Archive for the ‘Music’ Category

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 […]

Live Review: Buried Beds, Fake Problems, Murder By Death @ The Earl, Atlanta, GA 3/8/11

Live Review: Buried Beds, Fake Problems, Murder By Death @ The Earl, Atlanta, GA 3/8/11

Earlier this month Buried Beds graced the stage at The Earl here in Atlanta while on tour promoting their recent release Tremble The Sails, which I recently reviewed here. I rarely make it to a show early enough to catch the opener, although after spending two weeks studying this album, I would have recommend arriving […]

Album Review: Buried Beds – “Tremble The Sails”

Album Review: Buried Beds – “Tremble The Sails”

Over the past few years the airwaves have been flooded with indie rock duets. The partition keeping the distinctive qualities of each act apart has blurred as the indie-folk genre has become increasingly popular amongst television commercials. I find with many of these duets, the band creates an intriguing sound that is worthy of a […]

Album Review: Andy Friedman – “Laserbeams and Dreams” (City Salvage)

Album Review: Andy Friedman – “Laserbeams and Dreams” (City Salvage)

Rare is the album that grabs you from the start, from the first plucked notes, the initial poetic sentence, with promises of deeply felt stories and engaging tunes. This album is one of those, and like the proverbial metaphoric onion, the layers are many. Laserbeams and Dreams, Andy Friedman‘s third studio release, opens with the […]