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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, […]

The Jon Black Report: Night of the Supermoon (SxSW 2011, Final Day – R.I.P. Pinetop Perkins)

The Jon Black Report: Night of the Supermoon (SxSW 2011, Final Day – R.I.P. Pinetop Perkins)

Jon Black, our resident musicologist and damn fine writer, attended this year’s South by Southwest music fest in Austin and has been sharing his unique and learned observations with us over the past month. He’s covered a big chunk of the musical spectrum from country, Irish rock, Tennessee garage rock, worldbeat, punk, street music, Texas […]

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 […]

James McMurtry On Tour

James McMurtry On Tour

James McMurtry is gearing up for an extensive summer tour **In Case You Missed It** James McMurtry’s “Bayou Tortous” was featured last night on the FOX-TV series, Bones.  CLICK HERE to watch the full episode, entitled “The Finder.”  More and more these days, McMurtry pops up in popular culture – his albums and songs have […]

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 […]

The Black Report: Jon Black at SxSW – Punk, Texas Klezmer, and BBBFs

The Black Report: Jon Black at SxSW – Punk, Texas Klezmer, and BBBFs

When I first set foot on the street for any given night of South by Southwest, I never know what exactly the evening has in store for me. Sure, I have a list of bands I want to see, but that’s not the same thing as knowing what to expect. Friday night of SxSW 2011, […]

Robbie Robertson Talks About New Album, Favorite Song By The Band

Robbie Robertson Talks About New Album, Favorite Song By The Band

Robbie Robertson wrote some of the greatest rock songs of the late ‘60s and ‘70s. As a member of The Band, he penned classic songs filled with rueful stories and quirky characters. Robertson’s first album in more than a decade, How to Become Clairvoyant, is more memoir than fiction. He talks with Studio 360’s Kurt […]