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Ryley Walker - The Halfwit In Me (Live)

FaceCulture | Posted 07.14.2016 | Entertainment
FaceCulture

American singer-songwriter Ryley Walker plays the song The Halfwit In Me from his upcoming album Golden Sings That Have Been Sung. This session was re...

Dan Lipton's 'Breathing In' Fresh Air For Folk

Bridget Fitzgerald | Posted 04.22.2016 | Entertainment
Bridget Fitzgerald

Dan Lipton's new album "Breathing In," came across my desk, and I couldn't help but write a little about a modern day folk artist that has drawn inspiration from a lot of great folk storytellers.

Swing Shifting to Jazz, Heather Masse has a Wailin' Good Time With Roswell Rudd

Michael Bialas | Posted 02.25.2016 | Entertainment
Michael Bialas

As one-third of the Wailin' Jennys, the most heavenly trio in folk music today, Heather Masse would be the first to admit that jumping into the jazz s...

Here's What Happens When Two Girls Fall in Love and Form a Band

Jenny Block | Posted 02.19.2016 | Queer Voices
Jenny Block

If Bonnie Raitt and Jeff Buckley played an unplugged duet, you'd get pretty close to the heart of Mouths of Babes. A balance of irreverence and solemnity, celebration and blues, electric folk and acoustic soul. Sprinkled with the musical maple sugar of being truly and madly in love.

Americana Blues Meets Italian Jazz: Chris Rundle Band's Debut Album, Cave Sessions

Jeff Biggers | Posted 02.12.2016 | Entertainment
Jeff Biggers

With an infectious rolling groove led by the double bass, British bluesman Chris Rundle eases into Ray Bonneville's "Under the Bridge" with a natural and deceptively effortless sound on his debut album, "Cave Sessions."

Art Garfunkel On The 'Art' Of A Great Live Show

Tavis Smiley | Posted 11.13.2015 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

Art Garfunkel has been fine tuning his instrument since he was a small child, singing into a wire recorder he received from his father. He has since made a lasting mark on the music world as both a solo artist, and half of the extraordinary duo Simon & Garfunkel.

Sermonizing at The Sinclair: Josh Ritter in Concert

Sheila Moeschen | Posted 10.21.2015 | Entertainment
Sheila Moeschen

Not too many men can rock a pair of retro gas station coveralls. Then again, singer/songwriter Josh Ritter is about as far from your average guy as you can get.

The White Buffalo Roams into Hearts of Listeners on Latest LP

Salvatore Bono | Posted 08.20.2015 | New York
Salvatore Bono

As Jax Teller reconciled with the fate, the vocals of Jake Smith were played. Smith, aka The White Buffalo, has been captivating audiences long before Sons of Anarchy went off into the sunset and is making his mark again.

Exclusive Track Premiere and Interview: White Magic

J.L. Sirisuk | Posted 07.08.2016 | Entertainment
J.L. Sirisuk

Mira Billotte casts spells. As White Magic, Billotte creates gorgeously hypnotic soundscapes reminiscent of a dream -- weaving textures of sound at once psychedelic and meditative.

Recordings From Music Maker Relief Foundation (and a Free Album!)

Stephen D. Winick | Posted 06.23.2016 | Arts
Stephen D. Winick

Public folklorists like me often advocate for traditional arts, and for individual traditional artists. We try to increase funding, support, and participation in the art forms we work with, and we recommend artists for gigs, awards, grants, and other recognition.

Get Ready for the Sound of Kaleo

Lauren Kruczyk | Posted 05.01.2016 | Entertainment
Lauren Kruczyk

Haven't heard of Kaleo? Listen to "All the Pretty Girls" and you'll have 'em on repeat.

The Sound of José González

Joseph Vella | Posted 06.21.2015 | Entertainment
Joseph Vella

In a musical age where most everything is temporary or over-produced, José's music is the opposite - it draws you in, it's entrancing and demands that you listen.

9 to See at SXSW and a Wu Tang Rumor

Josh Rosenblum | Posted 05.11.2015 | Entertainment
Josh Rosenblum

On top of the thousands of must-see bands and acts for those attending South by Southwest / SXSW in 2015, I've compiled another list that attendees might find useful as we plot out our days and nights of many music genres playing across Austin next week.

CD Review: "I Am Love" by I Am Love

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 03.31.2015 | Arts
Christopher Zoukis

I Am Love just released a self-titled album which reflects their personal tastes in music: the psychedelic; the Vaudevillian; a little Seattle grunge; and what, for lack of a better term, is called theatrical rock.

Of Suicide & Sublimity

Ben Evans | Posted 02.06.2015 | Arts
Ben Evans

This summer, I invited eight musicians and one very talented filmmaker named Christopher DeSanty up to the same cottage--where I had, a year prior, flirted with forever--in order to film a documentary and four "Les Cheneaux Sessions" in an attempt to explore imagination, landscape, and the act of creation in one triumphal stab at redemption.

Ryan Kristobak

Here's How To Dance The Pain Away

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Kristobak | Posted 11.14.2014 | Entertainment

Just before I became the last and only male interview of the day for German duo Milky Chance, singer-songwriter Clemens Rehbein joked, "Now we can tal...

After the Heroin, the Singing

Ben Evans | Posted 01.05.2015 | Arts
Ben Evans

In total, he looked up all of two times throughout his set, and the shame that seemed to hold his eyes to the floor was both unsettling and captivating.

My Chats with Tom Rush

Lauren Daley | Posted 12.09.2014 | Entertainment
Lauren Daley

Rush, 73, has a voice that has only warmed and deepened with age -- he sounds better now than he did 40 years ago.

Farewell, Fair Ladies: American Roots by Women

Stephen D. Winick | Posted 11.02.2014 | Arts
Stephen D. Winick

Lots of discs have appeared in my box lately on which great women musicians take on tunes and songs stemming from the old-time tree. I thought I'd share my thoughts on some of those here.

Czech Folk-Rock: Catching Up With Čechomor

Stephen D. Winick | Posted 09.17.2014 | Arts
Stephen D. Winick

Čechomor marked their 25th year as a band in 2013, and they celebrated with another live concert and recording project, their most ambitious in a career of ambitious projects: a massive outdoor concert in the stunning medieval town of Český Krumlov.

Basia Bulat, Tall Tall Shadow and a Sacred Live Show

Stephanie Keller | Posted 05.20.2014 | Entertainment
Stephanie Keller

I began listening to the entirety of her new album, Tall Tall Shadow on repeat (where she plays four instruments including the charango and autoharp) and jumped at the chance to see her live.

Neil Young Celebrates 68

Posted 11.12.2013 | Entertainment

Few people have had such a dynamic effect on the rock, folk, and country music scenes as Neil Young. As he celebrates his 68th birthday today (Nov. 12...

EdTang: Why Not Live Till You Die?

Marcel Hidalgo | Posted 11.18.2013 | Arts
Marcel Hidalgo

EdTang tells it like it is: Seize the moment because the moment is all we have. He is a folk singer with a raspy voice similar to Tom Waits. And what comes out of his gritty voice communicates the message to contemplate less and act more.

When I Paint My Masterpiece...

Dusty Wright | Posted 11.17.2013 | Arts
Dusty Wright

There is hope for new music, even with heritage acts like Mr. Zimmerman. Looking backwards, one can borrow to move forward. Clearly all three of these releases look backwards.

Lot's Wife, Noah's Ark and Rogues Gallery: Sea Music Recordings

Stephen D. Winick | Posted 09.30.2013 | Arts
Stephen D. Winick

There's a thriving scene for historical and contemporary sea music, with festivals all over. Here in the U.S., the premiere festival is at Mystic Seaport in Connecticut, and last month my band Ocean Celtic was lucky enough to play there and meet many of the great sea music performers.