Melinda Kirwin and Simon Rudston-Brown were once romantic partners but are now a musical duo known as Falls. The track "Home," from Sydney, Australia natives' new EP "Into the Fire," proves their strength as songwriters and collaborators; the sound is lush, rhythmic, state-of-the-art folk pop.
Americana. Rockabily. Bluegrass. Irish soul. Country. Folk. Roots. One could keep going. These genres just scratch the surface of the sound that is Humming House.
On "Lying in the Sun" Nashville, Tennesse-based singer Lera Lynn stretches out her dusky, melancholic voice for a dark but honest message of what it sometimes takes to survive in a dog-eat-dog world.
A visit to New Orleans is a sensory treat, but the 2014 version of the French Quarter Festival takes your senses to a whole new level.
There is an interesting moment in a recent interview with Dave Holden, guitarist of the Irish band I Draw Slow, when he notes that in America their music is described as Irish, and in Ireland, it's American. The problem might simply be in knowing too much; the band may be from Ireland, but this is American music, drawing from the folk traditions of Appalachia.
The lilting, string-soaked "Fall Out of the Sky" by San Francisco-based singer and songwriter Frances England has a flash of insight to share: we may all feel like we're falling sometimes, but we're all falling together.
The old devil is at it again. For a simple farm-to-stage musician, William Elliott Whitmore can make a helluva lot of noise.