The Hanging Stars

With Hollow Heart The Hanging Stars transcend their well-earned repute as masters of a captivating meld of blissful psychedelic folk and harmony-laden cosmic country. This fourth album from the accomplished London five-piece; recorded at Edwyn Collins’ Clashnarrow Studios in North-Eastern Scotland; scales fresh artistic heights, as they conjure a record more sonically varied, more contemporary, […]

Jake Xerxes Fussell

Durham, North Carolina singer and guitarist Jake Xerxes Fussell’s self-titled debut record, produced by and featuring William Tyler, transmutes ten arcane folk and blues tunes into vibey cosmic laments and crooked riverine rambles. Jake Xerxes (yes, that’s his real middle name, after Georgia potter D.X. Gordy) grew up in Columbus, Georgia, son of Fred C. […]

A conversation with Rónán Hession and Willy Vlautin

Rónán Hession is an Irish writer and musician based in Dublin. His debut novel Leonard and Hungry Paul was shortlisted for a number of awards, including the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year and the British Book Awards. Leonard and Hungry Paul was selected by Dublin City Council as the 2021 One Dublin One […]

The Delines

PORTLAND, Oregon — Sometimes, fate’s just a damned cruel thing. But when it nearly capsizes the career of an acclaimed band in the blink of an eye, the band’s only prudent choice is to hang in there until the ship is ready to sail again. That’s what The Delines did while supporting the recovery of […]

Joana Serrat

Catalan singer-songwriter Joana Serrat returns with new album ‘Hardcore From The Heart’, out now. Serrat’s fifth album, ‘Hardcore From The Heart’ is the follow-up to 2017’s acclaimed ‘Dripping Springs’ (“…like Mazzy Star guesting on an early Neil Young demo,” Mojo). For the recording, Serrat travelled from her home in Vic, a small city near Barcelona, […]

Jesse Dayton

“If you open your arms to the world, it’s amazing what will come back atcha,” drawls East Texas native, singer/songwriter/filmmaker/author Jesse Dayton, who has a bunch more homespun wisdoms where that came from. A veteran of more than 30 years as a musician, Dayton was discovered as a young teenager playing “a toilet dive” in […]

Margo Cilker

MARGO CILKER is a woman who drinks deeply of life, and her debut record Pohorylle, due fall 2021 on Portland label Fluff and Gravy, is brimming with it. For the last seven years, the Eastern Oregon songwriter, who NPR calls one of “11 Oregon Artists to Watch in 2021,” has split her time between the […]

TK & The Holy Know-Nothings

Rejecting the influence of fleeting scenes and encroaching developers; the Laurelthirst Public House has always stayed in tune with its generations of muddy patrons carving out lives as blue-collar artists. “The Thirst”–Portland, Oregon’s oldest independent venue–has always been a sort of misfit stronghold–a sanctuary for the same kind of spirit that sustained local punk legends […]

His Lordship

His Lordship emerged from lockdown in a blaze of boredom and frustration late last summer and promptly blew the roof off the main stage at Red Rooster Festival then The Moth Club in London a few days later. The new project from guitarist James Walbourne (The Pretenders, The Pogues, The Rails) and Kristoffer Sonne (The […]

The Remedy Club

Husband and wife duo The Remedy Club, comprising KJ McEvoy and singer Aileen Mythen have been described as ‘Ireland’s best kept musical secret’ by HOTPRESS journalist Jackie Hayden who also described their music as “a marriage of folk and country with a hint of the blues with delicious harmonies and nimble guitar playing’’.  Their latest […]