The last time we heard Kevin Morby, he sounded immortal. On Singing Saw, the ex-Woods bass player and co-director of The Babies sang sweeping epics about fire and rain and facing the devil in his dreams. He'd been to the mountain, sung all the songs and watched as the flowers around him wilted, seeming more of a mythological figure wandered in from the back pages of rock history than a regular guy strumming a guitar. City Music finds Morby stepping...Read more
The mysterious, sensuous '70s era of gold dust women and yellow brick roads never ended for Michael Nau -- or at least that's the impression one's left with after listening to his gloriously vintage-tinged new LP, Some Twist. Midway track "Scumways," for instance, is one of the most beautifully written and recorded songs of this year, even though it would have fit nicely onto any Baby Boomer's radio playlist for decades. Chalk that up to...Read more
The title of the latest album by Jason Isbell and his Alabama-based wrecking crew The 400 Unit is both promise and provocation. It's partly a shot across the bow of Music City's current hitmakers, but it's also Isbell's solemn vow that he's going to do his damnedest to live up to the city's legendary songwriters and performers, the ones who put authenticity and integrity before flash and artifice. STREAM THE ALBUM VIA NPR Those forebears should be...Read more
It's been a long six years since electronica musician Seth Haley (aka Com Truise) has released anything new and, suffice to say, we're glad he's back. Nostalgic, dramatic and not exactly short on synth, Iteration is the kind of album necessary to help us battle through the rest of 2017. The shimmering sounds and blasting beats make you feel like you've fallen into the soundtrack to an eighties sci-fi movie which you kind of have, given that there's...Read more
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