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Joy Williams: Out of the Blue and Into Venus

Feature interview by Jason Gonulsen “It was intentional on my part,” Joy Williams tells me via phone from Venice Beach, California, where she now lives part-time with her husband (and manager), Nate Yetton, and son, Miles. “I felt like it was important to start where I left off, and I’m glad that I did.” Williams … Read more

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The 150 Best Songs of 2013

Well, another trip around the sun. And here we are. Again, we haven’t listened to every release. We haven’t listened to every genre. And we know many of you are probably tired of lists. But, like we mentioned last year, this is all about discovery. And again like last year, with discovery being the reason … Read more

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The 20 Best Sad Bastard Songs of 2013

Whatever happened to the dude on Nathaniel Rateliffe’s cover for Falling Faster Than You Can Run, well, we predict many sad bastard nights in his future. Folks, you know the image above well, and it can’t be good. She gone. However, there is hope for him to recover! (Sad drum roll…) Like we did last … Read more

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Album Review | The Civil Wars – The Civil Wars

Joy Williams recently told the Associated Press, “If you want to know what happened to the band, listen to the album.” The album is The Civil Wars, the sophomore self-titled release by Williams and John Paul White, a duo, who, as you might have read, are not currently on speaking terms. The language used by … Read more

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Jam of the Day | The Civil Wars – Dust To Dust

Photo by Allister Ann Let me in the walls you’ve built around We can light a match and burn them down NPR called it an “ode to the end,” but I’m not so sure about that. I like to think of it as a new beginning, one that happens in the moments after you realize … Read more

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Jam of the Day | The Civil Wars – The One That Got Away

I miss the way you wanted me Be careful what you wish for in love. The same sentiment applies to music. “The One That Got Away,” The Civil Wars’ new single from their upcoming sophomore self-titled album (due August 6th), is bittersweet because it builds beautifully, and Joy Williams’ voice has never sounded better. But … Read more

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Interview | Milo Greene: “It’s an amazing feeling in thirty minutes to win over a bunch of people who had never heard of you before.”

Tonight, Milo Greene makes their St. Louis debut at The Firebird in support of their self-titled debut album. Tickets are only $10, and you can purchase those here. If you like harmony that’s heavenly, the time is now to catch this band while they’re still playing intimate venues. Let’s have a listen to “1957.” We … Read more

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Concert Review | The Civil Wars at The Pageant in Saint Louis

Joy Williams and John Paul White at The Pageant | Photo by Louis Kwok “How about a happy song?” John Paul White asked the sold-out Pageant audience before launching into “I’ve Got This Friend,” a stellar track off Barton Hollow. “We have one of those.” And although most of the songs played last night at … Read more

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Matthew Mayfield (The Interview)

Every year, it happens. And every year, I’m still surprised. An artist like Matthew Mayfield will come out of seemingly nowhere and enrich my life, plunging me into a world where I only listen to his songs for a few days or weeks. I always think there will be a final time where I’ll feel … Read more

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Contest | Win Tickets to The Civil Wars at The Old Rock House

Saturday, April 23rd marks The Civil Wars’ first appearance at The Old Rock House, and guess what? Yup, it’s sold out. Well, we can’t say we’re surprised, as the buzz has been steady around Joy Williams and John Paul White for quite awhile now (check out our interview with them here). Obviously, we’re pumped for … Read more

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The Civil Wars (The Interview)

I don’t love you, but I always will. It’s the lyric that Joy Williams and John Paul White of The Civil Wars will never escape. The stabbing lyric at the heart of their breakthrough song, “Poison and Wine.” The one moment where truth bites beautifully and leaves an immediate scar. It’s the lyric that you … Read more

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Our Most Anticipated Albums of 2011 (Quarter 1)

Welp, it’s 2011. And today, we’re proud to say, we’re celebrating our first birthday. It’s been a very fun year for us at Speakers in Code, but we’re extremely excited about what’s in store – musically, especially – for 2011. Here are the 25 upcoming albums we’re, like, totally psyched about, coming your way in … Read more

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Jam of the Day | The Civil Wars – Barton Hollow

What happens when a “chance meeting” brings together a California gal (Joy Williams) and an Alabama guy (John Paul White)? Well, last Friday, let’s just say it took me all of three minutes and forty one seconds to decide that I have a new favorite duo: Williams and White of The Civil Wars. One listen … Read more