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When we were good and drunk, we would put Neil Young's American Stars 'n Bars on the record player. It was the fall of 2011 and I was living with two of my best friends in a dilapidated cottage with a huge ranch-style yard in the middle of Los Angeles. Most of the place was outside-- the doors of m ... More >>
Scattered cosmic dust
Brooklyn's Virgin Forest is stick-to-your-ribs indie rock courtesy of 80% of Phosphorescent, fueled on Townes Van Zandt and heavy metal thunder. Their sophomore album (and first for Partisan), Easy Way Out (due January 31), mines similar Neil Youngish territory as Phospho, but is more Ragged Glory t ... More >>
Justin Townes Earle Celebrate Brooklyn! at Prospect Park Bandshell Thursday, June 30 Better than: Falling asleep on the subway and waking up at Coney Island. As Justin Townes Earle took the stage on Thursday night, the sun was setting over Prospect Park, the air was cool and thick, and the crowd ... More >>
Charles Ray, a Californian artist who has been active for about 35 years, mostly makes sculptures. Their formidable weight, fragility and cumbersomeness means they don't travel as much as they might, and there have never been many of them--a few a year, perhaps, with long gestation periods before th ... More >>
"We're precautious," Vetiver frontman Andy Cabic announced in his velvety near-whisper from the Bowery Ballroom stage to a sparse but appreciative Sunday night crowd. No doubt most indie rockers with deep pockets were uptown at Radio City Music Hall with Bon Iver, David Byrne, and Feist for the Dark ... More >>
Moses preaches. Pic by Rob Trucks. Steve Earle Judson Memorial Church Monday, September 22 I derive great comfort from Steve Earle's well-worn onstage jokes about his myriad ex-wives. Let's not pretend not to have this conversation. Me: "So how many are there, anyway?" The Photographer: "Well, th ... More >>
An appealingly bummed-out troubadour slouches toward redemption
Young folkies get back to their roots, mercifully
Touring the South, the legend talks about Led Zep and Alison Krauss. Mostly Krauss.
A whole lotta desolate, evocative, engrossing love
Unpopulist songwriters in heaven and here orbit a bygone Nashville through the sterile static
For as it was not necessarily prophesied by Karl Rove and Stanley Crouch, so it shall be