Album Review: Gretchen’s Wheel — Such Open Sky

On Such Open Sky, her latest album as Gretchen’s Wheel, Lindsay Murray takes a turn that’s both darker and more energetic. From the opening strains of “You Should Know,” it’s clear that Gretchen’s Wheel circa late 2020 is a great leap forward. While all that has come before has been highly melodic and supremely engaging,

Album Review: Sonny Rollins – Rollins in Holland

There are people out there doing important archival work. Dedicated music lovers like Zev Feldman connect with archivists, collectors, fans and like-minded individuals across the globe, seeking to unearth previously-unheard recordings by some of the most important figure in jazz. And every so often, we hear these stories of unmarked boxes on dusty shelves, found

Hundred-word Reviews: January 2021 #2

Here’s five more brief reviews; this time we’ve got progressive rock, powerpop, indie chamber pop, goth rock and one album that’s simply beyond easy classification. What they all have in common is that they’re new, they’re indie, they’d be likely to escape your notice if you didn’t visit Musoscribe, and they’re all quite, quite good.

Awen Family Band: Prolific Family

The concept of family can be a fluid one: beyond genetic connections, for many it represents a circle of people with a common set of concerns, goals or values. In the case of the Awen Family Band, it represents a shared focus on musical expression. The group has recently released Back to the Source, an

Album Review: Bobby Rush – Rawer Than Raw

At age 86, bluesman Bobby Rush has nothing left to prove. Recipient of a dozen Blues Music Awards and winner (for Porcupine Meat) of the 2017 Grammy Award for Best Traditional Blues Album, Rush could be forgiven if he chose to rest on his laurels, looking back proudly on an impressive body of work that

30 Days Out, January 2021 #2: Travis Book Happy Hour, Sons of Ralph, Page Brothers, The Harrows

Happy New Year! Live music is back! Hey, just kidding. No, wait: it is, kinda. It’s back the way Brain Wilson was back with the Beach Boys all those times in the ’70s and ’80s. Which is to say, again: kinda. In this edition of 30 Days Out – the one-year anniversary of its appearance

Bonus Interview: Kevin Godley on ‘Consequences’ and the Gizmotron

I recently spoke with Kevin Godley (10cc, Godley & Creme) about his new solo album – his first, in fact – titled Muscle Memory. But during our chat I also managed to bring up the subject of Consequences, the bizarre boxed set 3LP album that marked the debut of Godley & Creme in 1977. That

Kevin Godley: The Consequences of Remote Collaboration (Part 2 of 2)

Continued from Part One… Submissions took the form of rough instrumental audio mixes. Each time Godley came across one with potential, he took things to the next step. “If I liked it, I’d just pull it on to GarageBand [digital audio workstation software], and sing over the top of it, straight into a computer.” That

Kevin Godley: The Consequences of Remote Collaboration (Part 1 of 2)

In 2020, working remotely is commonplace. Even before circumstances required it, many people found that working from home could be just as efficient as showing up to a formal workplace. Creatives and musicians, of course, have known this for longer than most. Elton John and Bernie Taupin famously collaborated by mail for years, putting words

The Discs: Old New Wave is New Again

When punk and new wave were exploding in New York City in the late ’70s and early 1980s, Allan Day wasn’t old enough to drive a car, much less play a gig in a bar. But the New Jersey youth was inspired to his core by the sounds coming out of the metropolis across the