The Avalanches Break 16 Year Hiatus With ‘Wildflower’ (ALBUM REVIEW)


Australian electronic group, The Avalanches, have succeeded in simultaneously being reclusive, mysterious, and aggravating to longtime fans.  A 16-year hiatus from music raises many questions, the paramount one being “Haven’t they gone broke yet?”  Apparently ...

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Wannabe Reviews Kalyn Fay’s ‘Bible Belt’


In the newest installment of Wannabe, artist Chris Prunckle reviews the new album from Oklahoma folk artist Kalyn Fay, Bible Belt, in his signature six-panel comic strip form. Click on the image for full resolution (best viewed on desktop):

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Willie Nelson & Family Bring Smiles And Country Hits To Oregon’s Edgefield (SHOW REVIEW)

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Few things in life feel as uplifting as a smile from Willie Nelson, and at Edgefield just outside Portland on Sunday night the Red Headed Stranger was all smiles as he waved to ‘hello’ audience. ...

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National Park Radio Gives Credibility to Folk Revival on ‘The Great Divide’ (ALBUM REVIEW)


Americana and Folk has seen a large revival over the last ten years with acts like The Avett Brothers, Mumford and Sons, and The Lumineers headlining festivals. There is an excess of new Americana bands ...

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Brad Mehldau Trio Delivers Deep Resonance to Standards on ‘Blues and Ballads’ (ALBUM REVIEW)

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The subtleties of the track sequencing of Blues and Ballads reflect those of The Brad Mehldau Trio in such a way this album could conceivably function as effectively as an introduction to to this great ...

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Modest Mouse And Brand New Balance Hits, Fan Favorites And Rarities in Austin (SHOW REVIEW/PHOTOS)


Modest Mouse is the type of band that generates both fair weather fans and obsessive fans. If you are one of the former than attending one of their shows can either be a great experience ...

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The String Cheese Incident Cap Off Two-Night Oregon Run at Cuthbert Amphitheater (RECAP/PHOTOS)


After an opening night that featured a slew of cover songs, String Cheese Incident’s second night at the Cuthbert Amphitheater in Eugene, Oregon saw the band pull mostly from their own material. The first set ...

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‘Preacher’ Inches Closer to Finale (TV REVIEW)


In season one's penultimate episode, Preacher ties some loose ends and sets the stage for the finale.

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Alabama Shakes, Middle Brother, Phil Cook And More Close Newport Folk Festival 2016 On High Note (REVIEW/PHOTOS)


Peace flowed freely out of Fort Adams for the final day of Newport Folk Festival, which began traditionally, with gospel music pouring off the Fort stage and out into the crowd. The Berkelee Gospel Choir ...

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Jimmy “Duck” Holmes Offers “Bentonia Blues” Time Capsule on ‘It Is What It Is’


The inaugural release on the brand new label, Blue Front Records, is a keeper by many a bastion. Forever immortalizing the famous Bentonia, Mississippi juke joint started by Jimmy “Duck” Holmes’ parents in 1948 and ...

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