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2011 Stories by Roy Kasten

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  • The Acoustic Cafe Tour

    published February 10, 2011

    The Acoustic Café Tour is smartly arranged as a study in post-Lilith Fair, singer-songwriter contrasts. Veteran songwriter Mary... More >>

  • Kid Congo Powers

    published February 10, 2011

    The collision between garage rock and junky funk finds an early psychedelic impact in the Amboy Dukes, if not the Wailers. Kid Congo... More >>

  • Patrick Sweany

    published February 10, 2011

    You wouldn't know it from suffering through the singer-songwriters who plague subway stops and opening slots from coast to coast, but they... More >>

  • Chatham County Line

    published February 3, 2011

    Chatham County Line's 2010 release, Wildwood, is a classic slice of Americana, but it slipped through media cracks, for reasons... More >>

  • JJ Grey & Mofro

    published February 3, 2011

    Off and on for the better part of the last decade, JJ Grey & Mofro have been demonstrating just what the adage "funkier than a... More >>

  • Peter Wolf Crier

    published January 27, 2011

    Peter Wolf Crier isn't obsessed with precisely capturing the past — even though singer Peter Pisano named an early project Wars of... More >>

  • Bobby Bare Jr.

    published January 27, 2011

    Taken as a whole, Bobby Bare Jr.'s career amounts to the most graceful, forgiving and musically satisfying resolutions to the Oedipus... More >>

  • The Lighthouse and the Whaler

    published January 20, 2011

    Now that Sufjan Stevens has embraced electro-deconstruction and revealed that he was only kidding about that whole 50 states project, it's... More >>

  • Dale Watson

    published January 20, 2011

    With his graying, pomade-stiffened pompadour, sprawling and fading tattoos, silver-dollar-and-leather-appointed Telecaster and baritone voice... More >>

  • Kopecky Family Band

    published January 13, 2011

    Since the kinship of the Kopecky Family Band isn't by blood, it'll have to settle for music. Classical strings and indie collectivism is... More >>

  • Jimbo Mathus

    published January 13, 2011

    At this point in history, it should be unnecessary to reference the Squirrel Nut Zippers in contextualizing Jimbo Mathus' music. Yes, he... More >>

  • Grizzled country-rockers Bottle Rockets and power-pop songsmith Marshall Crenshaw form an unlikely touring alliance

    published January 13, 2011

    As out-of-left-field collaborations go, the Bottle Rockets backing up Marshall Crenshaw ranks with Elvis Costello and the Brodsky Quartet or... More >>

  • The Black Swans

    published January 6, 2011

    Jerry DeCicca is the whispering voice and gloomy vision behind Columbus, Ohio's the Black Swans. And just when you think he needs a rock... More >>

  • Memories of Elvis

    published January 6, 2011

    Michael Joseph Jackson has surpassed Elvis Aaron Presley as the biggest and weirdest of all the dead rock icons. But his soul will never suffer... More >>

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