This year, Houston Press music blog Rocks Off and Dallas Observer music blog DC-9 at Night, the music blog at our sister paper Dallas Observer, teamed up to bring you only the choicest moments from last week's SXSW madness.
John Fogerty: Creedence Clearwater Revival survivor John Fogerty gets overl ... More >>
Security and Cops Gettin' Wild: Look, I get it. Every drunken dickhead in town "knows someone" or thinks he has pull at the door, but that doesn't mean the hammer goes down on everyone. I was stopped by two cops who didn't want me to walk 50 yards from where the Smashing Pumpkins would be playing an ... More >>
Of all the stupid things we do with our phones, Instagram might be the worst. Not only has the app falsely convinced us all we're professional photographers, but it's done something even worse: It's encouraged our worst vainglorious tendencies. No one is Amaro-toning his or her real life. There are ... More >>
To our extreme delight, there are quite a few artists that are dropping new music this year for the first time in a long time. We've been waiting seemingly forever for No Doubt's next album. Thankfully a few other artists didn't leave us hanging for as long.
We've selected five albums you definitel ... More >>
My Morning Jacket - CircuitalToday marks the last grasp for the month of May -- a rather solid month, I might add, for new releases. So far, I've covered Fleet Foxes, Gang Gang Dance, Friendly Fires and, now, Kentucky indie rockers My Morning Jacket. Circuital, the band's sixth LP, is their first fr ... More >>
There may not be a track released the rest of the year that has an ounce of the substance and effortless polish of "Dear God 2.0" off of How I got Over -- the long-awaited new album from The Roots.The song employs a genius guest vocal from Jim James of My Morning Jacket and Monsters of Folk fame ... More >>
Considering they already have six albums to their credit, it's great to say Philly band Dr. Dog truly hits their stride with Shame, Shame.With 2008's Fate looming in the background as some of the band's finest work, Shame had a lot to live up to. It mostly does.Shame, Shame, shows just how the band ... More >>
Ok, just a warning: I'm going to be mean in this blog.
But I assert that anything I say here does not hold a candle to the suffering
I feel everyday on my way to work, when I've had to take in a
begrudging eyeful of the Monsters of Folk Tour mural.The Monsters of Folk Mural by Joe Pagac.Yeah, I ... More >>
Jim James, Connor Oberst, M. Ward and Mike Mogis equals Monsters of FolkExcited for supergroups? Disappointed that the Dead Weather's album isn't quite as good as you think it should be? Well let Monsters of Folk -- Connor Oberst, Jim James (Yim Yames, whatever), M. Ward and Mike Mogis -- ease yo ... More >>
Spin:Listen: Scarlett Johansson Duets with Pete Yorn
NME: Rejected Britney Spears Song Set for Har Mar Superstar Album
NME: Ray Davies: 'The Kray Twins Wanted to Manage The Kinks'
NME: Lily Allen and Liam Gallagher Cause Boozy Havoc on 11-Hour Flight
NME: Charles Manson Asks Phil Spector to Collabor ... More >>
Seems like it's been a long time since a any Phoenix promoter felt like shelling out the big bucks it takes to rent the gorgeous Orpheum Theatre downtown for a show. It appears the inaugural tour by Monsters of Folk, an ironically-named side project featuring My Morning Jacket's Jim ... More >>
Electric Mustache: Video: Animal Collective - "Summertime Clothes"
Spin: Rihanna To Testify At Chris Brown Hearing
Rolling Stone: Oberst, Jim James and M. Ward Form Monsters Of Folk Supergroup
Spin: Bonnaroo Day 1: The Best & the Worst
Rolling Stone: Green Day Bring New "Breakdown" Tracks To "R ... More >>
By Noah W. Bailey
Picking the best folk and Americana records of the year isn't nearly as hard as discarding those great records that just didn't feel right stuck in the category.
Releases by Calexico and DeVotchKa felt far too worldly to pigeonhole as folk or country, for instance, while Blitzen ... More >>