Whether he’s performing a ballad or a rock song, Ryan’s intelligence and intensity course through this release. (Twangville review, mp3s and video here.)
They rock, they roll and then they rock some more. The Hold Steady may very well be the best band in America. (Twangville review here.)
The debut album of the year, hands down. Earle will win you over with ballads that ache with raw emotion and honky-tonk that hearkens back to country’s early hey-day. (Twangville review, mp3s and video here.)
If you miss the by-gone days of Stax and Atlantic R&B, this will fill the void. The only thing better is to see them live in concert. (Twangville review and video here.)
Hooking up with Jon Landau Management was only Escovedo’s second best move this year. The first was releasing an album that showcases his lyrical depth and his mastery of diverse musical styles. (Twangville review and video here. Exclusive video profile podcasts here and here.)
Delicious power-pop that bristles with confidence and attitude. (Twangville concert review with video footage and studio mp3 here.)
The best way to listen to this album is to close your eyes and get lost in Lindell’s soulful New Orleans R&B. (Twangville review here.)
I’m not sure how I missed this band that has regularly performed in my neighborhood clubs. Better late than never, I suppose, as I’m mesmerized by their quietly intense folks songs and their percussive up-tempo blues.
I’ll stick with the question that I posed when I first reviewed this album: Are the Teenage Prayers a rock band that brims with soul or a soul band with garage rock tendencies? With music this good, does it really matter? (Twangville review, mp3 and video here.)
Richly nuanced but always sharply engaging pop from one of Philly’s finest. (Twangville review here.)
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