“It’s not that we don’t make mistakes,” says Scott Polland with a smile, from under his fedora. “We make lots of mistakes....
Vaud & the Villains bring edgy theatrical flair—and straight-up rock ’n’ roll—to folk traditionals
On Sun Maiden’s Facebook page, there’s a link to lead singer Johanna LeFever’s Soundcloud page, where she’s uploaded a handful of tunes....
London trio Happyness didn’t mean to freak you out with their weird lyrics
Portland roots-rockers seek their Wilco nirvana
Falling somewhere between the early ’70s metal of Black Sabbath and late ‘60s psych-rock, locals Mountain Tamer (Sometimes spelled MTN TMR) mix...
How one fateful recording session changed everything for the Delta Saints
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Indie duo Wye Oak reinvent themselves on new album ‘Shriek’
Even rising floodwaters can’t keep Pokey LaFarge from tunneling into the history of early American roots music
Considering their name is taken from one of the show’s most famous catchphrases, it should come as no surprise that the Do’h...
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Big Stone Soup is a brand new band, but its members go way back together.
U.S. troops brought rock music to Cambodia; Dengue Fever is bringing it back
Jim Lewin’s latest band, Edge of the West, is an eclectic group. Their influences include Americana, bluegrass, jazz, reggae, and the psychedelic...
For Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers, it’s been a strange, viral-video road to the Santa Cruz Mountain Sol Festival
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Lenny Ruckel, lead guitarist for Lenny’s Basement, really does have a basement—at least he did in 2010 when the band formed. But...
Bryan McPherson’s latest album packed with the emotional, personal and political
“Hall Pass” might sound like an ’80s screwball comedy, but really it’s a local cover band—and not even an ’80s cover band....
Ska cult band the Slackers remain true to a much earlier ska sound
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On a stage adorned with plants and giant magic mushrooms, a cowboy lays down a mean drum solo, which is followed by...
Vetiver’s Andy Cabic balances melancholy themes with upbeat sounds
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Singer-songwriter Ben Henderson got his start in Delta Activity, an explosive indie-prog-rock band, and Good Hustle, a spontaneous funk-rock trio that still...
Lyrics Born finally finds the right groove on his latest album, ‘Real People’
James McMurtry’s new album Complicated Game could be one of the best Americana albums of the year
Pianist Benny Green has grown up with the Kuumbwa, but even after 35 years of shows here, he’s still a revelation