Articles by: Maeri Ferguson

John Calvin Abney’s ‘Coyote’ Rides The Rail of Atmospheric Emotions (ALBUM REVIEW)

If you caught John Moreland on tour any time in 2017, you were treated to a mind-blowing performance from his sideman and sole bandmate, John Calvin Abney. The fellow Oklahoman is a multi-instrumentalist and managed ...

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Neko Case Goes For Pop-Heavy, Creative Sound With ‘Hell-On’ (ALBUM REVIEW)

Hearing Neko Case’s voice feels like coming home again. It is all at once powerfully singular and familiar, but still mysterious and bewildering in its beauty. A new Neko Case record is like a gift ...

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Brent Cobb Comes Out Big & Swaggering On Grand ‘Providence Canyon’ (ALBUM REVIEW)

It’s rare when an artist enters our lives fully realized and with a confidence that convinces us we’ve been following them for a long time. Brent Cobb has that something and it was evident in ...

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Ryley Walker and Calexico Make For Smooth Pairing at Brooklyn’s Music Hall of Williamsburg (SHOW REVIEW)

In an interesting pairing, Ryley Walker and Calexico shared the stage at Brooklyn’s Music Hall of Williamsburg April 28th. Walker delivered a hypnotic set to warm things up for the seven-piece band, bringing his heady ...

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Ashley Monroe Gives Brooklyn’s Rough Trade Her All In Support of ‘Sparrow’ (SHOW REVIEW)

With a voice like that, Ashley Monroe could have all the confidence in the world. But last week, performing a set at Brooklyn’s Rough Trade on April 24th, there was trepidation in the way she ...

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Joshua Hedley Becomes Class Act With Clear Vision On ‘Mr. Jukebox’ (ALBUM REVIEW)

There’s that old adage, “they don’t make ‘em like they used to,” and then there’s Joshua Hedley. The buzz country singer’s major label debut Mr. Jukebox (on Jack White’s Third Man Records, no less) feels ...

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Tristen Revs Up Wide Ranging Performance at Brooklyn’s Union Pool (SHOW REVIEW)

Longtime fans of Nashville singer-songwriter Tristen Gaspadarek were treated to a wide-ranging live set at a recent show at Brooklyn’s Union Pool. On the heels of her fizzy 2017 release Sneaker Waves, Tristen might have ...

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Erika Wennerstrom Wins Over The Brooklyn Bowl In Support of Drive-By Truckers (SHOW REVIEW)

Smiles were plentiful last Thursday night (3/29) at Brooklyn Bowl when Erika Wennerstrom performed her stellar opening set for the Drive-By Truckers. In the first night of two shows in a row, Wennerstrom and her ...

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Naked Giants Sift Through Vintage Rock Eras On Debut LP ‘SLUFF’ (ALBUM REVIEW)

When I first saw the Naked Giants’ frenetic shredding onstage a few months back, it felt like capturing lightning in a bottle. Their performance was youthful and wild like they were making it up as ...

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I’m With Her (Watkins, Jarosz, O’Donovan) Dazzles at New York City’s Town Hall (SHOW REVIEW)

On a particularly chilly Thursday evening (3/15)  last week, there may as well have been a cozy, blazing hearth inside New York City’s Town Hall thanks to the vibe created by the performance of supergroup ...

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