All articles by Jonathan Frahm

Album | Randy Steele – Moccasin Bender

As it continues to grow, Americana’s sound becomes less clearly defined. Evolving from the alt-country movement of the 80s and 90s, this genre was initially known for its soulful roots sound. For many, it was revolutionary, given its very conscious…

Album | Strange Culprits – Self-Titled

Usually, when a band bills themselves as a mixture of genres, the tighter those individual sonic influences can be interwoven, the better their swipe at innovation comes across. More typically than not, this means a closer-knit collective of, say, two…

Album | Ghostly Beard – Inward

Ghostly Beard exists to make a statement. How can you get any more folk than that? Like Americana duo Newspoke, not much more is known about Ghostly Beard beyond his music and his moniker. Artists that decide to produce their…

Album | Melaku – Golden Age

At the start, it’s easy to pass up on Melaku. It’s at first glance that he just seems like another singer-songwriter whose self-funded, produced, and released his debut EP for all of three people to entertain. Although, this is a…

Premiere | Oliver the Crow – ‘Samson’

Everyone knows and loves Regina Spektor’s ‘Samson’. Or, at the very least, they should. It seems like the singer-songwriter’s gorgeous and plaintive 2006 alt-folk wonder has inspired as many covers as it has television placements. The heartbreaking, sort-of biblical love…