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

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

Authors talking: Spring readings in Boston

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 ear
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  March 18, 2011

Sam Amidon | I See the Sign

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.
Bedroom Community
By MICHAEL PATRICK BRADY  |  April 16, 2010

Various Artists | Songs For Chris Knox

On June 11 of last year, Chris Knox suffered a life-altering stroke.
Merge (2010)
By JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  February 19, 2010

The gang's all here

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.
Chain and the Gang and the Hive Dwellers do it all again
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  April 17, 2009

Love and consequences

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.
Three restless souls try to settle down
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  March 18, 2009


Bonnie 'Prince' Billy | Beware

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.
Drag City (2009)
By MICHAEL PATRICK BRADY  |  March 17, 2009

Arbouretum | Song of the Pearl

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

Quitters, tinklers, tacklers, and whoppers

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.
The Big Hurt: Music news in brief
By DAVID THORPE  |  February 02, 2009

Review: Wendy and Lucy

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

On with the shows . . .

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


Striving for magic

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

Bonnie Prince Billy

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 .
Lie down in the light | Drag City
By RYAN STEWART  |  May 27, 2008

Dead Child

From the first monster-metal riff and warlock scream, it’s pleasantly obvious where Dead Child are headed on their full-length debut.

Attack | Quarterstick/Touch and Go

By MATT ASHARE  |  April 29, 2008

Sideshow and tell

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

Dax Riggs

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

Play by play

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

Nowhere man

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

American classic

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

And the nominees are . . .

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

Old Joy

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
A tale of old friends
By MICHAEL ATKINSON  |  October 25, 2006


Rare, please!

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.
Versions found only on the web
By MATT ASHARE  |  September 26, 2006

Soft sells

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

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

Work ethics

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

Second chances

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.
Rick Rubin’s parting gift to Johnny Cash
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  June 27, 2006


Thumb’s up

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.
Andy Arch and the Latter Day Saints’ masterful EP
By BOB GULLA  |  May 02, 2006

Nicolai Dunger

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.
Here’s My Song You Can Have It . . . I Don’t Want It Anymore/Yours 4-Ever | Zoë
By ELISABETH DONNELLY  |  April 04, 2006

Roots canals

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