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Returning With 'Cycles,' Rachel Baiman Works Through the Stories of Women
Cover StoryNov 18, 2020

To hear Mipso perform, it’s hard to believe that Libby Rodenbough, Joseph Terell, Jacob Sharp, and Wood Robinson didn’t originally get together with the intention of digging into bluegrass history or starting a band. But as the self-described “indie kids” played around with vocal harmonies and playful strings as students at UNC Chapel Hill, the…

Returning With 'Cycles,' Rachel Baiman Works Through the Stories of Women
Cover StoryOct 28, 2020

Kate Stables, principal of alternative roots outfit This Is the Kit, didn't intend to write a pandemic album to follow her acclaimed 2017 debut, Moonshine Freeze. In fact, she wrote the entirety of Off Off On well before the term "COVID-19" entered our collective consciousness. In the way that great art often can, though, the…

Returning With 'Cycles,' Rachel Baiman Works Through the Stories of Women
Cover StorySep 4, 2020

“Welcome to Hard Times,” the opening and title track from country crooner Charley Crockett’s eighth album is Crockett at his finest. He is pensive and pitch perfect, relevant and retro. “The dice are loaded, and everything’s fixed,” he sings. “Even a hobo would tell you this.” It’s hard to tell if the 36-year-old Crockett is…

Returning With 'Cycles,' Rachel Baiman Works Through the Stories of Women
Cover StoryJul 24, 2020

As she releases an emotional and illuminating new album, Old Flowers, Courtney Marie Andrews finds herself facing the exact scenario in which she began the creative process: solitude. Over the course of months writing the material that would become the 10-song LP, the only alone time she enjoyed was while crafting songs, tinkering with melodies,…

Returning With 'Cycles,' Rachel Baiman Works Through the Stories of Women
Cover StoryJun 17, 2020

It is long known that Black artists in the twentieth century who spoke out against white supremacy often paid for it with their lives. As a Black man and a queer person, Jake Blount is intimately familiar with this history. In the liner notes of his new album Spider Tales, Blount predicts “escalating patterns of…