Michael Hurley – The Time of The Foxgloves

At 80 years old, Michael Hurley is still as vibrant and canny as ever, as evidenced by his new LP on No Quarter Records, The Time of The Foxgloves. It’s always a cause to celebrate when Hurley returns with new music, but the songs here are some of the most moving recordings he’s turned outContinue reading “Michael Hurley – The Time of The Foxgloves”

Lorkin O’Reilly – Marriage Material

Lorkin O’Reilly’s new album, Marriage Material, is as gentle as Earl Grey steam and as poignant as a box full of old diaries and love letters. With a voice like a roughened whisper, O’Reilly, an upstate New York-dwelling Scottish singer-songwriter, weaves poetic lines that reveal the inner turmoil and tiny epiphanies of familial connections andContinue reading “Lorkin O’Reilly – Marriage Material”

Sophia Knapp & Dungen – “Desert Moon”

Sophia Knapp and Dungen’s new collaboration, “Desert Moon,” hits like a burst of sunlight (or in this case, moonlight) shooting through a dark cloud bank. Knapp composed this upbeat track while gazing at a rising October moon at Joshua Tree, as the natural magic of the scene filled her with the dreamy sense of yearningContinue reading “Sophia Knapp & Dungen – “Desert Moon””

Video Premiere: “Solar Eclipse,” by Lou Turner

To announce the upcoming vinyl release of the brilliant Songs for John Venn on Centripetal Force Records, Lou Turner has released today a charming new music video for her track, “Solar Eclipse.” We’re excited and honored to be able to share it with you first. Check it out below: Released originally last year through SpinsterContinue reading “Video Premiere: “Solar Eclipse,” by Lou Turner”

Fust – Evil Joy

Fust takes the melancholic and the downtrodden moments of everyday life and turns them into sublimely calm country-flavored ballads. Currently based out of Durham, NC, Fust is made up of Aaron Dowdy and John Wallace on guitar and vocals, Frank Meadows on bass, piano and vocals, Justin Morris on pedal steel and Avery Sullivan onContinue reading “Fust – Evil Joy”

The Old Home Place: Remembering Tony Rice and Bluegrass Music’s Spacious Renovation (pt. 2), by James Rooney

If you missed out on part one of James Rooney’s piece on Tony Rice, click here to check it out. David Grisman was not a Bluegrass player. Sure, he honed his chops in some old-timey string bands, but by 1965, Grisman was a key player in Boston’s weirdo psych scene. A bona fide member ofContinue reading “The Old Home Place: Remembering Tony Rice and Bluegrass Music’s Spacious Renovation (pt. 2), by James Rooney”

Rosali – No Medium

With the aid of the David Nance Group backing her up, Rosali harnessed the power of deep, raw introspection to create a record of pure catharsis. No Medium is as bare, sharp and real as it gets. Rosali, a singer-songwriter known for her work in bands like Long Hots and Monocot and as a soloContinue reading “Rosali – No Medium”

Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Nathan Salsburg, Max Porter – Three Feral Pieces

If you talk to any songwriter, they’d be sure to tell you that it’s always harder to write tunes to prewritten words. Yet, Nathan Salsburg and Bonnie “Prince” Billy adapted the stream of consciousness-like writing of Max Porter into songs so perfectly, you’d swear that the lyrics and the music were born from just aContinue reading “Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Nathan Salsburg, Max Porter – Three Feral Pieces”

Jeffrey Silverstein – Torri Gates

Jeffrey Silverstein is back to center your mind and relax your soul with the mellow psychedelicized country of Torri Gates. With the release of last year’s excellent You Became The Mountain, Silverstein proved to be a powerful force within the worlds of rural psych and ambient music. Following this album wasn’t going to be easy,Continue reading “Jeffrey Silverstein – Torri Gates”

Wes Buckley – The Towering Ground

Wes Buckley’s The Towering Ground is a showcase of the North Adams, MA artist’s brilliant song craft and versatility. Released last week on Half a Million Records, the label branch of the famed Belltower Records store, this album finds Buckley inhabiting dusty folk stylings and playing catchy rural melodies on acoustic guitar. The songs, whichContinue reading “Wes Buckley – The Towering Ground”