Amanda Petrusich

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Splashdown! The Breeders’ Cannonball-Like Re-Entry

In 1990, Kim Deal, bassist for the Pixies, and Tanya Donelly, singer-guitarist in Throwing Muses, ganged up for a new project with Deal as frontwoman…
Amanda Petrusich / May 15, 2013

Willis Earl Beal, ‘Acousmatic Sorcery’ (XL Recordings)

The Willis Earl Beal myth — a former soldier, briefly homeless, who now lives on the South Side of Chicago with his grandmother and staples…
Amanda Petrusich / April 17, 2012

Meet the New Stars of Americana

Call it chillbilly, bootgaze, artisanal rock, outhouse, tin can alley, or hobohemian. But dismiss it at your own peril. The homegrown retro scene is here.
Amanda Petrusich / May 16, 2011

Fleet Foxes, ‘Helplessness Blues’

"So now I am older," Robin Pecknold states in the opening moments of Helplessness Blues, Fleet Foxes' high and winsome second album. But there's no…
Amanda Petrusich / May 3, 2011

Review: PJ Harvey, ‘Let England Shake’

PJ Harvey is beloved for a cornucopia of reasons — her ferocity, her frankness, that wild, slicing yelp — but looseness has never been one of…
Amanda Petrusich / February 15, 2011

Artist of the Year: The Black Keys

With their distinctive blooze racket and breakout year, you'd think it'd be hard to confuse Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney with will.i.am and apl.de.ap. But…
Amanda Petrusich / December 14, 2010

Duffy, ‘Endlessly’ (Mercury)

For folks predisposed to sniffing out corporate trickery, Duffy's 2008 debut, Rockferry, was suspect from the start. Materializing after Amy Winehouse's very public collapse, Duffy's…
Amanda Petrusich / December 7, 2010

Roky Erickson With Okkervil River, ‘True Love Cast Out All Evil’ (Anti-)

As cofounder of the 13th Floor Elevators, the squirmy outfit that helped define American psych-rock, Roky Erickson has lived a life that sounds like an…
Amanda Petrusich / April 12, 2010

The Unthanks, ‘Here’s the Tender Coming’ (EMI)

British songstresses Becky and Rachel Unthank harmonize in that way only siblings can -- effortlessly, and with eerie accord. Despite personnel changes, Here's the Tender…
Amanda Petrusich / March 22, 2010

The Tallest Man on Earth, ‘The Wild Hunt’ (Dead Oceans)

For folk singers, having a peculiar, gravelly voice and toting around an acoustic guitar can feel like an albatross: Few folks fare well in comparison…
Amanda Petrusich / March 21, 2010

Holly Golightly and the Brokeoffs, Medicine County (Transdreamer-)

British songstress Holly Golightly isn't bashful about her retro fetish (as if her nom de plume didn't give it all away), and for the past…
Amanda Petrusich / March 21, 2010

Laura Marling, ‘I Speak Because I Can’ (Astralwerks)

Laura Marling is just 20 years old, but unlike another singing 20-year-old (say, one with blonde ringlets, a sparkly acoustic guitar, and several Grammys), Marling…
Amanda Petrusich / March 9, 2010

Heartless Bastards, ‘The Mountain’ (Fat Possum)

Erika Wennerstrom has a voice -- deep, throaty, loose -- that could make even the most uninhibited vocalist feel uptight and contained by comparison: Each…
Amanda Petrusich / January 20, 2009

Voice of the Year: Fleet Foxes’ Robin Pecknold

In 2008, indie rock discovered a brand-new mecca: the woods. Skinny ties and neon art-rock ensembles were supplanted by wool hats and Twin Peaks plaid,…
Amanda Petrusich / December 24, 2008

Various Artists, ‘Awake, My Soul OST/ Help Me to Sing’ (Awake Productions)

Awake, My Soul is the firstdocumentary film to explore the centuries-old tradition of shape note (or Sacred Harp) singing, a stunning, four-note gospel practice rooted…
Amanda Petrusich / November 7, 2008

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