The Best Tracks of 2018, #9

9. Kacey Musgraves, “High Horse” As good as Kacey Musgraves’ country music is – and she’s the best contemporary country artist today – she is always better when she’s sticking it to the perpetually rigid mainstream country scene. Whether singing about tolerance, doing cute weed-inspired duets with Willie Nelson, or simply being a strong woman […]

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The Best Singles of 2013, #19

Kacey Musgraves, “Follow Your Arrow” A big reason for my genuine dislike of mainstream, Wal-Mart-pandering country music is the spineless way it always toes the line. And if you ever dare work against the system, whether stepping outside the establishment’s methods of making records (Shania Twain) or expressing left-wing political views (Dixie Chicks), you’ve got […]

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Honourable Mentions of 2013

The best of the rest, in alphabetical order: Altar Of Plagues, Teethed Glory and Injury: Nobody had any idea this would be the final album by the genre-bending Irish band, but what a note to go out on, as they took their black metal/post-metal influences and turned that sound on its ear with a surreal, […]

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