Gateway acts is a new ongoing series on Backbeat in which we examine the music that served as an entry point for our burgeoning musical obsessions, a gateway drug that tuned us in and turned us on. Today, Josiah Hesse gives up the goods on his Beck jones. There is no way to listen to the music of ... More >>
JOLIE HOLLAND @ WALNUT ROOM | 5.26.12 After the applause died down following her final song last night, Jolie Holland offered to pay someone in the crowd for gas if they could drive her to her next gig in Colorado Springs. It's a shame that she was forced to ask, and also rather bittersweet for fan ... More >>
SLEIGH BELLS @ OGDEN THEATRE | 4.13.12 Ever heard of the loudness wars? Doesn't matter. War's over. Sleigh Bells wins. Decisively. Right now, there's a roomful of people banging their heads in unison, in the kind of scene that makes dollar signs appear in the eyes of chiropractors. It's so loud you ... More >>
From the week of September 21, 2006
Jason Ringenberg embraces his title as alt country's architect.
Blue Country Heart (Columbia)
Virginia-bred guitarist John Jackson explores the sunny side of Southern music.
Paula Frazer artfully crosses the country divide with Tarnation. As a solo artist, she sticks more to the shadows.
Part one of a pre-millennial salute to the music that made America sing.
On two new reissues, a pair of C&W legends refuse to paint by the numbers.
Outstanding in His Field The recordings of Alan Lomax dig up the roots of American music.
Three new reissues serve as reminders of how good country music can be.
In a cynical world, Iris DeMent struggles to maintain her virtue.
Getting on a new track with Railroad Jerk.
A Merle Haggard boxed set serves as a welcome reminder that country music can be dangerous.