more by Christopher John Treacy
[INDIE] After a tenure with “mini-major” label ANTI- (Neko Case, Nick Cave), William Elliott Whitmore just released his new Kilonova on Bloodshot Records — a better reflection, perhaps, of the humble beginnings that have often been the topic of his songwriting.
[AMERICANA] As a genre, Americana has become somewhat of a catchall: if it twangs but lacks that gahd-awful mainstream country polish, we’re calling it Americana.
[ROCK] The way the story goes, Martin Barre’s original audition for Jethro Tull didn’t go well—he was too nervous to play.
[ELECTRONIC/DANCE] Think of it like a modern, electro version of what Dr. Buzzard’s Original Savannah Band pulled off 40+ years ago during the disco era.
[ROCK] Bay area promoter extraordinaire Billy Graham called Shawn Phillips the “best kept secret in the music business.” It’s a fitting description, given that Phillips, now 75, is a gifted Texas-born troubadour who, despite numerous brushes with fame, never really broke th
[INDIE] Remember the other folks you met your freshman year of college, the ones who lived on the same dormitory hall as you? Maybe you still know some of them—and that’s essentially how the guys in North Carolina-based Rainbow Kitten Surprise originally met.
[INDIE] “Just when you think the rage has cooled in your veins, there’s a brand new flavor that fucking beats your head against the wall every day,” singer-songwriter Neko Case told Pitchfork’s Senior Editor, Jillian Mapes, in an interview earlier this year.
[BLUES] Although Ana Popovic hails from Belgrade, Serbia, her musical affinity is for American blues, something handed down by her father.
[ROCK] With a 1966 hit single under his belt (“In Love”), Buffalo native Tony Galla went on to sing for the band Raven from 1967-1970, touring with some counterculture icons and signing to Columbia with some help from Jimi Hendrix.