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Whitehorse Returns with a New Addition to 'The Northern South'

None It's been more than two years since the Canadian folk rock duo Whitehorse released the EP The Northern South Vol. 1. The disc contained covers of past classics by legends like Robert Johnson, Willie Dixon, Howlin' Wolf, Jimmy Reed, and Chuck Berry. Melissa McClelland and Luke Doucet transformed these cuts into dirty, nasty, smoldering tracks that bled fire, flesh, and brimstone. The multi-instrumentalists played and sang as if possessed by the devil, the one that lives inside of us and per...
Tags: Music, Review, John, Music Review, Whitehorse, Rolling Stones, Etta James, Willie Dixon, Jimmy Reed, McClelland, St James Infirmary, Doucet, Blues Rock, Folk Rock, Six shooter records, Whitehorse Returns


'Springsteen on Broadway' Is Springsteen Fully Owning the Myth of the Working Class Hero

None The greatest rock and roll prognosticators of January 1973 probably would never have guessed how Bruce Springsteen was going to spend October 2017 through mid-December 2018. Of course, music scribes of that era were rarely prone to consider the potential scope of their fields of interest because that land was just being planted with bouquets of Berry, blankets of Beatles, rivers of Rolling Stones, avalanches of Animals, and dozens of Dylans crawling up from the depths just waiting for ...
Tags: Music, Usa, Bruce Springsteen, Review, Woody Guthrie, Barack Obama, Rock, Bob Dylan, New Jersey, Broadway, Marlon Brando, John Kerry, Music Review, Jay, Elvis, James Dean


Neko Case Defies Convention in Oakland

None The Fox Theater in Uptown Oakland always has something of a resplendent aura thanks to the restored theater's gold leaf interior and the golden Buddha-like figures that flank the stage. The vibe goes to a higher level when certain artists take the stage, particularly those who have shown a demonstrated appreciation for the mystic arts. Enchanting siren Neko Case is such an artist here in the first week of December, now on tour behind her eighth studio album with 2018's Hell-On.The new ...
Tags: Music, Texas, Review, Oakland, Americana, Vermont, Pacific Northwest, Albion, Puerto Rico, Neko Case, Trump, Buddha, Indie Rock, Uptown Oakland, Fox Theater, Mark Lanegan


R.E.M. at the BBC Podcast Series - Part 1 (premiere)

None Recently PopMatters reviewed R.E.M.'s live recordings from the BBC, which Craft Recordings gathered together in a glorious set that made our list of the 21 Best Album Re-Issues of 2018. Kevin Korber wrote, "what's striking is how the collection shows an appreciation for R.E.M.'s unheralded later material, which had a more receptive audience in Europe than it did in the U.S. Hearing the band play stately, beautiful renditions of 'Imitation of Life' and 'At My Most Beautiful' to a rapt audie...
Tags: Europe, Podcast, Music, England, Bruce Springsteen, France, America, Georgia, Bbc, Rock, Athens, John Peel, Premiere, Peter, Alternative Rock, Peter Buck


Fave Five: Dan Mangan

None "Every single party needs a no-show," sings Dan Mangan off his new song "Lay Low" -- but the irony is that Mangan has been anything but a no-show when it comes to the Canadian rock scene.With a knack for a good melody and a true gift for lyrics that are at once witty, meta, honest, and open, Mangan's come a long way from digging into his parent's record collection and emerging with acoustic EPs of his design. Signed to Kevin Drew's Arts & Crafts label, his 2011 record Oh Fortune netted him...
Tags: Music, Vancouver, Adrian, Folk, Neil, Colin Stewart, Indie Rock, Mangan, Kevin Drew, Folk Rock, Dan Mangan, Fave five, Sound affects, Nick Krgovich, Bry Webb


Another Thousand Soundchecks: An Interview with Blitzen Trapper

It's just past noon on a Tuesday, somewhere in Massachusetts and Eric Earley sounds tired. Since 2003, Earley's band, Blitzen Trapper, have combined folk, rock and whatever else is lying around to create music that manages to be both enigmatic and accessible. Since their breakthrough album Furr released in 2008 on Sub Pop, the band has achieved critical acclaim and moderate success, but they're still some distance away from enjoying the champagne lifestyle. In 201...
Tags: Music, Interview, Massachusetts, America, Portland Oregon, Americana, Raymond Carver, Syd Barrett, Zeppelin, Eric, Furr, Blitzen, Earley, Eric Earley, Blitzen Trapper, Folk Rock


R.E.M. Releases Mini Documentary About 'Automatic for the People'

On the heels of the release of the 25th anniversary of the '90s classic album Automatic for the People , R.E.M. has created a mini documentary that's playing on YouTube. Automatic Unearthed goes behind the scenes to detail the creation of the album. Interviews with the band members detail the record's history and its intent, as well as the cultural importance and how it reflects its time. "Culturally, 1992 in America was not an easy place to be," sa...
Tags: Music, America, Music Documentary, Michael Stipe, Alternative Rock, Mike Mills, Peter Buck, Jangle Pop, R.E.M, Folk Rock, Automatic for the people, College rock, Ronald Reagan George Bush


The Staves and yMusic: The Way Is Read

There really should be an advisory sticker on this album – "Caution. This album contains quantities of head scratching, modern chamber music in addition to those gorgeous harmonies that you're probably buying it for. You have been warned." Yep, it's a collaboration. We all know by bitter experience that they can be hit and miss, to say the least… we all remember Lulu , don't we? For The Way Is Read , the Staves have teamed up with the New York-based chamber ensemble ...
Tags: Music, New York, Lulu, Times, Philip Glass, Ben Folds, Chamber Music, The Staves, yMusic, Roches, Folk Rock, Chamber folk, Folk pop, Jose Gonzales Bon Iver, Philip Glass Lite


Johnny Dango - "Strange to Change" (audio) (premiere)

Gearing up for a brand new album release, Dear Everybody, I Love You , Johnny Dango continues to flesh out his psychedelic folk-rock sound. This much is evident on his newest single, "Strange to Change". On it, the Austin-based singer-songwriter envelopes himself in mellow and ethereal guitar and pedal-centric tones. A toned-down tune of yearning and reverie, it evokes a melancholic, cosmic vibe that can yet again be called a "reflective honky-tonk in oute...
Tags: Music, Austin, Americana, Premiere, Folk-rock, Johnny Dango, Dango, Johnny Dango Strange


R.E.M.: Automatic For the People (25th Anniversary Special Edition)

The year was 1992, and R.E.M. were on a roll. Each of their previous three albums brought them to new levels of commercial success. After a handful of years as college radio critical darlings, their 1987 album Document yielded "The One I Love", their first single to crack the U.S. top ten pop charts. In 1988, Green became their major label debut. Out of Time , from 1991, contained the single "Losing My Religion", which made them (somewhat...
Tags: Music, New York City, Time, Miami, Michael Stipe, Jones, Alternative Rock, Mike Mills, Peter Buck, Mike, Zeppelin, Mills, Kaufman, Natalie, Reagan Bush, Athens Georgia


Blitzen Trapper: Wild and Reckless (review)

What Portland, Oregon's Blitzen Trapper does is not particularly original, but they do it damn well. Their influences are seemingly all over the place – I hear traces of Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Wilco, the Band, Bob Seger and even some Mark Knopfler in their sound – but the result doesn't come off as derivative. They are obviously fans and historians of rock and roll but manage to strengthen that combination of sounds with smart songwriting that's full of memorable hooks, ...
Tags: Music, Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young, Nebraska, Bob, Portland Oregon, Americana, Bob Seger, Don, Johnny Cash, Dylan, Joanna, Mark Knopfler, Blitzen, Earley, John Mellencamp


Jerry Yester: Pass Your Light Around

When is a reissue not a reissue, or maybe the inquiry would be more accurate as when is a lost album not really lost? Jerry Yester's Pass Your Light Around begs these types of questions. Yester, a folk rocker from the 1960s who served stints with the Modern Folk Quartet and the Lovin' Spoonful and produced albums for the Association, Tim Buckley, and the Turtles, recorded these songs in various studios throughout the 1970s. Yester created the 15 tracks here using a variety of i...
Tags: Music, Pop, Tim Buckley, Phoenix, Persian Gulf, Jerry Yester, Folk Rock, Soft rock, Bread America, Yester, Anna Lee Yester


Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats Share Live Video

Denver's soul/Americana outfit Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats are known for their incendiary live performances, and now Stax Records is set to release an album proving just that. Live at Red Rock s comes out next Friday and it highlights the band's performance skills that have made them festival favorites around the world. The set was recorded back on 21 August 2016 when the group performed their first headlining gig at Red Rocks. ...
Tags: Music, Soul, Americana, Denver, Stax Records, Red Rock, Nathaniel Rateliff, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Folk Rock


Andrew Bird: Echolocations: River

Violinist and experimental artist Andrew Bird has just released Echolocations: River , the second in a five-part series of instrumental releases documenting site-specific compositions based on the properties of various soundscapes. He created the first one, Echolocations: Canyon inside the Coyote Gulch canyons of Utah. The next three are tentatively entitled City , Lake, and Forest . He recorded River at the Los Angeles Riv...
Tags: Utah, Music, Andrew Bird, River, Bird, Music Review, Classical, Indie Rock, Los Angeles River, Folk Rock, Baroque pop


The Brothers Comatose – "Get Me Home" (video) (premiere)

The amount of musicians hoping to "make it" in the world is innumerable. Few out of the droves eventually do succeed, but for those who do break the mold and become respected touring artists, these individuals are now presented with their own set of problems. This is the theme at the center of the Brothers Comatose 's single, "Get Me Home", and its accompanying music video. Despite the struggles that one faces while out on the road, everything ultimately has a happy and...
Tags: Music, Bluegrass, Premiere, John Vanderslice, Brothers Comatose, Folk Rock, the Brothers Comatose, Gio Benedetti


ALBUM REVIEW: MIDNIGHT NORTH, “Under The Lights”

San Raphael’s Midnight North have just unwrapped their new album (their third), Under The Lights, and it may be wishful thinking that this will be the one to really put them on the map.  The band’s warm, rich, sometimes soulful, sometimes funky-jammy sound is soothing to the ear and it does make you stop and think when listening to the words (which to me is important).  The combination of melody, drive and harmonies makes this an album that makes you feel good. Opening with the country-tinged, ...
Tags: Reviews, Music, California, Nashville, Raphael, Memphis, Popdose, Rob Ross, Cd Reviews, Album Reviews, Jam Bands, Hammond, Texarkana, Folk-rock, Midnight North, San Raphael CA


Some Good Music Vibes: A Little Folk Rock, Alt Rock, Reggae, Traditional . . .

I truly love all sorts of music and I thought I might share a few tunes here by Canadian performers.  Since it’s always hard to choose favorites, I’ll just note that the songs below are among those that I like a great deal for different reasons. (The titles below are linked to YouTube videos.) ⇒Neil Young […]
Tags: Music, Religion, Inspiration, Society, Neil Young, Culture, Canada, Classics, New Music, Rock Music, Canadian music, Folk Rock


Canadian Music Vibes: A Little Folk Rock, Alt Rock, Reggae, Traditional . . .

I truly love all sorts of music and I thought I might share a few tunes that showcase the wide diversity of offerings by Canada’s talented musicians. Since it’s always hard to choose favorites and there are way too many other performances — oh my gosh, so many good ones! — that I appreciate from […]
Tags: Music, Religion, Inspiration, Society, Culture, Canada, Classics, Folk Music, New Music, Rock Music, Canadian music, Folk Rock