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Photos: All Tomorrow's Parties Festival at Asbury Park, NJ

Asbury Park, New Jersey | September 30-October 2, 2011
Bands perform at the All Tomorrow's Parties Festival at Asbury Park, New Jersey on September 30-October 2, 2011.
By K. BONAMI  |  October 07, 2011

Authors talking: Spring readings in Boston

By ear
America’s best young novelist, Britain’s most popular mystery writer, a bearded indie rocker, and a dead master populate this spring’s mandatory literary events.
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  March 17, 2011

Sam Amidon | I See the Sign

Bedroom Community
Sam Amidon is fascinated with the songbook of old Americana, and his radical yet tasteful reimaginings of traditional folk ballads and hymns breathe new life into a form often seen as quaint and old-fashioned.
By MICHAEL PATRICK BRADY  |  April 15, 2010

Various Artists | Songs For Chris Knox

Merge (2010)
On June 11 of last year, Chris Knox suffered a life-altering stroke.
By JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  February 16, 2010

The gang's all here

Chain and the Gang and the Hive Dwellers do it all again
It's coming up on 20 years since Calvin Johnson met Ian Svenonius. It was at a Hazmat show in DC, and Svenonius was fronting his Nation of Ulysses. Johnson was blown away.
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  April 15, 2009

Love and consequences

Three restless souls try to settle down
Two of indie music's most popular and tortured songwriters, Will Oldham and Neko Case, try to reconcile encroaching middle age with a past of bad habits on their new albums.
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  March 18, 2009

Bonnie 'Prince' Billy | Beware

Drag City (2009)
Will Oldham's time as Bonnie "Prince" Billy has been overwhelmingly fruitful, but even amid that strong back catalogue, Beware stands out as one of his fullest, most complete works.
By MICHAEL PATRICK BRADY  |  March 17, 2009

Arbouretum | Song of the Pearl

Thrill Jockey (2009)
Dave Heumann has learned much in stints backing Oldham brothers projects like Bonnie Prince Billy and Anomoanon.
By MICHAEL PATRICK BRADY  |  March 03, 2009

Quitters, tinklers, tacklers, and whoppers

The Big Hurt: Music news in brief
David Berman of Silver Jews intends to quit the music biz and concentrate on writing prose, says a post on the Drag City Web site.
By DAVID THORPE  |  February 02, 2009

Review: Wendy and Lucy

It's a dog's life
It's a dog's life in Wendy and Lucy
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 20, 2009

On with the shows . . .

Winter 2009's got plenty in store
If freezing your ass off builds character, music fans should prepare to develop way too much character over the next few months.

Striving for magic

Scarce are taking it slow; plus, Killing Pablo
Do you remember Scarce?
By BOB GULLA  |  June 04, 2008

Bonnie Prince Billy

Lie down in the light | Drag City
Long-time fans of prolific country-folk icon Will Oldham, a/k/a Bonnie “Prince” Billy, will likely be surprised to hear Lie Down in the Light .
By RYAN STEWART  |  October 27, 2008

Dead Child

Attack | Quarterstick/Touch and Go
From the first monster-metal riff and warlock scream, it’s pleasantly obvious where Dead Child are headed on their full-length debut.
By MATT ASHARE  |  April 29, 2008

Sideshow and tell

The strange and wonderful world of Baby Dee
She goes by the name Baby Dee, even though she was born in Cleveland in 1953.
By WERNER TRIESCHMANN  |  January 28, 2008

Dax Riggs

We Sing of Only Blood or Love | Fat Possum
One of the best tunes here could almost pass for an outtake from Marilyn Manson’s latest.
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  November 13, 2007

Play by play

Being an annotated schedule of the guitary greatness on offer at the festival.
Being an annotated schedule of the guitary greatness on offer at the festival.
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  August 29, 2007

Nowhere man

The mysterious Jandek apparently exists — and he’s coming to Boston
The buzz about Jandek is . . . is . . . Well, let’s try again.
By JAMES PARKER  |  May 25, 2007

American classic

Charlie Louvin returns
How old-school is Country Music Hall of Famer Charlie Louvin?
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  March 06, 2007

And the nominees are . . .

The good, the bad, and the libidinous
Thanks to all who entered the Portland Phoenix Short Film Fest and congratulations to all nominees.
By IAN PAIGE  |  November 08, 2006

Old Joy

A tale of old friends
American movies don’t come much smaller, subtler, or swoonier with tactile experience than Kelly Reichardt’s film, where a rare commitment to heartfelt naturalism keeps the proceedings free of bull and cool-indie toxins. Watch the trailer for Old Joy  (QuickTime)
By MICHAEL ATKINSON  |  October 25, 2006

Rare, please!

Versions found only on the web
The Internet and all it represents has never struck me as fitting very well into the faux Appalachian, outsider-artist æsthetic that Will Oldham has cultivated for himself in his various Palace incarnations and, of late, as Bonnie “Prince” Billy.
By MATT ASHARE  |  September 26, 2006

Soft sells

The rise of indie rock’s cult of the singer-songwriter
Quiet is the new loud, pretty is the new rocking, and acoustic is the new electric. The Mountain Goats, "Woke Up New" (YouTube)
By FRANKLIN BRUNO  |  September 22, 2006

On the racks: September 19, 2006

Bonnie "Prince" Billy, Fergie, Smash Mouth... DJ Shadow, Chingy, and Kasabian
By MATT ASHARE  |  September 19, 2006

Work ethics

Jason Molina and Magnolia Electric Co.
You can file Jason Molina with the über-prolific. Magnolia Electric Co., "Lonesome Valley" (mp3)
By MICHAEL ALAN GOLDBERG  |  September 15, 2006

Second chances

Rick Rubin’s parting gift to Johnny Cash
When Rick Rubin went looking for Johnny Cash in 1993, he found a master songwriter and a living depository of American folk lore who’d been left behind by the changing tides of the industry and the times.
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  June 27, 2006

Thumb’s up

Andy Arch and the Latter Day Saints’ masterful EP
When Tom Thumb, aka Andy Arch, last put a record out, it was a solo acoustic outing, bedroom folk music, one guitar and one voice.
By BOB GULLA  |  May 02, 2006

Nicolai Dunger

Here’s My Song You Can Have It . . . I Don’t Want It Anymore/Yours 4-Ever | Zoë
Sweden’s Nicolai Dunger has spent the past few years carving out a niche for himself as a consummate collaborator, working on recordings with The Soundtrack of Our Lives, Calexico, and Will Oldham.
By ELISABETH DONNELLY  |  April 04, 2006

Roots canals

The country excursion of Jenny Lewis, the Elected, and Neko Case
Punk’s courtship of Americana has always been a natural one.
By MATT ASHARE  |  March 14, 2006

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