The Suitcase Junket is a one-man band from Amherst, Mass., starring Matt Lorenz. The Junket is equal parts folk, blues, bluegrass, and when Lorenz kicks up the distortion, punk.
A.A. Bondy’s music is spare, dark and penetrating. Much of it features just Bondy on acoustic guitar singing of sadness and loss.
Bonnie Bishop has evolved from a self-described country singer trying to sell beer at Texas dance halls, to a bluesy soul singer more in line with who she is as a musician.
T Bird and the Breaks blend all kinds of styles to create what the band calls “chunk” music: equal parts funk, hip-hop, and rock ‘n’ roll.
This Old, New, Borrowed and Blue set features David Crosby, the Seratones, Wilko Johnson and Roger Daltrey, and the Rolling Stones.
Hollis Brown is a new band from NYC with an old sound. Any band naming itself after a Bob Dylan song and covering an entire Velvet Underground album is worth checking out.
Slobberbone’s hard-driving rock sound softened with a whiff of country twang is just what I needed to re-acclimate to the U.S. after seven months in South America.
It is difficult to write about any aspect of Chilean culture without making reference to the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet. And so it is with music. This post features bands I learned about while spending six months in Chile.
Prior to the REC festival, my knowledge of Latin American music could be summed up in three words: Miami Sound Machine. The weekend was a musical education.
My latest musical obsession is Lucero, a band from Memphis that has been around since the early 2000s but that I discovered only recently.