I’m With Her – See You Around: Hey, it’s a better band name than “Make Americana Great Again”.

Artist: I’m With Her
Album: See You Around
Year: 2018
Grade: B-

In Brief: A smart but subdued folk/bluegrass record from an all-female trio that at times appears to be holding back the full power of their vocal harmonies and songwriting skills. This took a while for me to fully get into, but I can now say that I’m with I’m With Her.

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Chatham County Line live at The Mint

Saw Chatham County Line at The Mint last night. I’d never even listened to any of the band’s work up until a few weeks ago when a friend recommended I check them out. Their new album has been slowly growing on me. This same friend’s wife didn’t want to go to the concert with him, and my wife’s out of town, and I figured I should get out and be social, so we went together.

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Nickel Creek live at the Wiltern Theater: Hallelujah, the 21st of May!

The last two times I saw Nickel Creek were at the exact same venue where I was fortunate enough to see them perform earlier this week, on the final evening of their reunion tour. I realized just as I was typing that sentence that I’m incredibly spoiled.

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Nickel Creek – A Dotted Line: It’s one of those endings where no one claps, ’cause they’re sure that there’s more.

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Artist: Nickel Creek
Album: A Dotted Line
Year: 2014
Grade: B+

In Brief: Nickel Creek is back after a 7-year hiatus with a new album which covers a lot of ground in only 10 tracks, re-establishing them as an instrumental, vocal, and lyrical force to be reckoned with.

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The Good Mad – Strangeworthy: Why Should the Liars Die?

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Artist: The Good Mad
Album: Strangeworthy EP
Year: 2013
Grade: B+

In Brief: Imagine Nickel Creek with slightly more of a pop/rock bent, and you get this young and eager band, who delivers much better results on this EP than you might expect from a side project by an actress who used to be in a tennybopper girl group.

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Punch Brothers – Who’s Feeling Young Now?: They try to tell us, and at times we try to listen.

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Artist: Punch Brothers
Album: Who’s Feeling Young Now?
Year: 2012
Grade: B+

In Brief: Thile is a frickin’ prodigy, and his bandmates are similarly high-caliber. This album is great art, and it’s actually fun to listen to as well.

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