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Album Review of Tommy Shaw: The Great Divide

Album Review of Tommy Shaw: The Great Divide

I can’t say that I’ve been a huge fan of Styx at any point in my life.  I don’t know much about this legendary band, but I know enough that I was surprised to hear Tommy Shaw, the guitarist, released a bluegrass album on March 22.  As a Tennessee native, I’ve been around bluegrass my […]

Young Robert Ellis Shoots His First Gun

Young Robert Ellis Shoots His First Gun

What makes a good song? It isn’t obvious. Perhaps it’s never crossed your mind. But the ingredients are out there, apparent within every classic tune, and yet extraordinarily difficult to grasp ahold of. Many artists fail. Fine is the line between cliché and catchy. Equally enigmatic is the appropriate boundary between “weird” and “wow.” The […]

Suzanna Choffel-Steady Eye Shaky Bow

Suzanna Choffel-Steady Eye Shaky Bow

Suzanna Choffel has put together a solid combination of pop, soul, and jazz on her new record Steady Eye Shaky Bow. The Austin native uses her strong voice and unique song writing to produce a nice mix of pop soul and jazz. Choffel barely has to try. Her smokey voice lays down comfortably over every […]

Album Review: Matt Bauer – “The Jessamine County Book of the Living” (Crossbill)

Album Review: Matt Bauer – “The Jessamine County Book of the Living” (Crossbill)

Matt Bauer, a Kentucky-born recording artist and songwriter, is awaiting the release of his second album, The Jessamine County Book of the Living (Crossbill Records, June 7, 2011). Bauer’s style could be described as neo-industrial folk, and his vocal delivery can best be articulated as a raspy whisper that makes Bill Anderson sound like a […]

The Band of Heathens “Top Hat Crown & the Clapmaster’s Son” BOH Records

The Band of Heathens “Top Hat Crown & the Clapmaster’s Son” BOH Records

On their newest album, “Top Hat Crown & the Clapmaster’s Son,”  The Band of Heathens continue to refine their kitchen sink approach to southern music.  Combining elements of rock, country, soul, blues, funk, gospel, and whatever else that might come up in the process and with whatever instruments deemed appropriate (lapsteel, resonator guitars, piano, organ, […]

Live Review: Yelle @ Masquerade – Atlanta, GA

Live Review: Yelle @ Masquerade – Atlanta, GA

By Geneva Toddy ATLANTA, GA — Yelle graced the stage of Atlanta’s Masquerade with the promise of giving the best show possible. They certainly did not disappoint. Originally from France, Yelle brought its electro-pop style to America with nothing lost in translation. The band sings in French, which would lead you to believe that anything […]

Album Review of Brett Detar: Bird in the Tangle

Album Review of Brett Detar: Bird in the Tangle

What would happen if Bill Monroe, Layne Staley, Johnny Cash, and Marilyn Manson decided to collaborate, on an album together? Well you can bet it would probably sound something like, Bird in the Tangle, the first solo album by Brett Detar, former lead singer of the emo/indie/rock band The Juliana Theory. Detar released the album […]

Live Review: Amos Lee – Variety Playhouse – Atlanta, GA

Live Review: Amos Lee – Variety Playhouse – Atlanta, GA

In horn-rimmed glasses and a scruffy beard, Amos Lee looked more like the “cool” young English professor you had in college than a singer-songwriter with a number one album, Mission Bell. The academic look was fitting, actually, because on a recent Saturday night at Variety Playhouse in Atlanta, GA, Lee gave a master class in […]

Jason & The Punknecks, The Cheatin Hearts, The Dry County Drinkers, They Who Cannot (or Won’t) Be Named — April 23rd @ The Distillery Sacramento, CA

Jason & The Punknecks, The Cheatin Hearts, The Dry County Drinkers, They Who Cannot (or Won’t) Be Named — April 23rd @ The Distillery Sacramento, CA

I don’t know what the state of independent live music, dear reader, is like where you live. I’m pretty familiar, though, with the sad shape it’s in here on the West Coast. I could (and at some point I probably will) write a lengthy article in the pursuit of deciphering why audiences, pay, and respect […]

Album Review: Peter Bjorn and John – “Gimme Some” – (StarTime)

Album Review: Peter Bjorn and John – “Gimme Some” – (StarTime)

Peter Bjorn and John have made their sixth addition to a canon that defines one of the best contemporary indie pop acts of the new century. In that canon, the Swedish trio have proven themselves to have an incredible talent for writing ridiculously catchy pop songs that have been sampled and remixed by such hip […]

Album Review: Steve Martin & The Steep Canyon Rangers – “Rare Bird Alert” (Rounder)

Album Review: Steve Martin & The Steep Canyon Rangers – “Rare Bird Alert” (Rounder)

Yes. That Steve Martin. Many of you may have seen Steve play the banjo on Saturday Night Live or have heard it on his comedy albums, although these were novelty performances at best. Rare Bird Alert is not a novelty. After winning a Grammy for best bluegrass album in 2010 for The Crow: New Songs […]

Album Review: Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit – “Here We Rest” (Lightning Rod)

Album Review: Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit – “Here We Rest” (Lightning Rod)

Jason Isbell‘s solo debut, “Sirens of the Ditch,”  was a record that was four years in the making, recorded when Isbell’s schedule with Drive-by Truckers would allow, and it did feel like a bit more of a patchwork than Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit’s eponymous 2009 release, all of which was recorded with just […]

2011 SxSW, The Afterglow of Its Mind-Boggling Diversity

2011 SxSW, The Afterglow of Its Mind-Boggling Diversity

DAY ONE: THE BUZZ ABOUT “SOUTH BY” For one week each year Austin, Texas becomes the global capital of the music industry. In its 25 year existence, the annual South by Southwest Music Festival (“SxSW” or simply “South by” to the initiated) has emerged as the industry’s most important “trade show”. Over the course of […]

Those Darlins – “Screws Get Loose” Signed CD Giveaway

Those Darlins – “Screws Get Loose” Signed CD Giveaway

UPDATE: Congrats to our winners: Terry in Lexington and Beatriz in Chicago. Enjoy the signed CDs! Enter to Win Two Signed Copies of Screws Get Loose. Details After the Review. Set to drop March 29, Those Darlins‘ highly anticipated sophomore release, Screws Get Loose (Oh Wow Dang), finds the band stronger, louder and with a […]