.Tom Chandler

Oct 12, 2011

The Shants

This album is built of many parts, but there's no question that Skip Allums' voice pulls it all together. Whether snaking through some dusty,...
Apr 13, 2011

Dengue Fever

The biggest misgiving anyone is bound to have with each new Dengue Fever album is that there's more singing in English. I know, I...
Feb 2, 2011

Iron and Wine

I saw blood, and some of it was mine, sings Sam Beam in the song "Walking Far From Home," his voice lightly distorted over...
Jan 26, 2011

Oluyemi Thomas/Sirone/Michael Wimberly

Not for nothing was Oakland multi-reedist Oluyemi Thomas described as "the magical mystery man of the West Coast." His duet album with Henry Grimes...
Jan 5, 2011

Sean Smith

It's not a stretch to imagine Sean Smith doing a Christmas album, given his publicly stated reverence for John Fahey, whose own Christmas album...
Dec 15, 2010

George Cole

George Cole is easy-breezy in the best possible way. As a singer and guitarist he explores the so-called "gypsy jazz" tradition, which is obviously...
Sep 22, 2010

Justin Townes Earle

Three albums in, Justin Townes Earle, son of Steve, is only growing and getting better. Not unlike Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, Earle has...
Apr 1, 2009

A Dream Band

What happens when you get five of the Bay Area's top improvisers in a room and record them? Magic, that's what. Assuming they're not egomaniacal, great...