ALBUM REVIEW: Punch Brothers – All Ashore
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ALBUM REVIEW: Punch Brothers – All Ashore

The harmony vocal and acoustic stringed instrument quintet return with their fifth album of ornate chamber folk and bluegrass. There’s no denying the exquisite playing and arrangements on All Ashore but for all its sensitivity and detail there’s a lack of emotional connectivity. Punch Brothers are a band that have reached that point where their … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Ry Cooder – The Prodigal Son
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ALBUM REVIEW: Ry Cooder – The Prodigal Son

Ry Cooder is the great circler, a musician who seems to have a hand in all manner of scenes and genres and the ability to drift between all of them seamlessly. He played on Captain Beefheart’s Safe As Milk, produced Buena Vista Social Club, scored film soundtracks and played guitar on The Rolling Stones’ Let … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Leonard Cohen – You Want It Darker
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ALBUM REVIEW: Leonard Cohen – You Want It Darker

In the pantheon of modern songwriters only a few explore the dark corners of the heart and soul with such poetry, precision and weight as Leonard Cohen. He’s in that revered group alongside Bob Dylan, Tom Waits and increasingly, Nick Cave. Now 82, Cohen sees the end in sight, the curtains closing on a storied … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Robert Ellis – Robert Ellis
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ALBUM REVIEW: Robert Ellis – Robert Ellis

Sturgill Simpson might be pegged as the renaissance man of modern country music but there’s a strong case for Texan Robert Ellis as the true heir to that throne. Over four albums he has progressively distanced himself from traditional country and delved deeper and deeper into a rich exploratory style of confessional songwriting. On this … Continue reading

NEWS: Howe Gelb Announces New Solo Album Future Standards
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NEWS: Howe Gelb Announces New Solo Album Future Standards

Earlier this year Howe Gelb announced that Giant Sand were coming to a conclusion after 30 years stating, “30 years seems an adequate number to aptly utter ‘I kinda quit.” They released Heartbreak Pass in 2015 and are this year releasing a three volume vinyl boxset called The Sun Set. Gelb certainly isn’t wallowing in self-abandoned misery though. Instead … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Pokey LaFarge ~ Something In The Water
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ALBUM REVIEW: Pokey LaFarge ~ Something In The Water

Like a straighter American cousin to C.W. Stoneking’s more esoteric old-timey sound, Pokey LaFarge blends all manner of traditional musical forms – from jazz and swing to folk, country, doo-wop and mariachi. It’s all woven together in LaFarge’s authentic style on this, his most realised album to date. With a band that he’s been playing … Continue reading

NEWS: Calexico announce new LP ‘Edge of the Sun’
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NEWS: Calexico announce new LP ‘Edge of the Sun’

Calexico (primarily the duo of John Convertino and Joey Burns) have been kicking up desert dust together since 1996 with their distinctive blend of jazz, post-rock, country and Tex-Mex music. Their last album was Algiers (2012) and now they’ve announced that their new album The Edge Of The Sun will be released on April 14th via Anti-/City … Continue reading