• 2642426

    With her airy, butter-smooth voice and easy, country-tinged song, singer/songwriter Lera Lynn wouldn't have been out of place amidst the ladies of the canyon (Laurel Canyon, that is) in the '70s.

  • buttersgtrbig

    Ten years ago, Butterfly Boucher made an impressive debut with Flutterby. Although the original recording sounds anything but dated, the new rendering feels more mature, more free, more spacious — a perfect reflection of the artist herself at this moment in her life.

  • sinead960

    As one of the clearest, most poignant voices Gen X has, even though Sinéad O'Connor's new album is a collection of love songs, there's an inherent urgency and a potency to the set that few other artists can match.

  • mipso color

    What is it about the big tent of roots music that calls and cultivates such poised young artists? Is it nature or nurture, nativism or empiricism at work here? Old souls or tabula rasas, grounded goals or collaborative community?

  • bensepia

    On his new album, Ben Glover retraces the lives of legends and the heart of history across two very different lands and he pulls it all together in a collection of songs that feels at once haunted and hopeful, gritty and grounded.

  • Linda Perry

    To call Linda Perry anything less than a Renaissance woman would miss the point. She's a singer, songwriter, musician, producer, engineer, record executive, philanthropist, and, now, reality TV star. But the whole of who she is is so much greater than the sum of all those parts.

  • 960

    From Mick Jagger to Joan Jett, rock stars are a distinct breed. They are all of the other archetypes rolled up into one irresistibly charismatic, implausibly appealing ball. If ever there was a box in which to put LP, that would be it.

  • bchat2

    Late last year, country songwriter Brandy Clark quietly released her debut album as an artist and a funny thing happened: People listened and loved it. Now, she's having herself a grand ole time out there.

  • franti

    When Michael Franti started his hip hop career, he probably had no idea that he would get to a point in life when he was doing yoga and singing dance tunes. He's come a long way, baby. And it's a journey that he is very happy to take.

  • Indigo-Girls-1

    Engaging while entertaining, Indigo Girls Emily Saliers and Amy Ray have always worked — and lived — at the intersection of art and activism, supporting myriad great causes and organizations.

  • joanos

    The potency of Joan Osborne's performances stems more from her knowing, from her well-worn heart, than from her voice alone. With that knowing in mind, I thought I would ask her for relationship advice.

  • 1077257_10151966184193772_55718580_o

    Katie Herzig's latest effort, Walk Through Walls, is a complex and cathartic set that fully delivers on the promise made by her previous offerings and it begs the question, “Where do you go from here?”

Five Questions: Mary Gauthier

Posted on Sep 15, 2014 in Artist Interviews
Five Questions: Mary Gauthier

There’s something incredibly poetic about Mary Gauthier, and it infuses everything about her. It’s in her language and diction, it’s in her work, and it’s in her life — past, present, and future. The thing is, poetry isn’t always red roses and blue violets. Sometimes, poetry is a teenage runaway who falls into addiction and […]

Banks: Goddess

Posted on Sep 14, 2014 in Album Reviews
Banks: Goddess

Though it echoes tones of Portishead, Morcheeba, and Massive Attack, the debut collection from Banks never quite catches up to any of those predecessors’ efforts. There’s a good bit of style — and another bit of substance — in Goddess, but it has, unfortunately, an uneven application. The first few tracks showcase the thinner, warbled […]

Five Questions: Lera Lynn

Posted on Sep 11, 2014 in Artist Interviews
Five Questions: Lera Lynn

With her airy, butter-smooth voice and easy, country-tinged songs, singer/songwriter Lera Lynn wouldn’t have been out of place amidst the ladies of the canyon (Laurel Canyon, that is) in the ’70s. Pretty much everything about her could sidle right up alongside the artists of that era — the Eagles, Joni Mitchell, CSN, Judy Collins, et al — […]

All Space, No Pressure: An Interview with Butterfly Boucher

Posted on Sep 8, 2014 in Artist Interviews
All Space, No Pressure: An Interview with Butterfly Boucher

Ten years ago, Australian singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Butterfly Boucher made a very impressive debut with Flutterby on which she wrote, played, and sang pretty much every note. The effort caught the attention of folks like David Bowie, Madonna, and Sarah McLachlan, along with a die-hard group of fans. Flash forward a solid decade and she’s done it […]

The Power of Linda Perry

Posted on Sep 4, 2014 in Aural Fixation
The Power of Linda Perry

Linda Perry doesn’t give a fuck. Actually, she does. She gives a fuck about a lot of things, but what other people think isn’t one of them. An artistic powerhouse and Renaissance woman, Perry exploded onto the scene 25 years ago as the front woman for 4 Non Blondes. Their iconic “What’s Up?” would be […]

Ben Glover: Atlantic

Posted on Sep 1, 2014 in Album Reviews
Ben Glover: Atlantic

When an album starts with a song titled “This World Is a Dangerous Place,” it’s hard to know whether that’s a dire warning or a mere observation. In the case of Ben Glover’s Atlantic, it’s a bit of both. The tune goes on to sketch out details of life that are not so thoroughly drawn […]