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2013 Wrap-Up: Top Albums of 2013 #1-10

The finale is here. My top 10 favorite albums of 2013. Leave yours in the comments! #1 Disclosure-Settle (Spotify) From the moment you hit “play” on Disclosure’s debut album Settle, I challenge you not to want to get out of your seat and move. “When A Fire Starts To Burn” sets the tone so well, […]

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2013 Wrap-Up: Top Tracks #30-21

Lollapalooza, Chicago, August 2013 We’ve cracked the twenties folks. More great 2013 tracks are below. #30 Alabama Shakes-Always Alright (Amazon) 2013 was essentially a victory lap year for Brittany Howard and Alabama Shakes. Technically, “Always Alright” was released in 2012 off the Silver Linings Playbook soundtrack, but didn’t really blow up until Oscar season 2013. […]

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2013 Wrap-Up: Top Tracks #40-31

the xx, Fillmore, Detroit, June 2013 Onward and upward with more of my favorite tracks of 2013. #40 Phantogram-Black Out Days Phantogram’s brand of darker indie pop with a touch of hip-hop excelled with Sarah Barthel’s soaring vocals and the swirling abyss of bass and synth. The echo that kicks off “Black Out Days” and reverberates […]

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Robbie Fulks – Long I Ride

You never know when it is going to be a good day for alt country, but Paste helped make that decision for me today. They premiered a new Appalachian-style fiddle-fiddled cut from Robbie Fulks. “Long I Ride” comes from Fulks’ new just released new album, Gone Away Backward, and if the sly narrative is any […]

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Alt Country Folk

The Avett Brothers – Another Is Waiting

Banjos 4 Lyfe. A surprise new alt country/folk rock track from The Avett Brothers is streaming over at NPR and it is quite excellent. Expect another new album to look forward to on Oct. 15th in Magpie and the Dandelion. Can’t wait. Stream “Another Is Waiting at NPR. BONUS: The Avett Brothers – Pretty Girl […]

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Dawes: From A Window Seat & new album

…and the list of great new albums to look forward keeps getting better. LA quartet Dawes is set to release Stories Don’t End, their 3rd album on April 9th. Nothing is Wrong was filled with CSR-influenced country rock and was a highlight of 2011. “From A Window Seat” includes all of the elements that have […]

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Music Video: The Giving Tree Band – Cold Cold Rain

Of all the instruments I’ve enjoyed over the past few years, the renaissance of the banjo has to be my favorite. More popular bands like Mumford & Sons and the Avett Brothers were my introduction, but The Giving Tree Band‘s latest song “Cold Cold Rain” is my current favorite use. Handclaps, violin, slide guitar and […]