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The Ovaries-eez, Teri Quinn, and Calvin Arsenia @ Mills Record Company

I don’t think there’s a better time for folk music than the early Spring. Something about the combination of fallen leaves and budding branches, the temperature fluctuations, the electricity of it all lends itself to banjos, acoustic guitars, and stunning melodies. And this Saturday, Mills Record Company will turn into a hotbed for folk music. […]

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Thunderclaps, The Quivers, Old Grey Dog @ Jackpot Saloon

This Saturday, Jackpot Saloon will host Thunderclaps, The Quivers, and Old Grey Dog. The bands on  the bill swing from experimental honky tonk to rockabilly, to garage rock, to blues-influenced rock n roll. While their sounds cover an array of aesthetics, all three acts have one thing in common: they write songs that have catchy […]

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Rocky Votolato in a Living Room

It’s hard to imagine Rocky Votolato‘s songs in any other atmosphere than an intimate space with a close group of people–I’m thinking summer road trips, porch sits, or cooking experiments in a studio apartment. It’s equally hard to imagine experiencing one of his performance without a stage, mics, amps, etc. filtering the connection between artist […]

“Desperation Hanging in the Air”- Jason Isbell Live at Starlight Theatre

I’m ignoring all the distractions I can as Alabama native Jason Isbell takes the stage at Kansas City’s Starlight Theatre. I pay no mind to the Sun beaming down out of the west or the small beads of sweat slowly rolling down my beard. Sitting next to me, my dad is slightly less attentive. He’s […]

Angel Olsen’s Latest

  There’s a piece of conventional folk wisdom which posits “smaller scorpions are more dangerous than the large one,” and while the legend has no logical grounding, it’s continued to linger around in our collective conscious. So much so that Indiana Jones doled out the advice. In zoology, it’s akin to colossal elephants cowering in […]

James McMurtry Live at New York’s City Winery

Whether he’s backed by a full band or doing his own solo acoustic thing, groundbreaking alt-country singer-songwriter James McMurtry doesn’t change his approach to his live performance. With poetic lyrics, McMurtry somehow always manages to pierce the souls of those in the audience. On Tuesday night (Feb. 4) at City Winery in New York City, […]

James McMurtry – Too Long in the Wasteland

Only a month in, and 2014 has already proven to be an exciting year for alt-country singer-songwriter James McMurtry and his fans. Along with signing to a new label, Complicated Game, McMurtry released the details of his next studio album, the first since 2008′s Just Us Kids. While we get ready for the new tunes, there will […]