Review: Kronos Quartet – “Long Time Passing”

Long Time Passing: Kronos Quartet and Friends Celebrate Pete Seeger might seem, on the surface of things, like a noble attempt to celebrate or further canonize a legendary American folk artist. And, to some extent, yes, it is that; and, not to minimize, it’s also a wonderfully arranged and wonderfully performed LP, as good as anything…

Review: Demons – “Uglier Americans”

As protest songs go, this one, yep, is pretty damn angry. “Uglier Americans” – the new MAGA-targeting protest song, out today online, from Virginia noise-rock quartet Demons – is a furious little piece of agit-prop. And the screams, as politicians volley quips back and forth over the legal minutiae of American detention camps, are definitely…

Profile: Marc Ribot (2018)

The separation of immigrant children from their parents. The trashing of the Paris Agreement on climate change. The white nationalism. The Mueller investigation. The Tweets. The wall. There’s been no shortage of reasons to hate Donald Trump and his lie-filled House of Whiteness. Marc Ribot’s heard more than a few of them. But what prompted…

REVIEW: Jolie Holland – “Wine Dark Sea”

Originally published in Popdose on Oct. 30, 2014 Second take? Such a treasure! On Wine Dark Sea, Jolie Holland’s sixth LP, the eclectic singer-songwriter doesn’t just sit at the intersection of blues, soul and folk – she proves she can own it. After the joys of records like Escondida, a true studio-debut gem, or her…