Album Reviews

  • New Nordic Roots for Bandcamp Friday

    • April 02, 2021
    • Devon Léger

    With Spring blooming around us, it may seem strange to move to the Northern climates of Europe for this month’s Bandcamp Friday roundup, but any month is a good month to be listening to new Nordic music! Dive in to some new music from the Nordic world and you’ll see that these old traditions are alive and well today and getting pushed in some very new and exciting directions!

  • Album Review: No-No Boy, '1975'

    • April 01, 2021
    • Devon Léger

    No-No Boy’s 1975 is a remarkably powerful and moving album from an artist who may be new to the folk world, but clearly understands the power in the idiom. It’s also a reminder that America is larger than this country. We seem too often to be limited by our own borders, limited by the idea that the white American perspective “founded” this country and moves it forward. In reality, America should be one of the most connected countries in the world. Our history of continual immigration leaves us with strong ties to every country we came from, and projects like No-No Boy remind us that all of the stories of the world live here as well.

  • Album Review: Peter Case, 'The Midnight Broadcast'

    • March 17, 2021
    • Henry Carrigan

    The Midnight Broadcast illustrates Case’s canny genius as a songwriter and his ingenious ability to take traditional songs and turn them into shimmering gifts for a new generation of listeners. Case’s midnight broadcast is one we never want to miss.

  • Album Review: David Huckfelt, 'Room Enough, Time Enough'

    • March 01, 2021
    • Henry Carrigan

    David Huckfelt's Room Enough, Time Enough illustrates the power of song to speak love to power, to create an atmosphere in which we ponder what it means to be human, and to evoke the power of memory to liberate and to provide hope.

  • Album Review: Ani DiFranco, 'Revolutionary Love'

    • February 01, 2021
    • Henry Carrigan

    Revolutionary Love shines with a brilliant light that uncovers the darkness of hatred in ourselves and others; it burns with the fire of a passion to embrace the world around us and the world inside us, both worlds that ignite sparks of fierce anger and turbulent love. Sparks of DiFranco’s songwriting genius emanate from her heart, lighting our paths with her intimate candor, her fervor for the power of revolutionary love, and her embrace of the power of such love to change us and the world, if we have the ears to hear these moving songs.

  • Album Review: Various Artists, ‘Golden Age: 25 Years of Signature Sounds’

    • January 29, 2021
    • Henry Carrigan

    Every song on this anniversary album showcases the brilliance of the artist and the genius of the label in bringing this diverse and deeply appealing music to the world. We are fortunate that Signature Sounds has been bringing us such excellent music for the past 25 years, and we look forward to music they bring us over the next 25 years.

  • Album Reviews: Best New Trad Albums Coming in Early 2021

    • January 27, 2021
    • Devon Léger

    2020 was uhhhh… quite a year. It upended most of American civil society, and turned the music industry upside down. Let’s hope that 2021 will turn it all around, and with that hopeful thought in mind, here are the new trad releases coming in early 2021 that I’m most excited about. We’re still not seeing as many albums released because artists are waiting for touring to open up, so the artists that are releasing music in this difficult time need your support more than ever! Have a listen and buy an album if you can to make 2021 a better year for our favorite artists.