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NICK A. ZAINO III
It takes a certain kind of courage to get onstage and make people laugh.
Cooley Records (2013)
A Mike Cooley solo album is a treat for Drive-By Truckers fans.
Rock and roll once saved Patterson Hood's life.
The Frames' Glen Hansard releases Rhythm & Repose, his first solo album, having created an unusual juggernaut with Once .
It's a sleepy Monday night in April, and Ryan Montbleau is taking advantage of a rare opportunity to get out and see some friends and hear some music.
Kin is a finely crafted country ode to home and family from a couple of writers who know the territory.
Multitudes of challenges
Putting together the New Multitudes project, singer-guitarist Jay Farrar had access to a treasure trove: thousands of lyrics from the Woody Guthrie Archives.
Yep Roc (2011)
It's fitting that John Wesley Harding's new album is bookended by tributes to songwriting and music — "Sing Your Own Song" and "The World in Song."
It's not quite a Sleater-Kinney reunion, but those who have missed the band since their 2005 swan song, The Woods , should be thrilled with Wild Flag.
Sonic Unyon (2011)
The fact that Paley and Francis wrote this album together over the course of three afternoons and then recorded it in two is part of its charm.
Second Motion Records (2011)
For nearly 30 years Tommy Keene has been a go-to guy for fans of guitar-driven pop rock.
Blue Note (2011)
Jeff Bridges hit on a successful formula with the rich country sound of the Crazy Heart soundtrack, and he doesn't vary it much on his self-titled major-label debut.
A joyful noise
Helm's enthusiasm radiates, whether he's playing one of his "Midnight Rambles" in the 250-seat studio/performance space attached to his rural Woodstock home or at a festival like this weekend's Solid Sound, which he's co-headlining with Wilco.
Anyone with a passing knowledge of Emmylou Harris will recognize that "The Road," the opening track on Hard Bargain, is about Gram Parsons and the relationship that kicked off her career 40 years ago.
New West Records (2011)
New West Records (2011)
Absolutely Kosher (2011)
Good News is the sound of a gifted writer declaring his humanity in all its filthy, fucked-up glory.
Dangerbird Records (2011)
Given its origins, this could have been a morbid, self-indulgent exercise. Instead, it’s a fine indie-pop album.
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