The differences between the Santo Domingo and Port Antonio Edits may be so subtle that you barely even notice, but there’s a reason Twin Shadow released the Broken Horses EP with both versions: he wants his music to have global citizenship. The Broken Horses EP symbolizes how the nuances between different cultures’ music should not be ignored; on the contrary, they should be celebrated. Sometimes it’s most important to recognize the uniqueness between musical traditions that share the most in common, such as the island countries of the Dominican Republic and Jamaica. Continue reading Appreciating Twin Shadow’s Dominican-infused Rock: A Journey From His ‘Broken Horses’ EP to His New Self-titled Album
Shakey Graves has mystified and entertained crowds with his Americana musical blend for over a decade. With the release of Roll the Bones X, the origin of his beautiful, haunting melodies has been unearthed for all to hear. Read the full article for the story behind the artist, his new album, and the haunted guitar at the center of it all. Continue reading Shrooms, Tunes, and a Haunted Guitar: The Making of Shakey Graves
With the release of her debut album Cool Dry Place, Katy Kirby begins her career with a graceful triumph. On the album, the indie folk/pop rocker paints vivid images of where she’s from, who she is, and who she wants to be. Continue reading Cool Dry Place: Katy Kirby’s Coming of Age Debut Album
Slow Pulp is a really really good band. This week, the group released an ethereal power-sad ballad, “Falling Apart”, off of their upcoming album “Moveys”. The track came accompanied by an incredible music video Continue reading Vom feature: Slow Pulp’s new song/video is bonkers good
Two bluegrass albums came out last Friday from Sturgill Simpson and the Steep Canyon Rangers: two well-known acts in the country and folk music spheres. In terms of popular appeal, it might end up being one of the biggest days … Continue reading Sturgill Simpson and The Steep Canyon Rangers Land a Lethal One-Two Bluegrass Punch
An invitation we can all enjoy, Let’s Rock is the Black Keys’ ninth studio album and a breath of smog-free air for rock listeners. After a 5-year hiatus, Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney are officially back. … Continue reading REVIEW: The Black Keys Return Confidently on ‘Let’s Rock’
Last year, Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy released his memoir, Let’s Go (So We Can Get Back), along with two 11-track solo albums, WARM and WARMER. It was an especially busy year for him, and fortunately this pace hasn’t slowed down in 2019. Tweedy reunited with his Wilco bandmates to release their 11th album, Ode to Joy, on October 4th, which they are following up with an accompanying tour through the rest of the year.
Continue reading REVIEW: Wilco’s ‘Ode to Joy’ Is the Band’s Best Album in Over a Decade
The success of A Sailor’s Guide to Earth brought fame that Sturgill Simpson never wanted. The Kentuckian appreciates the simple, organic pleasures of life, as opposed to the hollywood charades. Surrounded by an unfamiliar world, he quickly sniffed out all the bullshit around him, and made the pessimistic SOUND & FURY as a cathartic middle finger to all the destructiveness he wanted to hop in a car and drive away from. In other words: he made art, not friends. Continue reading REVIEW: Sturgill Simpson – SOUND & FURY
Lana Del Rey doesn’t share the idyllic, charming, uncomplicated view of America that Norman Rockwell’s paintings famously depicted. Her world, like many others’, is entangled with dizzying amounts of confusion, yearning, and fear. Her world is honest, revealing a stark contrast … Continue reading REVIEW: Lana Del Rey – Norman Fucking Rockwell!
REVIEW Justin Townes Earle’s breakout hit song ‘Harlem River Blues‘ came out in 2010. But as the son of Americana rocker Steve Earle, he was already known in the Southern music scene long before. His newest album, The Saint of … Continue reading REVIEW: Justin Townes Earle – Saint of Lost Causes