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Forgotten Gems & Dusty Classics: Vashti Bunyan, Bob Wills, Bud Freeman, Big Mama Thornton, Robert Pete Williams

Amassing rare and forgotten music is a peculiar sort of hobby — one that slowly transforms into an addiction. It’s not that I don’t love mainstream music. It’s just that the thrill of listening to some forgotten gem that everybody else has overlooked is powerful. It also feeds into the collector’s impulse I have to...Read...
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Califone – Stitches Album Review (Dead Oceans)

Califone's honey-baritoned lead singer Tim Ruttili went looking for himself in the endless sands of the American Southwest, and with their latest, Stitches, returns with the band’s most vital and compelling record since 2003's Quicksands/Cradlesnakes. Stitches was recorded at various locations across Arizona, Texas and Southern California, where Rutilli's been living for the past few...
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Dawn McCarthy & Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy – What The Brothers Sang Album Review

Dawn McCarthy & Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy What The Brothers Sang Drag City Can we appreciate older music, without it being retrostylized, sculpted and reconfigured for modern ears? Will Oldham, the right honorable Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, and Dawn McCarthy (of Faun Fables fame) seem to think so, dishing up thirteen slices of pure unadulterated Americana on...Read...
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Yoni And Josiah Wolf Live Show Review

As you drive aimlessly and helplessly through the grimy lower portions of known Los Angeles, you may find yourself lost on the most eastern part of Beverly boulevard. In a neighborhood known colloquially as Hi-Fi (Historic Filipinotown), this stretch of road is a far cry from the Julia Roberts / Richard Gere version of Beverly....Read...
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O’Death – “Bugs” Music Video

O’Death are an “American Gothic Country band” — which might not seem to make that much sense, until you listen to their music while watching their music videos, which seem bizarre and ritualistic in a creepy, East Coast woodsy kind of way (and serving as one of the best interpretations of such). All the better...Read...
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Pickathon Festival 2010 : Pre-Festival Coverage

A festival that manages to bring in quality folk, bluegrass, alt-country, and indie rock bands without feeling blown-out, over-run, and over-saturated. dr. dog Dr. Dog seem to be constantly, eternally on tour, and their spirited jams are easy pop jams to enjoy when basking in the sunshine. -VH MOUNTAIN VIEW STAGE ON AUG. 6 @...Read...
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