of modern folk music’s greatest treasures in Katie Dahl, a singer/songwriter and masterful storytelling poet who caps her first decade as a recording artist with Wildwood – a powerfully...

July 28, 2019

Artfully blending gritty, heartfelt folk/Americana with a seductive, atmospheric dream pop vibe, Nicholas Altobelli launches his second decade an indie artist with the release of Vertigo. He’s been through a lot of cool life changes in the four too long years since his...

June 26, 2019

The budding indie success of husband and wife Americana duo Shaun and Rachel Stief – aka The Stifftones - gives hope to songwriters and musicians whose dreams begin with raw performances at the local open mic. The two met in 2011 on that scene in and around their homet...

June 11, 2019

When you’re listening to music and writing a review on a swelteringly obnoxious 100-degree day in L.A.’s San Fernando Valley, you kind of look for any positive thing to say about the region. Learning that the unpredictably crazy-cool and eclectic band Wild Wing was for...

June 1, 2019

With nine previous albums, including the critically acclaimed 2011 collection Kansawyer billed to W.C. Beck & The Valiant Swains, the multi-talented rootsy hybrid singer-songwriter should already be on most of our radars. But for those new to the Beck experience, there...

May 27, 2019

Bringing a quirky playfulness to her snapshots of intense heartbreak and snappy resilience on the many roads she’s traveled, Lauren Crosby shares a fascinating lifetime of world-wise and weary experience on her second full length album I Said Take Me To the Water. It’s...

February 21, 2019

An uncommonly intuitive singer/songwriter and storyteller, Sonja Midtune took the deeply intimate emotions shared to her by a close friend and translated them into a timeless universal love song.

At a creative and career crossroads a few years ago, the emerging indie ar...

February 19, 2019

When it comes to sizing up indie bands and albums, don’t let monikers and titles fool you. San Francisco contemporary folk rockers China, who released their debut EP in 2014, has nothing to do with that country or its culture. Thankfully, it has everything to do with i...

December 18, 2018

You first hear the raw, organic, Americana laced magic in the hoppin’ fiddle and streetcorner percussion that grabs your heart on “Hog Eyed Man,” the exuberant instrumental that launches 5 Miles  From Town - the latest full length album from string band sensations The...

December 6, 2018

Politically active, socially conscious, wildly incisive and humorous as all get out throughout her fascinating and influential, multiple award winning career, Ellen Bukstel has covered all the hot button issues we as human beings and Americans can’t ignore. She’s been...

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