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Q&A with Michael Glabicki of Rusted Root; Playing Vinyl on April 13th

Q&A with Michael Glabicki of Rusted Root; Playing Vinyl on April 13th

[ 0 ] April 11, 2013 |

By Al Kaufman It’s been 20 years since Rusted Root formed, and almost as long since “Send Me On My Way” was all over the radio. These days, “Send Me On My Way” is an Enterprise Car commercial, but the band, who have sold over 3 million albums, is still pumping out new material. They […]

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CD Review: David Mayfield Parade — Good Man Down; Playing @ Smith’s Olde Bar April 12th

CD Review: David Mayfield Parade — Good Man Down; Playing @ Smith’s Olde Bar April 12th

[ 0 ] April 2, 2013 |

The David Mayfield Parade Good Man Down Beautywood Records By Al Kaufman With crystalline vocals reminiscent of a young James Taylor, it would be easy for David Mayfield to write adult contemporary songs and have middle-aged women swoon over him for the rest of his life, but Mayfield isn’t that type of guy. He spent […]

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CD Review: Caveman — Caveman; Playing @ The Drunken Unicorn April 6th

CD Review: Caveman — Caveman; Playing @ The Drunken Unicorn April 6th

[ 0 ] April 2, 2013 |

Caveman Caveman Fat Possum By Al Kaufman When the Brooklyn quintet, Caveman, released their debut CD, CoCo Beware, it raised enough of a ruckus in the indie pop world that it was eventually picked up by Fat Possum Records.  For their self-titles sophomore release, but first one with actual label backing, they first escaped to […]

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Q&A with Michelle Malone; Playing @ Eddie’s Attic March 30th

Q&A with Michelle Malone; Playing @ Eddie’s Attic March 30th

[ 0 ] March 27, 2013 |

Interview by: Al Kaufman Michelle Malone is almost as big an Atlanta institution as The Varsity. Her rocking blues have caused many to kick some dust off their boots. She can get down and raunchy and sweet and spiritual. She’s the kid sister Bonnie Raitt always wanted, or possibly the secret love child of Raitt […]

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CD Review: Milk Carton Kids — The Ash & Clay; Playing Eddie’s Attic April 18th

CD Review: Milk Carton Kids — The Ash & Clay; Playing Eddie’s Attic April 18th

[ 0 ] March 26, 2013 |

Review by: Al Kaufman Led by bands such as Mumford and Sons and The Lumineers, folk-rock is enjoying a revival. People keep coming back to the earthiness of the music. The songs are pretty and melodic, with lots of harmonies and enough hooks to stay wedged between your ears for a few days, or at […]

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Q&A with Eliot Bronson; Playing Eddie’s Attic March 22nd

Q&A with Eliot Bronson; Playing Eddie’s Attic March 22nd

[ 0 ] March 21, 2013 |

By Al Kaufman Eliot Bronson is the type of songwriter who could squeeze out something meaningful about taking out the trash. He writes heartfelt songs with dark humor and backs them with his resonant voice and swampy instruments. Back in his hometown of Baltimore, he was dubbed a “folk-singing wunderkind.” He then moved to Atlanta […]

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Q&A With Nicki Bluhm; Playing Smith’s Olde Bar March 21st.

Q&A With Nicki Bluhm; Playing Smith’s Olde Bar March 21st.

[ 0 ] March 20, 2013 |

By Al Kaufman San Francisco’s Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers spend a lot of time on the road. The band, with Nicki on vocals, husband Tim Bluhm (of The Mother Hips) and Deren Ney on lead guitar, Steve Adams on bass , Dave Mulligan on rhythm guitar, and Mike Curry on drums released Driftwood in […]

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Q&A with Dom Kelly from A Fragile Tomorrow; Playing Eddie’s Attic March 19th

Q&A with Dom Kelly from A Fragile Tomorrow; Playing Eddie’s Attic March 19th

[ 0 ] March 18, 2013 |

By Al Kaufman If you’re old enough to remember to Athens music invasion of the ‘80s, you have a friend in A Fragile Tomorrow. Although they hail from Charlestown, SC, twin brothers Sean (vocals, guitar) and Dom (drums, piano) Kelly, their brother Brendan Kelly (guitar), and friend Shaun Rhoades (bass) seem as Athens as REM. […]

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Q&A With Sallie Ford; Playing Smith’s Olde Bar March 18th

Q&A With Sallie Ford; Playing Smith’s Olde Bar March 18th

[ 0 ] March 15, 2013 |

By Al Kaufman It’s fair to say that women in rock have to be tough. The women who have made it in this “man’s world”, like Patti Smith, Chrissie Hynde, Debbie Harry, and Joan Jett, are all women most guys would not want to meet in a dark alley at 2 a.m. But there’s also […]

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Q&A with Paper Bird; Playing The Earl March 7th

Q&A with Paper Bird; Playing The Earl March 7th

[ 0 ] March 4, 2013 |

By Al Kaufman Denver is on its way to becoming the next big music town. First, the Lumineers took off after toiling in the Mile-High City. Up next may very well be Paper Bird. This seven-person collective will release Rooms on March 26th , and have released the first single, the sweetly harmonious “As I Am.” A […]

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CD Review: Sol Driven Train — Underdog; Playing @ Smith’s Olde Bar March 9th

CD Review: Sol Driven Train — Underdog; Playing @ Smith’s Olde Bar March 9th

[ 2 ] February 20, 2013 |

Sol Driven Train Underdog By Al Kaufman Sol Driven Train is made up of a bunch of happy guys from Charleston, SC who love making music and probably listened to a lot of Jimmy Buffett as kids. Their songs consist of loose, rootsy melodies infused with horns.  They sing carefree songs about the glories of […]

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CD Review: Tegan & Sara — Heartthrob

CD Review: Tegan & Sara — Heartthrob

[ 0 ] January 31, 2013 |

Tegan & Sara Heartthrob Warner Brothers By Al Kaufman The indie pop darlings have discovered the ‘80s. The goal of the seventh album for the Canadian twin sisters was to write a batch of fun ‘80s synth-pop love songs, but add an undertone of darkness. They succeeded. Ditching their producer from the last two albums, […]

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CD Review: Trixie Whitley — Fourth Corner; Playing Eddie’s Attic Feb. 8th

CD Review: Trixie Whitley — Fourth Corner; Playing Eddie’s Attic Feb. 8th

[ 0 ] January 28, 2013 |

Trixie Whitley Fourth Corner Strong Blood By Al Kaufman There is a lot in a name. A name can be a hindrance and a help. In Trixie Whitley’s case, it is both.  The name “Trixie” may conjure up a Southern girl yodeling and drawling her way through the wonders of trailer park life. But Whitley […]

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CD Review: Erin McKeown — Manifestra

CD Review: Erin McKeown — Manifestra

[ 0 ] January 14, 2013 |

Erin McKeown Manifestra TVP Records By Al Kaufman Longtime fans of Erin McKeown have watched her evolve from introspective folky, to pop hell raiser, to swinging mama.  While her music has grown and changed, so has she as a person. With each album she has been more and more outspoken in regards to social justice. […]

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Trinumeral Festival Comes to Atlanta on 12/12/12 (Duh)

Trinumeral Festival Comes to Atlanta on 12/12/12 (Duh)

[ 0 ] December 11, 2012 |

By Al Kaufman The one thing a music writer does more than anything else is hit the “delete” button. In the time it took me to write that last sentence, three press releases appeared in my in-box. A press release is like a resume given to a major conglomerate; it needs something to make it […]

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