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Deer Tick Negativity

Deer Tick “Negativity”—Album Review

Partisan Records (2013)

Arguably, Deer Tick could easily be considered alt-country’s answer to early Guns N’ Roses—not in terms of music, but in terms of attitude. For years, the band’s raucous, party-till-you-can’t-stand-up persona has entertained fans almost as much as the liquor-soaked music they’ve played. So it seems just a little bit ironic that their fifth release Negativity, while maintaining the façade of drunken country-punk, is actually their most sober and focused work […]


Neko Case The Worse Things Get

Neko Case “The Worse Things Get…” –Album Review

Anti- (2013)

Between that distinctive razor-edged voice and some of the most interesting lyricism you’ll ever hear, Neko Case is a force to be reckoned with. I was already convinced of this before now, but with her latest release The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You, she’s outdone herself. Never one to shy away from the esoteric, eccentric or just plain weird, […]


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Sean Hannity-Ryan Adams Twitter Beef Moves to Prime Time

Note to musicians who want to call out talk show hosts on Twitter: be prepared to have your name dragged onto prime time television. A Twitter beef between singer-songwriter Ryan Adams and outspoken conservative talk show host Sean Hannity went prime-time when Hannity took the artist to task last night on his Fox News show Hannity. Admittedly, the alt-country star threw the first punch. On August 5, a general tweet berating […]


Daughn Gibson Me Moan

Daughn Gibson “Me Moan” – Album Review

Sub Pop (2013)

Named after an amalgam of Nashville crooners Don and Stevie Ray, Pennsylvania truck driver-turned-troubadour Daughn Gibson twisted country music beyond all recognition with last year’s debut All Hell thanks to an array of warped loops, samples and distortion and a remarkable baritone which sat somewhere between a Vegas Elvis impersonator and the frontman of the Crash Test Dummies. His second album, Me Moan, continues to bridge that rather wide gap […]


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Kacey Musgraves “Same Trailer, Different Park” –Album Review

Mercury Nashville (2013)

Set against a backdrop of big-voiced, bigger-than-life female country singers like Carrie Underwood, Taylor Swift and Miranda Lambert, Kacey Musgraves has spent the last several years releasing independent records, flying under the radar with her midtempo Americana style and understated alto voice. However, with her new release on Mercury Nashville, Same Trailer, Different Park, it appears that this talented young vocalist is set to show up on a lot more […]


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Up-and-Comers: Shovels & Rope

South Carolina-based Shovels & Rope (who released their record O’ Be Joyful this week) is a duo consisting of Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent, playing a blend of alt-country, folk and rock that is strong, raw, passionate, and extremely catchy. From the first few notes of the opening track, I was completely hooked. The origin of this band is a bit confusing, but let’s see if we can unravel […]