Nickel Creek

Why Should the Fire Die?

August 9, 2005

Contemporary Country

Few aspiring bluegrass artists have tackled the genre as unpredictably as Nickel Creek. Why Should the Fire Die? is an intimate and blazingly progressive album that warrants more than a passing glance from country and bluegrass purists, and the full support of the indie rock/folk/pop community.

- James Monger

Tim Lee

Under the House

February 25, 2003

Alternative Pop/Rock

After the breakup of the Windbreakers, Tim Lee seemed to relish the opportunity to cut back on the jangly guitars and allow the moody storyteller inside him to take hold. Lee rarely did that better than on 2003's Under the House; there's a stark country undertow to the melodies and his songs of busted lives and wrong turns. It's one of the great lost alt-country albums of the 2000s.

- Mark Deming