Here's my list of favorite albums and songs, from the singer-songwriter and Americana genres -- of the first half of 2014.
"Use me, make me suffer, hold me under till my grip unfolds…." These are not the typical words of a simple romantic song, let alone of a simple Friday night. In the imagination -- melodic and lyrical -- of Montreal-based songwriter Jesse Daniel Smith, however, they capture the beauty and terror that sometimes accompanies love.
Best known as guitarist for the Walkmen, Peter Matthew Bauer takes advantage of the band's "extreme hiatus" to explore Indian and psychedelic-folk music on the spellbinding "Philadelphia Raga."
As we hit the midpoint of another year, here are KDHX's top spins so far. These albums are time-tested 2014 releases that have excited our DJs over and over again.
After a label change, which gave the sibling duo courage and freedom to do things their way, the Belle Brigade is back with their second studio album, "Just Because."
Taking inspiration from Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger, New Orleans-based Hurray for the Riff Raff blends American folk with soulful roots music on "I Know It's Wrong (But That's Alright)."
As airborne travelers jetted through the cloudless summer sky, white contrails draped the sunset and slowly faded to pink, as if ripened by the graceful presence of Sweet Baby James.