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  • The self-titled EP by Dirty Little Blondes sounds like musical sunshine

    The self-titled EP by Dirty Little Blondes sounds like musical sunshine

    One of the ways a band can catch the attention of a potential listener is with a memorable band name. Dirty Little Blondes is certainly a memorable band name, and on this self-titled EP is one that will stick with you as well. If you had the inclination (and the time), you could research the most...
  • The new EP from Pi Jacobs, Hi-Rise Ranch, gets glowing review from AXS

    Pi Jacobs' new EP, Hi-Rise Ranch hits all the right notes

    The new six song EP from Pi Jacobs, Hi-Rise Ranch, is a masterpiece. Set for release on April 14, this EP is packed with toe-tapping, high energy songs from start to finish. From the first notes of "Want to Want to," the listener will be overwhelmed by the soulful, rootsy voice of Jacobs, the...
  • Amy Black coming to Sacramento's Luna's Cafe April 26

    Amy Black coming to Sacramento's Luna's Cafe April 26

    Amy Black is coming to Sacramento on April 26 and, as a first time appearance in California's capitol city area, her debut at Luna's Cafe will be an exceptional treat for those who love story-telling vocals that grab your attention, melt your heart and get your blood pumping. Amy hits the target...
  • Jackie Greene releases a new video, plays Saint Rocke

    Jackie Greene releases a new video, plays Saint Rocke

    If you were to look at the progression of Jackie Greene's career, you might think it was a movie script. He started as a teenage solo artist in Sacramento. After that, he co-produced his debut album with a member of Los Lobos. From there, he joined Phil Lesh & Friends. He had a stint as a...
  • Like Emmylou Harris, Pieta Brown is her own genre

    Like Emmylou Harris, Pieta Brown is her own genre

    Valentine's Day has come and gone, but it's still worth mentioning for a couple reasons that Pieta Brown debuted a video for "Flowers of Love" for the occasion. The first reason it's worth mentioning is that it's just a pretty song, and any time is a good time to add a pretty song to your life. Plus...
  • Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit announce new tour dates: Americana honor story

    Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit announce new tour dates: Americana honor story

    If working with your honey makes everything taste that much finer, then the newly released collaboration from Americana Music Association Artist of the Year, Jason Isbell, and wife/fellow acclaimed singer and songwriter, Amanda Shires, promises to be sugar sweet. In between Isbell’s work on the...
  • The Avett Brothers: Triumphant concert at Tucson Music Hall

    The Avett Brothers: Triumphant concert at Tucson Music Hall

    The Avett Brothers are riding high on the resurgence of indie/folk Americana music in recent years and on February 5, 2015, Tucsonans got to experience this power house band once again! The Rialto theatre has presented this group at their venue twice in the past, but due the band’s increased...
  • Shovels and Rope will perform to sold-out crowd at Neighborhood Theatre

    Shovels and Rope will perform to sold-out crowd at Neighborhood Theatre

    Husband-and-wife duo, Shovels and Rope, are continuing their unique singing and musician talent with their sophomore debut, Swimmin' Time. Both Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent bring their own musical draw to their musicianship as a duo, and what evolves is a perfect concoction of musical...
  • Eric Lilavois releases songs from his upcoming album

    Eric Lilavois releases songs from his upcoming album

    When you talk to musicians, you realize that they do what they do because it's in their blood. It doesn't take long to figure out that this is a group of people not necessarily suited for sitting in a university classroom or a cubicle. That's not to say that they don't have the capacity (although...
  • Canton Symphony Orchestra to present The Speedbumps in concert

    Canton Symphony Orchestra to present The Speedbumps in concert

    In October of 2012 The Canton Symphony Orchestra first performed with The Speedbumps after the Symphony’s Executive Director, Michelle Mullaly saw them perform at a local venue. The show proved to be so popular that additional collaborations were arranged. The newest gathering of The Speedbumps...
  • Nate Richert is a talented Americana singer-songwriter

    Nate Richert is a talented Americana singer-songwriter

    Musicians have a lot of ways to catch a person's attention. One of those ways is with an interesting bio. (All of you music artists who don't have a bio, this is a really great reason to have one.) While a lot of bands have a bio that includes influences and venues played, other artists use it as an...
  • Swimming in a pool of our own: An interview with Gary Louris of The Jayhawks

    Swimming in a pool of our own: An interview with Gary Louris of The Jayhawks

    It's almost unfathomable, but it's true. The Jayhawks have been making music together for 30 years. Gary Louris discusses the band's beginnings in Minneapolis, the fortuitous phone call that helped the band get signed, and the album of which he is most proud. AXS: What do you think about being at...
  • Americana pioneers The Jayhawks reunite (sort of) to revisit classics

    Americana pioneers The Jayhawks reunite (sort of) to revisit classics

    Were The Jayhawks ahead of their time or right on schedule? Certainly the Minneapolis country-rock outfit, which performs Thursday at The Fillmore, never got the attention it deserved during its original 1980s-1990s run, when the band's rootsy sound proved a little rustic for the booming alt-rock...
  • Kirsten Proffit is a singer-songwriter who makes pretty tunes

    Kirsten Proffit is a singer-songwriter who makes pretty tunes

    When you start exploring Americana and country artists in the Los Angeles area, you start to realize that there is an awful lot of pretty music being made in this part of the world. You could argue that the definition of pretty is cheapened if you start applying it too frequently. However, that is...
  • The Devil Makes Three heads to Denver in January

    The Devil Makes Three heads to Denver in January

    The Devil Makes Three is making an appearance in the Mile High City. And soon! The three-piece Americana band is about to kickoff on a nation-wide tour, and they stop off in Denver to play the Fillmore Auditorium on Saturday, Jan. 24. The tour starts on New Years Eve in Burlington, Vermont and runs...
  • Echo Sparks to release new album in January

    Echo Sparks to release new album in January

    Ghost Town Girl, the new album from Echo Sparks, begins with "Broken Arrow," a song that is probably best described as pretty. This song features great harmony vocals that bring to mind the male-female duos of the past. The female vocal part takes the song to a whole new level of pretty. In addition...
  • Indie artist Linda Chorney delivers punchy interview after Grammy controversy

    Indie artist Linda Chorney delivers punchy interview after Grammy controversy

    Arguably, indie artist Linda Chorney’s known more for that 2012 Grammy controversy than her immense music — 30 years’ worth. That was the year Chorney got nominated for Emotional Jukebox as “Best Americana Album” alongside Emmylou Harris, Levon Helm, Lucinda Williams, and Ry Cooder, veterans in the...
  • Get to know talented singer-songwriter Exzavier Whitley

    Get to know talented singer-songwriter Exzavier Whitley

    If you heard about an artist from Compton, what kind of music would you assume that artist plays? Rap would probably be a good guess. After all, one of the most famous rap albums is called Straight Outta Compton. Well, Exzavier Whitley is from Compton, but he sure doesn't sound anything like NWA. In...
  • Ted Z and The Wranglers show good range on the EP Like a King

    Ted Z and The Wranglers show good range on the EP Like a King

    One of the great things about reviewing music is that you're always finding and exploring new music. Along the same lines, one of the great things about the music business right now is that it's easier than ever for a band to release a new album. Technology has made it so bands don't have to whore...
  • Phoebe Bridgers: one part folk, one part 90s rock

    Phoebe Bridgers: one part folk, one part 90s rock

    When you go to Phoebe Bridgers's ReverbNation page and listen to some of her tunes, one thing is immediately apparent from the intro of "Radar". Namely, that Bridgers is a talented guitarist. The intro to this song features some really solid picking on the guitar. And it sounds pretty effortless...
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