4 Must See Acts at Pitchfork 2013

Foxygen – 1:45pm (Red) Boy meets boy. Boys share mutual love for rockumentary Dig! and bond over Rolling Stones vinyl listening sessions. Boys form band. So goes the charming story of Foxygen, the ratty-haired youthful duo from Los Angeles. Borrowing heavily from rock and roll’s grandfathers, Foxygen has created some of the most unique music 2013 has had to …

Mavis Staples Keeps the Faith on One True Vine

Like many other soul artists in recent years, Mavis Staples’ career has found new life in the midst of the soul revivalist movement. Her previous album with Jeff Tweedy, You Are Not Alone, came out when the movement was still on the rise, a few Daptone record releases away from its zenith. In contrast, Staples’ newest effort, One …

5 Soul Artists and Their Times of Trouble

Homelessness, cocaine addictions, depression, and alcoholism are all longstanding American traditions, especially within the music community. Without these classic anti-American dream stories, what would Bruce Springsteen sing about? Injustice is the perfect impetus for creativity, Like and sometimes rock bottom can be where the magic happens. Think Bon Iver, Exile On Main Street, Tina Turner, and …

Recap: Gary Clark Jr. at Antones

RECAP: GARY CLARK JR. AT ANTONE’S “Now we here at Antone’s know him as ‘Little Gary,’ but apparently he ain’t little no’ mo,’ and he’s goin’ by his full name, so come on out here Gary Clark Jr.!” With that humble summoning, the headliner nonchalantly took to the stage looking more like an ego-less, virgin …