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TRUX'N DOWN SOUTH AND ACROSS THE OCEAN!

posted February 23rd, 2017

As Piero Scaruffi puts it, "Royal Trux established themselves during the 90's as one of the greatest rock groups of all time. Not only did they give us the masterpiece of extraordinary scope Twin Infinitives (one of the albums that required decades to be completely assimilated) but they also reinvented the concept of a rock group, a concept that was born with the Rolling Stones (a group that had inspired the duo but just as importantly provided them with a definitive example on which to... (read more)

Artists in this story: Royal Trux

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ALBUM, VIDEO, TOUR: IT'S ALL PANGS ALL WEEK FOR ALASDAIR ROBERTS!

posted February 22nd, 2017

Alasdair Roberts' high-spirited new album, Pangs, is in stores on Friday - and in commemoration with this forthcoming moment of uplift, we share with one and all the newly-minted video for the title track. Throughout Pangs, Alasdair's leads a band on electric guitar, offering an evocation of the 60s and 70s folk-rockers of the British Isles - the electric warriors of Fairport Convention, the Battlefield Band, Planxty, Richard Thompson and so many others. Of course, these sounds travel... (read more)

Artists in this story: Alasdair Roberts

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INTRODUCING THE SIX-STRING SLINGING BILL MACKAY

posted February 21st, 2017

Bill MacKay is a musician and a musician's friend - a genial guitarist/composer/improviser based in Chicago who has energized the experimental folk, rock and avant scenes around town with his polyglot approach to the guitar, combining the folk of Appalachia, the blues and gospel with rock, jazz, western-country and an array of eastern modes. Mackay's interest in this tactic - essentially, a personal blending of roots elements - has evidence itself throughout his discography. On Esker, his third solo work and his Drag City debut,... (read more)

Artists in this story: Bill MacKay

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WAND-ER THROUGH THE SOUTHWEST

posted February 15th, 2017

Now that the dust has settled on Wand's first crazy year as a band - three albums between August 2014 and September 2015, they seem to have settled into a long winter's nap, allowing us the time to finally catch up on all three of those fantastic releases (as well as spending some time with singer Cory Hanson's solo debut, The Unborn Capitalist From Limbo). But no sooner do they settle in, when suddenly everybody wants to pull them back out again!... (read more)

Artists in this story: Wand, Cory Hanson