Take a look at the biographical blurb and accompanying author photo on the back cover of David Hajdu's latest book, Heroes and Villains, and you'll discover that not only is Hadju a professor, but he looks like one. Smiling wryly behind frameless spectacles, the 54-year-old prof (and music critic ... More >>
Picking the best folk and Americana records of the year isn't nearly as hard as discarding those great records that just didn't feel right stuck in the category. Releases by Calexico and DeVotchKa felt far too worldly to pigeonhole as folk or country, for instance, while Blitzen Trapper's fantastic ... More >>
And now it's time for the "I love you like a fat kid loves cake" memorial Worst Lyrics of 2008, March Madness-style tournament, this year a terrifying mélange of appalling oral-sex requests, bargain-bin philosophies, grammatical atrocities, and cringe-inducing pillow talk. To elevate the drama, I p ... More >>
She's packing up and taking her campfire groove to Tinseltown.
North American Ghost Music (Back Porch)
Electric Blue Watermelon (ATO)
Humming by the Flowered Vine (Matador)
The Forgotten Arm (Superego)
Grab a slice of 2004's best roots music while it's still hot.
The SXSW music fest showcases the city as much as the artists
Altcountry icon Lucinda Williams makes lemonade out of lemons
Leona Naess's voice puts the mind at ease
A thoroughly unscientific look at what your friends and neighbors read, watch, and hear -- or not
They induced the best national acts to play in a small barroom, and now they're shutting down. Blame the owners. Blame the Beach. Blame yourself.
Another female singer-songwriter emerges from the shadows
Joe's Garage Ely's never there. He's on the road.