Archive for the ‘Music’ Category

Live Review: Reptar & Hello Ocho @ Star Bar – Atlanta, GA – 2/17/11

Live Review: Reptar & Hello Ocho @ Star Bar – Atlanta, GA – 2/17/11

I am not sure what I expect every time I attend a show in the indie scene because the crowd never changes. Kids running around with fake IDs in their pockets while relishing their parents’ absence, local scenesters ten years their senior taking advantage of a free show, and a few well-dressed guys that heard […]

Album Review: Over the Rhine – “The Long Surrender” – (Great Speckled Dog)

Album Review: Over the Rhine – “The Long Surrender” – (Great Speckled Dog)

Karin Bergquist (half of the husband/wife duo at the core of Over the Rhine since 1991) could sing a grocery list and make it compelling, so just imagine her smoldering vocals and unique phrasing on such lines as “I sing the bebop apocalypse/Lean into you, God’s hands on my hips/Grip the midnight microphone/Steel every cell […]

Album Review: Amos Lee – “Mission Bell” — (Blue Note)

Album Review: Amos Lee – “Mission Bell” — (Blue Note)

Amos Lee is one of those rare artists possessing both a soulful and a gifted voice. Nothing against Lucinda Williams and Willie Nelson (two of our very favorites), but when engaged in duets with Lee (which they are on Mission Bell) their vocals pale in comparison — he’s just that good. Lee sets the tone […]

Album Review: Kill County – “The Year of Getting By”

Album Review: Kill County – “The Year of Getting By”

It doesn’t get much more “stripped down” than Kill County, from the sparse arrangements to the creaking chairs and boots scraping on wooden floors in the quiet song intros. The Year of Getting By, the band’s second release, was recorded in two weeks at a friend’s house in Lincoln, Nebraska, and is a minimalist work […]

Album Review: The Essential Highwaymen – (Columbia)

Album Review: The Essential Highwaymen – (Columbia)

Four Big Guns If one were to parse the entire pantheon of country music heroes for a quartet that embodies all that is great and good in country music, it would be hard to imagine a line-up more epic than Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Kris Kristofferson and Willie Nelson. It was with this notion in […]

Giveaway: Signed John Prine CD!

Giveaway: Signed John Prine CD!

UPDATE: Congratulations to Mr. Cannon, the lucky fan who won the signed John Prine CD. Enjoy, Steve! Hey all you Prineites out there (yes, we’re all about inventing music-fan nomenclature) this is it. We’re giving away a copy of John Prine’s latest CD, the live compilation John Prine In Person & On Stage signed by […]

Album Review: Young Circles – “Bones” – (Independent)

Album Review: Young Circles – “Bones” – (Independent)

Young Circles are playing Art Basel in Miami tonight (Dec. 4th). Those of you who are planning to go or are at the festival already must know that I am swallowing a huge amount of jealousy to urge you to see this band at the White Room. I’ll be there in spirit — that crazy […]

Album Review: The Sunshine Factory – “Sugar” – (Independent)

Album Review: The Sunshine Factory – “Sugar” – (Independent)

The Sunshine Factory’s new EP, Sugar, is just the thing I have been looking for. I’ll admit it, I’ve been disenchanted with a good bit of my music lately. Sugar is a much-needed shot in the arm that must be cranked up loud to get the full heady, narcotic effect. Blending 60’s psychedelia with early […]

Album Review: Bastard Lovechild of Rock n’ Roll – “Bim Bom” (Self Released)

Album Review: Bastard Lovechild of Rock n’ Roll – “Bim Bom” (Self Released)

Bastard Lovechild of Rock n’ Roll (BLORR) are the humbuckin’ pickups on an old reliable Telecaster and the bottleneck sliding up and down the fretboard. But they’re also the melancholy chords that take you back to a certain summer in a certain secret garden with a certain someone you lost long ago. Oh, and this […]

Album Review: Way Yes – “Herringbone” – (Independent)

Album Review: Way Yes – “Herringbone” – (Independent)

By Lindsey Austin Herringbone, the debut EP by Way Yes is just waiting for the goofy impromptu dance parties that sometimes happen when long-missed friends reunite for the holidays. Glenn Davis and Travis Hall hail from Columbus, Ohio and refuse to be anything but true to their weirdo selves in their self-released EP. Way Yes […]

Win Two Tickets to See Miranda Lambert in Sin City

Win Two Tickets to See Miranda Lambert in Sin City

Country music superstar Miranda Lambert — who took home trophies at last week’s Country Music Association Awards for Female Vocalist of the Year, Album of the Year and Video of the Year — will be playing The Palms Las Vegas on Dec. 10, and we scored two pairs of tickets! We’re giving away one pair […]

Contest Giveaway: Coal Miner’s Daughter, A Tribute to Loretta Lynn

Contest Giveaway: Coal Miner’s Daughter, A Tribute to Loretta Lynn

CONGRATULATIONS to LC and Raina! We’ll be mailing the CDs to you directly. Everyone else, please tune in for more giveaways! — Love, ATF Coal Miner’s Daughter: A Tribute to Loretta Lynn is a musical celebration of one of the most influential and iconic artists Country music has ever known. The CD is out now, […]

Charlie Louvin: The Battles Rage On

Charlie Louvin: The Battles Rage On

New Album The Battles Rage On — Interview with the Legend Himself — Music Video for “Weapon of Prayer” A member of the Country Music Hall of Fame and the longest living member of the Grand Old Opry, Charlie Louvin is a true legend of country music. His work has influenced The Beatles, Gram Parsons, […]

Album Review: Led to Sea – “Into the Darkening Sky” – (Eleven Records)

Album Review: Led to Sea – “Into the Darkening Sky” – (Eleven Records)

From the opening pizzicato notes of “Dark Like Night,” Seattle-based violist/vocalist L. Alex Guy (Led to Sea is her solo project) guides us to a very organic world full of icy skies, rocky shores, rust, forests, and mountain streams heeding the the ocean’s call. Guy’s vocals are captivating — and she plays a mean glockenspiel. […]