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Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Following fIREHOSE's blistering set of punk jazz, I was almost worried that the hushed immediacy of Portland-based singer/songwriter/produce ... More >>
See also: fIREHOSE's Ed Crawford: "It Was Our Job. We F**kin' Showed Up Every Day."
M. Ward has slowly and sturdily built himself up as a songwriter and producer over the past decade, with a string of hushed folk, country, blues, and pop inflected records that don't cry out for attention, but quiet ... More >>
She & Him - Volume TwoYou may not know it by looking out at the gray, rainy Phoenix skies this week, but spring is upon us. The weather currently doesn't want to cooperate, but She & Him will more than happily oblige your springtime needs. The duo's sophomore effort, Volume Two, is a perf ... More >>
Artist: She & HimTitle: Volume 2Release date: March 23Label: MergeMy editor has claimed this project a triumph for no other reason than I've chosen the new over the old -- sort of. See, I told Martin Cizmar a while back that I wanted to review tonight's Ray Davies concert. I love the Kinks. T ... More >>
Taea ThaleStream She & Him's latest album Volume Two over at NPR MusicActors and musicians often make strange bedfellows, yet they can't seem to stay away from each other. It must be the whole being artistically inclined thing. Take Zooey Deschanel, one half of She & Him and star of numer ... 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 >>
Mathew Ward and Zooey Deschanel (a.k.a. She & Him).
We fully admit to our jealousy of Mathew Ward.
Not only does the Portland guitarist have an obscene amount of talent (which he's demonstrated much over the past decade on seven separate full-length albums), Ward's collaborated musically with ... More >>
Ben Gibbard and Zooey Deschanel both enjoy wearing a silly hat, a basic freedom most Americans sadly don't take advantage of.Well it finally happened. Indie rock icon and dorky eyeglasses connoisseur Ben Gibbard - better known to those few grandmothers and Buddhist monks (who actually don't know who ... 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 >>