Tamara Lindeman’s work as The Weather Station is finally getting the critical acclaim it deserves. In “Ignorance”, and following what she started with the already superb self-titled album, the Canadian singer-songwriter goes way beyond her folkish roots and employs a constellation of musicians to dress up her stellar songs in lush instrumentation. We’ll be very surprised if this ends up outside our top three albums of the year.
Welcome to the fifth season of Bolachas Now Playing. We’re back with a packed double playlist. We tried hard to limit it to 30 songs. Our pick from the first Friday of releases of 2019 is Angelo De Augustine’s new record Tomb, the closest thing to a Sufjan Stevens new album you’ll get this year (nah, we hope not). Plus: new songs by Nicholas Krgovich (actually by Ariana Grande, but his version is too good to not be featured), Sharon Van Etten, Hand Habits, Stella Donnelly, Adia Victoria, The Avett Brothers, Steve Earle, The Delines, Lana Del Rey, Michael Chapman, William Tyler, J. Mamana, Beirut, Juan Wauters, Sarah Louise, Jards Macalé, Nick Waterhouse, Kid Dakota, The Growlers, Half Japanese, Girlpool, Kim Lenz, Bill MacKay, Steve Gunn, Scott Hirsch, Leah Senior, Kaia Kater, and Tiny Ruins.
American Autumn is the collection of concerts I would love to book in a small café I would love to own. Café & Pop Torgal in Ourense, Galicia, Spain, is truly an inspiration for any independent promoter who books shows at a small venue in a small town. If you’re ever around the northwest of the Iberian Peninsula, be sure to check out the place! This fall they’ve got concerts by Vetiver, Juan Wauters, Lady Lamb, Steve Wynn and Denison Witmer – and the festival has already expanded to Madrid, where bigger acts like Low or Alela Diane will also play shows under the American Autumn umbrella. Sometimes I wish I lived in Spain!