The Civil Wars

Is Ivanka Listening To Music? Do We Even Care?

By Alyson Camus | November 11, 2020

she had a punk phase in the ‘90s

The Many Versions Of ‘Between the Bars’ By Elliott Smith

By Alyson Camus | October 21, 2020

probably Elliott Smith’s most well-known song

Country Music History – Essential Releases of 2014, Part II

By Steve Crawford | August 2, 2017

a dire song of romantic rejection

Joy Williams Of the Civil Wars Releases Song, Readies May Concert

By Iman Lababedi | April 30, 2015

“Woman (Oh Mama)”, Joy’s first song off her summer release is a soaring to heights proto-feminist melodic dirge with an African background of chants like Ladysmith Black Mambazo. It is a strange amalgam of sound; not just unlike early Civil Wars, unlike the latterday Civil Wars who were throwing up Portishead (not to mention Michael Jackson) cover versions.

rock nyc Top 22 Songs (In Order And Spotified) Through July 31st, 2014

By Iman Lababedi | August 2, 2014

This best songs is in order of preference, this is where I stand song wise and most of these are singles as well, though I don’t think the top two will change much in the next five months, If you Have spotify, give it a listen.

Steve Crawford's Top 25 Songs Through May 31st, 2014

By Steve Crawford | June 1, 2014

This list heavy on alt-country No Depression Americana, but that’s just the way I roll these days. The #1 slot is by the band with the best album of the year so far (and the #3 slot comes from the second best album of the year). I have no idea if Parker Millsap is being sincere or ironic on “Truck Stop Gospel,” but in either case, he’s made me a believer. In Parker Millsap.

10 Songs, Monday, May 26th, 2014

By Iman Lababedi | May 26, 2014

ATLiens – Outkast – The title track of their first album and it still sounds other worldly. Nearly 20 years ago and it is the template for Atlanta rap and neo soul, with two great rappers and a doomy bass. Really like another planet – A

10 Songs, Friday, May 23rd, 2014

By Iman Lababedi | May 23, 2014

Ain’t Nothing Going On But The Rent – Gwen Guthrie – The Queen of the Paradise Garage’s finest moment spelled out exactly what she expected from the man in the her life with a spare funky bottom and an all rhythm disco. They sure don’t make em life this any more – A

rock nyc's Top 10 Songs Through February 28th, 2014

By Iman Lababedi | March 1, 2014

I decided to get smart and leave “Best Songs Of 2014” as an essentially list of faves by release date and add another list of just clear up the top ten, maybe top 20 by the end of the year songs in order of preference. Welcome to yet another list!

The Civil Wars "Between The Bars" EP Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | February 14, 2014

MJ and the Romantics are arrangement chuckles, digging into the songs, the paranoia of “Billie Jean” and the intense “Talking In Your sleep”, “Between The Bars” revisits their indie roots with a very credible Elliott Smith take and best of all “Sour Times”, gone is the heavy throb and dub.

rock nyc Top 10 Songs Week Of February 10th, 2014

By Iman Lababedi | February 14, 2014

The Eric Pasley took me by surprise but hey, it is better than reading nitwits compare Eric Church to Springsteen. Not that it matters, the week belongs to daley and the Civil Wars with a cool new miranda lambert cut the cherry on top.

10 Songs: Friday, February 14th, 2014

By Iman Lababedi | February 14, 2014

Cities – Talking Heads – Despite the botched geography (ancient Egypt folks), it remains a wondrous beat as Bryne catalogs the world as a series of strange observations, “I got it figured out…” he claims but does he? Deranged and brittle bouncy – A+

10 Songs: Wednesday, February 13th, 2014

By Iman Lababedi | February 13, 2014

Sour Times – The Civil Wars – Are we sure these guys weren’t married? I really think they may have been. This outtake from the dear departed last album has something of the Kills about it but more acoustic. Fabulous, of course – A

Be Here Now: New Album Releases Snapshot Review 12-3-13

By Iman Lababedi | December 3, 2013

Four songs and not bad at all the guitar solo on the title track is a thing of deep beauty and the song keeps shifting gear from deep pop to sideslip jazz and back But the highlight is Marshall’s cover of Bobby Fuller’s “Never To Be Forgotten” two tracks later. On Spotify, so I guess even the great can’t fight technology – A-