Archive for the ‘Music’ Category

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. […]

Live Review: Lucha VaVOOM – The Mayan Theatre, LA – 10/28/10

Live Review: Lucha VaVOOM – The Mayan Theatre, LA – 10/28/10

“Don’t get hit in the head with a chair” and “Be sure to say your prayers before you go to bed tonight” are the only words of advice I am offered before I venture up the traffic infested 5 freeway to see Lucha VaVOOM at the Mayan Theatre in LA. I don’t quite know what […]

Win 16 Disk Hank Williams Sr. Box Set

Win 16 Disk Hank Williams Sr. Box Set

Quick! Name five Hank Williams hits! If you couldn’t name them, you’re out of the game. Don’t even bother continuing to read. But if you did, do we have a treat for you!! You could win what may be the largest box set of all time: Hank Williams: The Complete Mother’s Best Recordings…Plus! Amaze your […]

Album Review: Sonny & The Sunsets – “Tomorrow Is Alright” – (Fat Possum)

Album Review: Sonny & The Sunsets – “Tomorrow Is Alright” – (Fat Possum)

If Lou Reed had lived in California, worked in a surf shop and smoked weed instead of bopping his crazy ass around NYC shooting heroin, he would have formed Sonny & The Sunsets instead of Velvet Underground. Honestly, we’re glad this did not occur, but you get the idea. Sonny Smith, the frontman of this […]

Ponderosa Stomp, Day Two: More Stompin’ through History

Ponderosa Stomp, Day Two: More Stompin’ through History

STOMPIN’ THROUGH HISTORY: The Ponderosa Stomp and America’s Musical Legacy Day Two As the second night of America’s premier annual roots music festival, The Ponderosa Stomp, kicks off at the House of Blues in New Orleans, I am excited by two things. First is the Stomp’s line-up itself. While Day One focused strongly on Cajun, […]

Album Review: Railroad Earth – “Railroad Earth” – (One Haven)

Album Review: Railroad Earth – “Railroad Earth” – (One Haven)

By Brian Lightfoot Railroad Earth’s self-titled release is a comfortable and confident layering of Southern rock, country and bluegrass. It is an undeniably American record with very naturally performed and recorded songs. Mixtures of sparkly acoustic instruments and twangy-to-growling telecaster tones matched with driving drum beats, semi-bluegrass bits, and some surprisingly funk- and rock-driven rhythms […]

Album Review: Jandek – “Toronto Sunday” – (Corwood)

Album Review: Jandek – “Toronto Sunday” – (Corwood)

By Luke Winkie Ever since Jandek made his ever-so-precarious crawl from utterly unknown, near mythical status to somewhat unknown, somewhat mythical status (on the back of a small handful of previously unheard-of live shows each year since 2005) his presence and insanely-engaging mystery has become somewhat of a commodity. Documentaries have been made, shows have […]

Free CD Giveaway: Robert Plant’s “Band of Joy” – (Rounder)

Free CD Giveaway: Robert Plant’s “Band of Joy” – (Rounder)

CONGRATS TO ADAM S. !! He won the Robert Plant CD! Everyone else can scroll to the end of this review to hear sample tracks from Band of Joy. There is, of course, that unmistakable voice. Call it The Mystical Pipes of Plant. Although slightly deepened with age, Robert Plant’s vocals still have that compelling […]