In “Overcome with Light,” Bowerbirds’ Phil Moore and Beth Tacular sing, “Yes, we had some hard work, but now it’s right.” Their lush third LP, The Clearing, is about unexpected challenges: Tacular’s near-death experience; the ending and rekindling of the couple’s relationship; building a home by hand. And despite all of that, they pulled through with their best work yet: clear, full instrumentation and a celebration of new beginnings.
By Kevin Whitehead on 11.24.10 in Icons
No jazz musician inspires flattering imitators and devoted listeners like saxophonist John Coltrane. One reason is because there's a Coltrane for every taste: the yearning balladeer; the hard bop jackrabbit, scaling intr...
By John Morthland on 07.25.14 in Features
The Music Maker Relief Foundation has worked with 300-plus Southern roots musicians to give their music a new life.
By Hazel Cills on 05.22.14 in Features
Members of Megafaun and Mountain Man make an unexpected dance-pop record.
By Ryan Reed on 02.18.14 in Reviews
On Lost in the Trees' stunning breakout album, 2012's A Church That Fits Our Needs, Ari Picker grappled with his mother's suicide, singing in a melodramatic tenor boosted by lush, swooning strings and brass. With Past Li...