Tag Archives: Americana

Review – The Thirsty River – The St. Croix Sessions

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By Evan Verploegh

Newcomers to the local bluegrass scene, The Thirsty River have already been making waves in a genre that has some stiff competition. Only a couple years into their musical journey, the band has already created a very enjoyable, bright and bouncing E.P. In the April release The St. Croix Sessions gives you an inside look to a hardworking, and highly competent group of musicians and manages to stand out against a multitude of impressive americana and bluegrass records. Continue reading

Review – The Gated Community – We Can Do Anything

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By Courtney Schultz

Bluegrass music pockets a way of filling you up from your core and working itself through your entire being. Stir it up with the perfect concoction of sunlight-warmed skin and grass-cushioned feet, and it will lift you off the ground and move you; your soul being summoned to enter the physical world, or perhaps it’s your body entering the spiritual world. Continue reading

Review – The Last Revel – The Last Revel

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By Evan Verploegh

Let’s be honest here: Bluegrass bands are a dime a dozen these days. It takes a true uniqueness and distinction to set yourselves apart from the large pack of bluegrass and americana musicians we see today. What has come in the current revival of bluegrass, folk and americana is an incredible amount of friendly competition that challenges bands to excel in musicianship and develop a notable sound that can be quickly identified. Minneapolis’ own The Last Revel has successfully honed in on a sound that does just that. Continue reading

Review – Bloodpine – Fever Prone Circus Owned

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By J.J. Anselmi

Fever Prone Circus Owned is Bloodpine’s debut LP, but you’d never guess. Each song, as well as the album as a whole, exhibits a mature sense of structure, instrumentation, and subtlety. With equal parts light and dark, Fever Prone Circus Owned conjures images of immense natural landscapes and a deteriorating small town America. Continue reading

Review/Article – Taj Raj – Night Speech

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by Kelsey Simpkins

“Hey there,” Ben Burwell and company gladly hail the unknown ear, “…How long has your entire been cold and tired? Give me your hand, we’re gonna find you fire.” This warm welcome greets the listener on “Your Thief,” the first track off of Taj Raj’s latest, Night Speech, and continues for a strong seven minutes. It’s the first of many compositions on this release that pass the five minute mark, leaving the ear well sated. So like the dedication of time lent to the creation of this release, required in return is an investment on part of the listener: to take an hour of the day to press play and let be. Continue reading