The Low Anthem – Smart Flesh

Providence, Rhode Island’s Low Anthem made small waves in 2009 with the existential ruminations of “Charlie Darwin” – a track that made for a stately introduction of the band’s folk/country/gospel M.O. while miraculously sidestepping any traces of nostalgic parody or old-timey schtick.  Featuring a melody sung in a tender falsetto and vocal … [Read more...]

Rusty Borealis – Fell Down Pretty

Andrew Smentkowski and Ted Appert may hail from the most populous city in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula (Marquette), but the dirty chug and plucky blues of their debut album – as Rusty Borealis – evokes the sort of gritty backwoods storytelling that could only be created by people who have lived in a place that many still regard as a permanent … [Read more...]

Paula Sinclair – Steady Girl

The rich alt-country of Steady Girl could fit comfortably in the rotation at your local country radio station. The album calls attention to Paula Sinclair's honest reflections, and her earthy vocals would be a nice counterpoint to the glossier stylings of artists like Carrie Underwood. Sinclair works out of Portland, Oregon.  Although the singer … [Read more...]