The Dream Syndicate – The Universe Inside

You can’t accuse the 21st century edition Dream Syndicate of coasting on past glories. The closest they came was 2017’s excellent How Did I Find Myself Here?, the first album with the new configuration, but in truth it seemed as much a closure upon the weight of the band’s history as it was an honest… Continue reading The Dream Syndicate – The Universe Inside

Mavis Staples Gets By with a Little Help from Ben Harper

A month after she headlines this year’s Amplify Decatur concert on April 13, legendary R&B/gospel belter Mavis Staples will have her 12th studio album released by Anti- Records. Since signing with Anti- in 2007, Staples has worked with Jeff Tweedy (who’s also playing Amplify Decatur) on three albums, Ry Cooder on one and M. Ward… Continue reading Mavis Staples Gets By with a Little Help from Ben Harper

Marc Ribot Throws Tantrum, Accomplishes Nothing

Since President Trump took office, the United States has experienced an unprecedent economic turnaround. The GDP expanded at a 4.3% rate during the spring of this year, with 4.3% predicted by the Atlanta Federal Reserve for the third quarter as well. (To contrast, two years ago we were experiencing 1% growth.) Unemployment rates continue to… Continue reading Marc Ribot Throws Tantrum, Accomplishes Nothing

Anti- Gets Mothers; Mothers Get Ugly

After originating in Athens, Georgia and turning ears two years ago with their debut album When You Walk a Long Distance You Are Tired, 2018 finds Mothers based in Philadelphia and signed to Anti- Records, with a highly anticipated new album Render Another Ugly Method set for release on September 7. The album’s songs display… Continue reading Anti- Gets Mothers; Mothers Get Ugly

Neko Case Gets Her Hell-On

Neko Case is blessed with one of the most sublime voices in modern times, and it’s been too danged long since we’ve been blessed with a new album from her. Sure, she did that thing with Laura Veirs and k.d. lang. And, you know, she was featured prominently on the last New Pornographers album, Whiteout… Continue reading Neko Case Gets Her Hell-On

Curtis Harding – Face Your Fear

Curtis Harding’s ability to write great songs and belt out soulful vocals found him going from a CeeLo Green collaborator to an internationally touring solo artist. A talent of his caliber would’ve made it at some point in the digital age, but a stacked resume (he wrote the song “Grand Canyon” for Green) and the jaw-dropping authenticity… Continue reading Curtis Harding – Face Your Fear

Girlpool – Powerplant

Girlpool has grown in numbers, with founders Harmony Tividad and Cleo Tucker adding their band’s first drummer, Miles Wintner, since breakout 2015 album Before the World Was Big. The group also has a much larger platform since signing with major indie label Anti-, an Epitaph Records offshoot that’s issued releases by the likes of Tom… Continue reading Girlpool – Powerplant

The Dream Syndicate Sign to Anti- Records

Pivotal Paisley Underground-era band The Dream Syndicate have signed to Anti- Records for the release of their as-yet-untitled forthcoming album. “The Dream Syndicate and I are very excited to be a part of the Anti- family,” founder Steve Wynn said upon the announcement. “I like the way they embrace artists with a rich and lengthy… Continue reading The Dream Syndicate Sign to Anti- Records

Greg Graffin – Millport

The California punk scenes of the ’80s were unlikely incubators for country and roots talent. Alejandro Escovedo and John Doe are two obvious and still relevant examples. There are lesser-known instances as well, such as early Latino punks the Plugz’ transformation to the roots-influenced Cruzados. And of course there’s The Blasters and numerous cowpunk bands.… Continue reading Greg Graffin – Millport

Girlpool Joins Anti- Roster; New Album May 12

Much has happened on the Girlpool front since their 2014 emergence: Principals Cleo Tucker and Harmony Tividad returned to their native Los Angeles after a stint in Philadelphia; added drummer Miles Wintner to their lineup; and, most recently, inked on the dotted line with the venerable Anti- imprint. Powerplant. Girlpool’s second full-length and debut for… Continue reading Girlpool Joins Anti- Roster; New Album May 12

Neko Case – The Worse Things Get…

Neko Case The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You [Anti-] Ms. Case sure didn’t spare the verbiage on this one, did she? The excessiveness of the title, The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You (which… Continue reading Neko Case – The Worse Things Get…

Kelly Hogan

Hogan Here When I call Kelly Hogan one recent afternoon, she’s sitting in her old car, Marge, staking out the Piggly Wiggly parking lot near her house in Wisconsin. “I’m gonna go in and buy some jalapeños,” Hogan says. “But I like to sit in the parking lot and see what people buy. Lots of… Continue reading Kelly Hogan