Archive for the ‘Music’ Category

Album Review: Cheyenne Marie Mize – “Before Lately” – (sonaBLAST!)

Album Review: Cheyenne Marie Mize – “Before Lately” – (sonaBLAST!)

By Melissa Haklitch Cheyenne Marie Mize’s debut solo album is anything but amateur. Channeling vocals similar to that of Cat Power’s Chan Marshall and Julie Sokolow, Mize challenges the best women singer/songwriters of the indie/folk scene. While Mize has performed with numerous known musical artists including Arnett Hollow and the Carter Family, Before Lately is […]

Album Review: Silje Nes – “Opticks” – (FatCat)

Album Review: Silje Nes – “Opticks” – (FatCat)

By Brian Lightfoot Silje Nes’ newest release Opticks is a serene and sleepy record that sonically draws images of wintry landscapes and glassy waters. Like other Northern European songwriters, Silje’s pronunciation, lyrical delivery and vocal style come across as innocent, child-like and sometimes even magical. Vocal layering techniques, instruments played at just above whisper level […]

Album Review: Josh Ritter – “So Runs The World Away” (Pytheas)

Album Review: Josh Ritter – “So Runs The World Away” (Pytheas)

By Brian Lightfoot Josh Ritter’s latest release So Runs the World Away is an emotionally rich reflection on life, death, disillusionment and pain. Though it is largely a record centering on the tragedies of broken love and human loss, it is also one of hopefulness and joy in reflection on the overall human experience. On […]

Album Review: Marshall Chapman – “Big Lonesome” (TallGirl Records)

Album Review: Marshall Chapman – “Big Lonesome” (TallGirl Records)

People do not die for us immediately, but remain bathed in a sort of aura of life which bears no relation to true immortality but through which they continue to occupy our thoughts in the same way as when they were alive. It is as though they were traveling abroad. — Marcel Proust Dedicated to […]

Live Review: Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings (La Zona Rosa, Austin, TX 9-24-10

Live Review: Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings (La Zona Rosa, Austin, TX 9-24-10

By Luke Winkie (photos by Annie Fichtner) Sharon Jones might be the hardest working woman in showbiz, until you see the party-dressed, 50+ singer prowl back and forth across the front of the stage making eye contact with everyone she could see. With the well-dressed Dap-Kings blasting out some of the pulpiest notes in soul, […]

Concert Review: Band of Horses – Greek Theater, LA, 9-25-10

Concert Review: Band of Horses – Greek Theater, LA, 9-25-10

It’s been a year since the last Band of Horses show I attended. Here’s what changed: 1. I was standing in the pit at the Greek Theatre in Hollywood as opposed to standing room only against the back wall of the balcony section in a jenky theatre. 2. I had a guest pass and a […]

The Ponderosa Stomp and America’s Musical Legacy

The Ponderosa Stomp and America’s Musical Legacy

STOMPIN’ THROUGH HISTORY: The Ponderosa Stomp and America’s Musical Legacy Day One Some festivals are driven by the tastes of fans, other by the designs of the music industry. New Orleans’ Ponderosa Stomp is unique in being driven by the history of American popular music itself. The Stomp is a festival with a mission: to […]

Album Review: The Moaners – “Nocturnal” – (Holidays for Quince Records)

Album Review: The Moaners – “Nocturnal” – (Holidays for Quince Records)

By Melissa Haklitch Embodying their Southern geography, The Moaners’ third release Nocturnal captures the loveliness that is bluegrass, while adding a certain element of garage rock and whimsy. Nocturnal ranges across the spectrum of many genres within its ten tracks. Having been previously compared to The White Stripes, The Moaners maintain their two-person ensemble of […]

Live Review: Morgan Taylor’s Gustafer Yellowgold – Eddie’s Attic, Atlanta, GA, 9-26-10

Live Review: Morgan Taylor’s Gustafer Yellowgold – Eddie’s Attic, Atlanta, GA, 9-26-10

Within the intimate confines of Eddie’s Attic, a packed crowd of pre-teens and their parents sat mesmerized. The object of their fascination? A man on stage strumming an acoustic guitar, standing next to a large, white-light-rimmed screen splashed with the colorfully animated main attraction, known as Gustafer Yellowgold. This is alt-rock for the K-4 set, […]

Album Review: Trevor Alguire – “Now Before Us” – (Trevor Alguire/SOCAN)

Album Review: Trevor Alguire – “Now Before Us” – (Trevor Alguire/SOCAN)

The former frontman for Mercury Pickup, Alguire has a vocal style that’s relaxed yet dominant, akin to Greg Keelor and Declan McGarry. Now Before Us, his third solo album, is a stripped-down, squeaky clean production with some very enjoyable moments; unfortunately, those moments are too few and far between. Algure has beginnings down pat (many […]

Album Review: “From The Land of Ice And Snow: The Songs of Led Zeppelin” (Jealous Butcher)

Album Review: “From The Land of Ice And Snow: The Songs of Led Zeppelin” (Jealous Butcher)

By Melissa Haklitch Having grown up in a house where Led Zeppelin set the standard for what is Music (with a capital M), I was excited to see Jealous Butcher Records is releasing a compilation covers album with some of the band’s greatest hits. Normally, I have some trepidation about modern bands trying to reproduce […]

Album Review: Kingsley Flood – “Dust Windows” – (Kingsley Flood)

Album Review: Kingsley Flood – “Dust Windows” – (Kingsley Flood)

By Krystal Dawn Muhlbach When I was sixteen my best friend and I got aboard a train that darts from our mundane little city to the bigger, more thrilling city of Los Angeles. Broke, underage, and with a borderline lethal sense of adventure, we got on that train without a penny in our pocket or […]

Album Review: Dr. Dog – Shame, Shame – (Anti-)

Album Review: Dr. Dog – Shame, Shame – (Anti-)

Dr. Dog is as delightful as a real dog. Shame, Shame, released earlier this year, has already gotten a lot of buzz, as it should because it’s great. At first listen, it feels like you’re at a dark bar with wooden floors (do any bars have carpeted floors?) in off-the-beaten-path Arizona that you just went […]

Album Review: Dylan LeBlanc – Paupers Field – (Rough Trade)

Album Review: Dylan LeBlanc – Paupers Field – (Rough Trade)

What were you doing when you were twenty? I was slogging through what would become a very average college career, partying and drinking copious amounts of beer, and maybe that’s why I’m a lowly hack music writer. But enough about me. Soulful, sparse, haunting, polished and mature are all fitting adjectives to describe twenty-year-old Dylan […]