Reviews

Trampled by Turtles Record Their Finest Yet With ‘Life Is Good on the Open Road’ (ALBUM REVIEW)

With a title that proclaims an unfettered sense of starry-eyed optimism, Trampled By Turtles’ first new release since Wild Animals, released nearly four years ago, is, in every sense, a genuine comeback, a record about ...

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Shakey Graves Changes His Tune With ‘Can’t Wake Up’ (ALBUM REVIEW)

Shakey Graves (known by Alejandro Rose-Garcia to family and friends) seems to have changed his tune. Where once his blend of old-school folk, blues, rock Shakey Graves (known by Alejandro Rose-Garcia to family and friends) ...

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Parker Milsap Shows Growth & Versatility With ‘Other Arrangements’ (ALBUM REVIEW)

Parker Millsap’s Other Arrangements shows an evolution in sound and songwriting that’s made all the more interesting by the fact that it was crafted on the road. Faced with the challenge of following up his ...

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Sam Lewis Brings Swampy Southern Soul to “Loversity” (ALBUM REVIEW)

Sam Lewis hangs with some big names, having toured with Los Lobos, Delbert McClinton, And Marty Stuart’s band. He’s collaborated with John Prine, Kasey Musgraves, and The Wood Brothers. That’s because Sam Lewis is one ...

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Erika Wennerstrom of Heartless Bastards Rocks Portland With Soulful Cosmic Folk (SHOW REVIEW/PHOTOS)

For fifteen years Erika Wennerstrom has been the powerful voice and leader of Austin, Texas-based rockers the Heartless Bastards. Recently, she decided to take things in a different direction with her debut solo album, Sweet ...

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The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Black Angels, Ministry and More Trip Out at Austin’s LEVITATION (FESTIVAL REVIEW/PHOTOS)

Following a last minute cancellation of the festival in 2016 due to weather, Levitation (formerly Austin Psych Fest) took a year off to consider the best way to carry on. This year Levitation returned to ...

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In-Demand Sideman Jeff Plankenhorn Becomes Gifted Singer-Songwriter on ‘Sleeping Dogs’ (ALBUM REVIEW)

Chances are that you’ve heard multi-instrumentalist Jeff Plankenhorn supporting Ray Wylie Hubbard, Joe Ely, or countless other Texas roots musicians. Unless you’re an Austin resident though, chances are even better that you’ve never heard Jeff ...

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Canadian Mariel Buckley Takes a Rugged Journey on ‘Driving in the Dark’ (ALBUM REVIEW)

Driving in the Dark, is the rocking, gritty sophomore release from Calgary, Alberta-based singer-songwriter Mariel Buckley. She teamed with a new producer, Leeroy Stagger, for this set of rather dark songs that lie squarely at ...

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Wannabe Reviews Janelle Monáe’s ‘Dirty Computer’

In the latest Wannabe, artist Chris Prunckle offers his illustrated commentary on Dirty Computer, the long-awaited new album fromJanelle Monáe, in his signature six-panel comic strip form. Click on the image for full resolution (best viewed on desktop):

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Willie Nelson Continues Late Career Writing/Recording Resurgence With ‘Still Not Dead’ (ALBUM REVIEW)

A few years ago false reports circulated online that Willie Nelson had died. The American icon reacted to these with his classic ease and wit and most surprisingly, it inspired him to craft his strongest ...

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