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Thursday, September 13th, 2018

Time has not dulled Richard Thompson. On his new record 13 Rivers, the 69-year-old’s guitar sounds as barbed as ever, ringing with the same rawness that defines past masterpieces like Shoot Out the Lights and Sweet Warrior. What’s more, the new lp, his 19th overall, finds the songwriter addressing the spiritual longing that’s run like a thread […]

Monday, September 10th, 2018

Magic lurks around the corners in AMC’s Lodge 49, a late-summer blur of Pynchionian mystery, beach bum charm, and golden hour SoCal haze. Written and created by Jim Gavin, author of the bleakly funny 2013 short story collection Middle Men, the series follows Wyatt Russell as Sean “Dud” Dudley, a surfer whose life has been turned over following […]

Friday, August 17th, 2018

If you’re listening for musical borders in Borderlands, the latest from Tucson, Arizona-based psychedelic unit the Myrrors, good luck. In the record’s collected extended jams and briefer numbers, whatever lines exist to separate kosmische, drone, folk, minimalism, and free jazz blur, bend and then vanish entirely. Yet however borderless the sound here may be, songwriter […]

Thursday, August 9th, 2018

Michael Nau opens his new album, Michael Nau & the Mighty Thread, with a Wall of Sound ode to thinking you might know, but knowing you might not. “Now in the middle summer/I’m thinking about the universe,” Nau sings, his husky baritone floating over shimmering guitars. “I think I know how it works/But I’m a […]

Friday, August 3rd, 2018

The Rock*A*Teens were my favorite rock and roll band of the 1990s, a group that disguised heroic artistic ambitions behind a murky, mysterious, reverb-laden take on early rock and roll. I’ve heard echoes of their sweeping grandiosity in the indie-anthemic bands of the mid-2000s and echoes of their weird swampy cool in today’s crop of […]

Thursday, July 19th, 2018

Listening to Carl Stone’s second compilation for the excellent archival label Unseen Worlds, it’s not uncommon to find yourself completely lost in a web of sounds. It’s not necessarily a disorienting feeling. Instead, it’s kind of like wading into a cool pool. It’s only once you’re all the way in that the temperature feels right. […]

Thursday, July 12th, 2018

Wherever he ends up musically, from his work with Hiss Golden Messenger to sitting down with gospel legends the Blind Boys of Alabama, guitarist Phil Cook seems to be smiling. But it’s on his solo albums, including 2011’s Hungry Mother Blues and 2015’s Southland Mission, that he seems most jubilant. That’s doubly true of his latest […]