Dawes' second album is no sophomore slump! Instead, it seems like an album from another era.
The Durham, N.C.-based band Mount Moriah only just released their self-titled debut LP a couple of months ago, preceeded by 2010's "Letting Go" EP, but guitarist Jenks Miller first started a band under the Biblically-influenced name Mount Moriah around five years ago. After some drastic shifts in sound and line-up, the band's sound has settled into a sweet, melancholy strain of folk music.
Taking their name from a short story written by Russian author, Tatyana Tolstaya, the Austin, Texas folk-rock band could literally be called a garage band - they recorded their debut album in a garage before being signed to Jagjaguwar records where they released four more critically-acclaimed records.
Call "Stone Rollin'" anything you want. I'll call it a "classic." Keep on learning, Mr. Saadiq!
Best-known as the frontman for Dinosaur Jr., J Mascis is- somewhat surprisingly- laconic and soft-spoken. In interviews, he is known for his minimal responses and repeated disdain for enthusiasm.
Way back in 1981, Elvis Costello released Almost Blue, an album recorded in Nashville and produced by the legendary Billy Sherrill.
In recent years, Lucinda got married. Many of us were worried she would run out of subject matter. No worries here, it turns out!
Emerging from Los Angeles' growing indie-soul scene, Fitz & the Tantrums began as the one-man project of Michael Fitzpatrick, but has now expanded into a seven-piece band. Fitzpatrck--"Fitz" for short--plays the church organ and shares vocal duties with singer Noelle Scaggs.
Born in London, growing up in Greece and moving to Scotland at the age of 10 then going to college at Duke University, it wasn't until singer-songwritier Alexi Murdoch moved to L.A. that his career took off when KCRW host Nic Harcourt began playing his music. His first full-length album "Time Without Consequence" was released in 2006, and his song "Orange Sky" found its way all over television and movies playing on shows like The O.C. and movies like The Garden State.
Singer-songwriter Justin Townes Earle--son of Steve Earle, stepson of Alison Moorer, named after Townes van Zandt--might as well be alt-country royalty.
<em>Content</em> is the band's first new material in 16 years. The band has a sound of its own invention, featuring leftist lyrics set to a punky, funky, serious groove you can actually dance to. And not just slam dancing either!
In 2005, The Black Angels released their self-titled debut EP, and the band followed it up with their full-length, "Passover," in April 2007. The band's latest offering, titled "Phosphene Dream," was released earlier this fall.
When you put together an American rock musician and a Scottish singer/cellist, it's no surprise that you get beautiful modern alt-country tunes mixed with a sophisticated charm. Some critics have called Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan's collaboration "Beauty and the Grunge Beast."
Every town has their "super-group." In Portland, Oregon, it's the the indie/psychedelic/alt-country quintet Blue Giant, comprised of members of Viva Voce, Decemberists and Swords, along with other local Portland musicians.
In preparation for his seventh album, due out on October 19th, local folky singer-songwriter Ben Weaver took some time off from being a full-time musician in order to experience life in a different way.