2013

The Deep Dark Woods

Their new album, The Place I Left Behind confirms that The Deep Dark Woods capture lonesome yearning at its loveliest. The album illuminates folk traditions without stripping the shadows of roots music history.  The Deep Dark Woods wake the ghosts of Appalachia with their prairie gothic pyre-side tales. “It’s easy to see why The Place

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Chuck Prophet & The Mission Express

Temple Beautiful (his 12th CD) is named after a long defunct music venue in San Francisco. The album mines a similar alt-indie-punk-pop-soul-folk-blues-country-rock  vein as earlier releases.  It is,  as Chuck puts it, “a love letter to the town where I grew up … San Francisco.” “A feast of contextual songwriting and sizzling guitar.” –  Uncut

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Hurray For The Riff Raff

Look Out Mama,  recorded in Nashville by producer Andrija Tokic (Alabama Shakes),  is the result of almost two years of Alynda Lee Segarra and her band, Hurray For The Riff Raff,  criss-crossing the USA, playing over 100 shows in small bars and clubs. Look Out Mama covers a wide array of musical ground, with every

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John Grant

After a breakthrough year that saw his exceptional solo debut “Queen Of Denmark” win MOJO’s Album of 2010, John Grant has created a follow-up that underlines his uncanny and charismatic talents, presenting an artist at the peak of his power. “ Intense with a generous side helping of dour humour. The crowd loved it too,

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Ha Ha Tonka

Ultimately, what makes the Ha Ha Tonka brand of Southern rock so special is that it’s authentic, it’s effortless and it never comes across as forced.  Named after Ha Ha Tonka State Park in their native Missouri, the group’s relentless touring has seen them become one of the most buzzed about young bands in America,

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The Lost Brothers

The Lost Brothers released TRAILS OF THE LONELY in November 2008 and spent the next two years touring and writing, honing their craft both as a live act and a songwriting partnership. In 2010, they were off to Sheffield, England with a new batch of songs. These recordings turned out to be their second album,

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Mama Rosin

From the seemingly placid shores of Lake Geneva comes a sonic earthquake.  Fusing the old time French migrant music of Louisiana with garage rock’n’roll, Mama Rosin create an alternative raw incendiary music. Their  new album, Bye Bye Bayou, was produced in New York  by legendary punk-blues guitarist, Jon Spencer. This will be a raw, incendiary,

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Dead Flamingoes

Dead Flamingoes are the combined talents of James Walbourne & Kami Thompson. James is the lead guitarist in the Pretenders (with Chrissie Hynde)  and previously was  the  hot guitarist/singer  in the  Pogues, Pernice Brothers  and Son Volt as well as playing on two Jerry Lee Lewis records. Kami Thompson’s impressive pedigree (daughter of Richard &

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Angel Olsen

Angel Olsen has a fresh edge to her sound, a warm and wonderful range, and an otherworldly skill and charm. Released on Bathetic Records, Half Way Home is a continuation of Angel’s elegance, a collection of both new and old music. It presents this beautiful woman and her extraordinary voice taken to a new level, 

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Phosphorescent

‘Muchacho’ is the latest album from Phosphorescent and the European tour kicks off in Kilkenny. “The sound is bigger, airier, and more mysterious than anything the band’s ever done.  It is a stunning piece of music.” – Pitchfork

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Larry And His Flask

“All That We Know” (Silver Sprocket Bicycle Club), the new Larry and His Flask album, is uncommonly joyous, sure, but also deviously astute. There’s the progressive and rowdy side of bluegrass and Southern roots music, on which this album raises the ante. There’s the strange overlap of roots music and indie rock, as seen in

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Ed Romanoff

Ed Romanoff’s 2012 self-titled debut is a gritty masterwork of melancholic and atmospheric Americana. It may have taken Ed a little over two years and two generations to write his album, but he’s perfectly on time. After all, they say it takes a lifetime to write your first record. “It’s his own fine writing that

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