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Bombadil: Adversity Shmadversity

North Carolina folk trio Bombadil were becoming a fast-accomplished troupe with an acclaimed debut and numerous festival spots under their belt, until member Daniel Michalak's unfortunate struggle with a nerve ...

The Ugly Club @ Maxwell’s

HOBOKEN, NJ—Indie rock is a persistent little scamp that shape-shifts, mimics, and borrows, a reliable place to dump one's history of influence and neatly straighten it into accessible, stylish pop without ...

Interview with Cold Fur: No Bull

Cold Fur: A raw, no-frills rock 'n' roll band strung together from remnants of Jersey staples Rye Coalition and The Want, who trade in giant riffs, feral solos, and an endless river of pugnacious spirit. Af...

Superhuman Happiness: Hands

The name is not a ruse—Superhuman Happiness kick off second LP Hands with a carefree celebration that is quite literally packed with cheers, laughter, and chatter, before launching into 10 tracks' worth of ...

The Orange Peels: Sun Moon

Not that I've been there, but Sunnyvale, California sounds like the premiere habitat for a rock band such as The Orange Peels, whose fifth disc, Sun Moon, overflows with bright, healing alt pop salvos that ...

Eluvium: Nightmare Ending

A longtime staple of Temporary Residence, it's not hard to imagine the slow-burning music of Eluvium getting less attention than the label's bravado-heavy rock outfits like Envy, Mono, or Explosions In The ...

Cloud Cult: Love

Those like myself who have managed to ignore Cloud Cult for their roughly 20 years of bandhood would do well to hear their 2005 disc, Advice From The Happy Hippopotamus, a 25-track behemoth of creativity th...

Matt Costa: Matt Costa

Quoth Cracker, long ago: “What the world needs now is another folk singer like I need a hole in my head.” Let that not discourage us from doing the best we can—Matt Costa certainly hasn't, but his challenge...

Samantha Crain: Kid Face

Samantha Crain is an Oklahoma-hailing purveyor of literate folk tunes who caught me by surprise. A first listen to her new LP, Kid Face, might feel lukewarm if you're hoping to hear something stylistically-...