The Top 10 Artists We’re Excited To See At Newport Folk Festival

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Over the last few years, Newport Folk Festival has established itself as the preeminent Americana fest, providing a top-notch lineup that combine young troubadours, alt-country bands, rock groups, and veteran singer-songwriters each July at Fort Adams State Park. This year’s lineup is no different, and American Songwriter will be covering the festival in full later […]

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The 5 Best Moments From Forecastle Festival

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(Photos: Jill Sanders) The last time American Songwriter made a trip to Louisville’s Waterfront Park, it was to catch one of Mumford & Sons’ “Gentlemen of the Road” shows in 2012. Two years later, we left our humidity-soaked Nashville headquarters and headed north once again, trailing exhaust fumes all the way from middle Tennessee to […]

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Jenny Lewis: The Voyager

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Jenny Lewis The Voyager (Warner Bros.) 4 out of 5 stars At 28 years old, Rilo Kiley frontwoman Jenny Lewis laid a bucket full of twenty-something angst on the table in a song called “Portions For Foxes.” Loneliness, poor decisions, self-loathing – it was all there, culminating in a catchy refrain of “Baby, I’m bad […]

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Download “The Nashville Issue” Featuring Conor Oberst

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In the cover story to our first-ever Nashville-themed issue, we talk with Conor Oberst of Bright Eyes about his stellar new solo album Upside Down Mountain, which reflects his newly settled domestic life after years of relentless touring and a prodigious output of poetry-infused lyrics. We also bring you an insider’s look at Nashville’s thriving […]

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Don’t Look Back: A Q&A With Jenny Lewis

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It’s been six years since her last solo record, but prolific singer/songwriter Jenny Lewis is back this July with The Voyager, an album produced by Ryan Adams and quite possibly her most personal work to date. Lewis, who parlayed her success as a member of Rilo Kiley into a solo career, wrote The Voyager on […]

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Governors Ball 2014 in Photos: Vampire Weekend, Jack White, Jenny Lewis And More

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Inside Governors Ball: NYC’s Answer to the Modern Music Festival

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Governors Ball, New York City’s answer to the modern music festival, was this past weekend and by and large it did not disappoint. After a washout (and mud-out) last year, 2014’s iteration was met with bright sunshine, record high turnout, and more live acts than any sane human being can handle. Without further adieu, here […]

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Jenny Lewis To Release The Voyager In July

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Jenny Lewis, former lead singer for Rilo Kiley, will release her third solo album The Voyager on July 29. This is Lewis’ first solo album in six years and her most personal, detailing the loss of her father as well as the breakup of her former band. “Making The Voyager got me through one of […]

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Jenny Lewis Contemplates Motherhood On “Just One of the Guys”

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Former Rilo Kiley frontwoman Jenny Lewis debuted “Just One Of the Guys,” the first single from her new solo album The Voyager, this morning on NPR’s All Things Considered. Throughout the song, Lewis’ lyrics playfully take on the serious pangs of womanhood and gender policing with a bubbly melody and accompanying vocals by Beck, who […]

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Jonathan Rice

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Good Graces is the latest release from Scottish-American singer-songwriter Jonathan Rice, and it’s his first solo project in quite a while. Since releasing his second album in 2007, Rice has focused on collaborative work – with Jenny Lewis (the pair became Jenny & Johnny), Elvis Costello, and Death Cab For Cutie’s Ben Gibbard. He chats with American […]

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Bridge School Benefit To Stream On YouTube Saturday

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The 27th annual Bridge School Benefit Concert, featuring artists like Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Arcade Fire, Elvis Costello, and fun., will be held October 26 and 27 at the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, CA. YouTube will stream the first day of the show on Saturday, October 26. Review: The Bridge School Concerts 25th […]

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CSNY To Headline Bridge School Benefit

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The 27th annual Bridge School all-acoustic benefit show recently announced this year’s lineup, headlined by Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young.  The event, organized by Neil Young, is at Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, CA. on Saturday, Oct. 26 at 5 pm., and again on Sunday at 2 pm.  The lineup also includes Queens of the […]

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