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Album Review: Ani DiFranco, 'Allergic to Water'


After a potentially career-crippling controversy earlier this year, Ani DiFranco has bounced back with an album of wistful, groove-based songs that suggest significant personal and artistic changes in her life. Allergic to Water is a quiet meditation that flirts playfully and soulfully with New Orleans-style blues and jazz, and stands as one of the singer-songwriter’s strongest and most introspective releases to date.


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Album Review: Pieta Brown, 'Paradise Outlaw'


The hushed music on singer-songwriter Pieta Brown’s sixth album, Paradise Outlaw, couldn’t be more different from her previous release, 2011’s Mercury, which she banged out live in a Nashville studio in just three days. That record pit Brown’s gossamer voice and poetic lyrics against a gritty backdrop of standup bass, drums played with brushes, crisp acoustic guitars, and the kind of shimmering tremolo that spawned a hundred Sun hits.


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Hurray for the Riff Raff Launches Anti-Violence Indiegogo Campaign


Hurray For the Riff Raff is hoping to light a spark for “The Body Electric,” a new song at the center of a fundraising drive to raise awareness for organizations dedicated to curbing violent crime and advocating for marginalized communities.


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Neil Young Records Three Versions of Latest Song


Neil Young is no stranger to releasing multiple versions of the same song.


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Kinks Talk Reunion Tour


The Kinks might be on the “komeback.”


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LIVE REVIEW: Suzanne Vega performs an expansive but intimate set in Ithaca, New York


At its core, Vega’s style is intimate, and the small theater atmosphere in Ithaca was ideal for it.


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Thompson Clan Comes Together for 'Family'


When it comes to keeping it in the family, Teddy Thompson’s hard to beat.


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AG Contributors Release New Albums, Kickstarter Campaign


It’s been an embarrassment of musical riches for Acoustic Guitar recently, as three different AG contributors have recorded three very different acoustic-based album projects.


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John Denver Box Set Due Out in November


John Denver fans are in for the rocky mountain high of their lifetime—at least they will be when a new 90-song, 4-CD tribute box set hits the shelves this fall.


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Michigan Kids to Read About Acoustic Clucker


From a young age, Michigan children are taught a deep appreciation for the acoustic guitar—and the barnyard animals who play them.


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Robbie Basho's 'Art of the Acoustic' Album Set for Long-Awaited Reissue


Robbie Basho is primed for a long-awaited comeback, as the late acoustic guitarist’s album, Art of the Acoustic Steel String Guitar 6 & 12, is slated for a reissue, 35 years after its release.


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Album Review: 'Prospect Hill' by Dom Flemons


In the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Dom Flemons served as dynamic on-stage storyteller and chief ethnomusicologist for the old-time black string band he cofounded in 2005. When Flemons announced he’d be leaving the group last year, his decision somehow made sense.


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Joan Baez to Receive ASCAP Centennial Award


Folk music icon Joan Baez will be among the select few honored with an ASCAP Centennial Award this fall, when the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers pays tribute to the “incomparable accomplishments” of five artists who cross a broad spectrum of music genres.


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LISTEN: Acoustic Guitar's October Issue Playlist


A selection of music from the artists written about in Acoustic Guitar's October issue. 


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'Basement Tapes Complete' Shall Be Released This November


You might say Bob Dylan is clearing out his basement. At least that’s one way to look at the November release of The Basement Tapes Complete, featuring 138 tracks from Dylan and the Band’s legendary sessions that took place in upstate New York in 1967 while the singer was recovering from a motorcycle accident.


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Hardly Strictly Unveils 2014 Lineup


Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival organizers have been hardly strictly forthcoming about the lineup for the October 3 to 5 event in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. But as acts have slowly been teased on the festival website—via a name-that-tune guessing game—the lineup is starting to solidify.


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EXCLUSIVE SONG PREMIERE: Cahalen Morrison & Country Hammer Debut 'The Delta Divine'


Cahalen Morrison & Country Hammer debut their song "The Delta Divine" off their forthcoming album The Flower of Muscle Shoals


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Actor Michael Cera Releases Low-Key Acoustic Album


If any Hollywood actor was going to release a minimalist folk album that could be described as quirky, awkward, and strangely likable, it’d be Michael Cera. Which is why the positive press thus far for the Superbad star’s True That is both surprising, and not-so surprising.


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Neil Young Launches Crowdfunding Campaign for PonoMusic Investors


Anybody wanna go into business with Neil Young?


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Bob Weir Cancels RatDog Shows Through 2014


Bob Weir has canceled all upcoming tour dates for his band RatDog, citing unspecific “circumstances” for the sudden move in an announcement made Sunday on the band’s Facebook page.


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Johnny Depp Sits in on 'Basement Tapes' Session


Johnny Depp famously channeled Keith Richards in the Pirates of the Caribbean movies—but can he also do Bob Dylan?


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From the Home Office: Vintage Guitars, a Punk Icon, and a New Editor


When punk icon John Doe, a pioneer of what’s known today as alt-country and indie-folk, came into Acoustic Guitar's studio for a taping of our video series AG Sessions, we hit him with a little surprise.


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Vaselines Debut Acoustic Version of 'One Lost Year'


In anticipation of their upcoming new album, the Vaselines this week released an acoustic performance of the first single from V for Vaselines the Scotland-based band’s third studio LP, and its second release since reforming five years ago.


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Prison Guitar Ban Lifted by British Officials


Clang, clang go the Jail Guitar Doors once again—as British penal authorities are reversing an earlier decision to ban steel-string acoustic guitars in prison cells.


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Manny Roth, Founder of Folk Music Venue Cafe Wha?, Dead at 95


Manny Roth, the longtime owner of a New York City cafe that helped launch the careers of some of the biggest names in folk music, died earlier this week. He was 95.


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