Austin Lucas spends about 10 months of the year touring the world, so writing songs about life on the road comes naturally. “Four Wheels,” a standout track from his upcoming album, pays tribute to the people who keep the home fires burning.
Griffin has always had a gift for locating a song's nerve endings; for surveying her subject matter and identifying the most efficient possible pathways to listeners' emotions. At the NPR Music offices, Griffin and her band perform three songs from her new album, American Kid.
Limited-edition record also features Suicide Commandos and You Am I
Frank Black has teamed with Minneapolis punk legends the Suicide Commandos for a new limited edition 7-inch, which is currently up for auction as part of the ongoing Songs for Slim charity project.
At first glance, singer-songwriter Robert Ellis' decision to move last November from Houston to Nashville didn't seem surprising.
Vermont Americana trio The Devil Makes Three have made an impression over the last few years on the festival circuit and, especially, with strikingly boisterous live albums. Eschewing drums for a simple arrangement of guitar, upright bass and vocals, The Devil Makes Three — guitarist/frontman Pete Bernhard, bassist Lucia Turino and guitarist Cooper McBean—melt the likes of blues, ragtime, rockabilly, country and a punky ethos that calls to mind Northern brethren like Deer Tick.
“The songs of The Bright Spots are populated with saints and devils, peppered with spooky incantations that conjure swampy highways and dark water creeks. There are spirits in the water, the fields are moaning. The sense of place is so strong that it is a lively, living entity, seeping and breathing its way into each song. This produces an atmospheric, waking dream characteristic to the collection.” – Tom Speed, Honest Tune
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