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January-February 2015 Relix Magazine Sampler: Punch Brothers- I Blew It Off
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The Lone Bellow: Then Came the Morning

by Lee Zimmerman on January 23, 2015
So what do you do for a follow-up when your eponymous debut is hailed as perhaps last year’s best Americana entry? Hopefully, you take a lesson from The Lone Bellow and produce a sophomore...

Jim White vs. The Packway Handle Band: Take It Like a Man

by J. Poet on January 22, 2015
Jim White is an alt-country maverick with a literary bent and a caustic sense of humor. When The Packway Handle Band, an oddball bluegrass group that combines acoustic rock with their skewed...

Belle and Sebastian: Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance

by Bill Murphy on January 21, 2015
In the same way that rainy Saturdays recall Velvets-era Lou Reed or Nick Drake’s Pink Moon, a profound and mystical whimsy usually suffuses any Belle and Sebastian album. With that in mind, a...

Ryan Bingham: Fear and Saturday Night

by Lee Zimmerman on January 20, 2015
Over the course of a still-budding career that’s yet to mark its first decade, Ryan Bingham’s enjoyed a steady ascent in critical acclaim, and rightfully so. This, his fifth album, not...

The Decemberists: What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World

by Ryan Reed on January 16, 2015
Colin Meloy wants you to know The Decemberists’ supposed “hiatus” was misconstrued. “We know we belong to ya,” he sings over a folky strum to open “The Singer Addresses His...

The Four Legged Faithful: Devoured in the Dark

by Sam D’Arcangelo on January 15, 2015
The Four Legged Faithful do justice to old-school Americana with Devoured in the Dark, their follow-up to the 2011 LP Regret & Resolve. The record’s 11 tracks find the Massachusetts-based...

Victor Krummenacher: Hard to See Trouble Coming

by J. Poet on January 14, 2015
While it’s a little less eclectic than the average Camper Van Beethoven album, Trouble Coming is still full of surprises. Staying on the country/folk side of the street, founding CVB bassist...

Guster: Evermotion

by Lee Zimmerman on January 13, 2015
Mostly known for their populist appeal and ambitious intents, Guster takes a decided directional turn with Evermotion, finding focus in a softer sound and cooing, uncomplicated melodies....

Panda Bear: Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper

by Ryan Reed on January 12, 2015
Even when he’s masking his voice in swampy synthesizers and opensore guitar fuzz, Noah “Panda Bear” Lennox can’t help but sound pretty. On his fifth solo LP, the Animal Collective...

Justin Townes Earle: Absent Fathers

by J. Poet on January 09, 2015
Absent Fathers is the companion to Justin Townes Earle’s Single Mothers. Mothers was written from the perspective of the women who bear the brunt of male irresponsibility. Fathers looks at...

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