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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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Q&A with Red Wanting Blue; Playing Vinyl November 29th

Q&A with Red Wanting Blue; Playing Vinyl November 29th

[ 0 ] November 28, 2012 |

By Al Kaufman Red Wanting Blue is five bearded guys from Columbus, Ohio who believe in the no-frills pop-rock thing. There will be no costume changes during their shows. They may get a little rootsy on you, or bring in a bit of a ‘70s groove, but that’s because they like those sounds, not because […]

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CD Review: Faithless Town — American Refugee; Playing @ The Earl Wednesday, Nov 28th

CD Review: Faithless Town — American Refugee; Playing @ The Earl Wednesday, Nov 28th

[ 0 ] November 26, 2012 |

Faithless Town American Refugee By Al Kaufman Atlanta’s Faithless Town harks back to the ‘80s, when people like Bruce Springsteen and John Mellencamp sang of small town struggles in the USA. At that time, millions of other bands tried to cash in on the sound, only to  fall as fast as the poor characters they […]

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Q & A with Sean Rowe; Playing the Earl November 8th

Q & A with Sean Rowe; Playing the Earl November 8th

[ 0 ] November 5, 2012 |

By Al Kaufman If you saw the shaggy-haired Sean Rowe sitting under a tree playing his guitar on college campus, you would actually stop and listen – even if you weren’t a doe-eyed female freshman. He has a wonderfully honeyed, brooding baritone; a sort-of Greg Brown meets Tom Waits. And he can also tell a […]

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Q & A With Michelle Malone; Playing record release party at Eddie’s Attic Oct. 6

Q & A With Michelle Malone; Playing record release party at Eddie’s Attic Oct. 6

[ 0 ] October 4, 2012 |

By Al Kaufman Usually when an artist’s new album is heralded as “her most mature work to date,” it should be taken as a warning sign. Warning: this album is slow and boring. Blues mama Michelle Malone has just issued her 11th album, Day 2. It is easily her most mature album to date, and […]

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CD Review: Ben Folds Five — The Sound of the Life of the Mind

CD Review: Ben Folds Five — The Sound of the Life of the Mind

[ 0 ] September 17, 2012 |

Ben Folds Five The Sound of the Life of the Mind Legacy By Al Kaufman It’s been 13 years since the last Ben Folds Five album, The rather lackluster The Unauthorized Biography of Reinhold Messner. In the intervening years, Folds has cobbled together a rather successful solo career, including the brilliant Lonely Avenue, a collaboration […]

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Q&A with Paper Bird; Playing Smith’s Olde Bar September 12th

Q&A with Paper Bird; Playing Smith’s Olde Bar September 12th

[ 0 ] September 10, 2012 |

By Al Kaufman It would be hard not to like the folks behind Colorado’s Paper Bird. They play a happy, rootsy, Americana sound with a touch of jam band sensibility. Their use of trumpet, trombone, banjo and vocal harmonies on songs such as “Spit Spot” add a jazzy, old-timey feel to their easily digestible pop nuggets.  Included in their […]

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Q&A with Natalie Stovall; Playing Smith’s Olde Bar Saturday, September 8th

Q&A with Natalie Stovall; Playing Smith’s Olde Bar Saturday, September 8th

[ 0 ] September 6, 2012 |

By Al Kaufman Sure, Natalie Stovall plays the fiddle and has opened for some of the biggest names in country music, but she still has a rock and roll heart. On the cover of her new 6-song CD, Standing My Ground, whe wears a clingy Queen concert shirt and ripped jeans, and holds her fiddle […]

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Q&A with Ron Pope; Playing Eddie’s Attic August 23 and Vinyl October 20

Q&A with Ron Pope; Playing Eddie’s Attic August 23 and Vinyl October 20

[ 0 ] August 18, 2012 |

By Al Kaufman Ron Pope writes and sings music from the heartland, both literally and metaphorically. He can play sensitive folkie or all out rocker, and does both on his recent release, Atlanta, but his songs always feel sincere without drifting into egocentric waters. A Marietta native who currently calls New York home, Pope just […]

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CD Review: Everest — Ownerless

CD Review: Everest — Ownerless

[ 0 ] July 9, 2012 |

Everest Ownerless ATO Records By Al Kaufman Success in the rock world is a crap shoot. For every Coldplay and Linkin Park that make it big, there are thousands of bands that have more talent but never make it. Is Everest a great rock band? No, but they’re just as good as any of these […]

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CD Review: Tab Benoit — Legacy: The Best of; Playing Smith’s July 4th

CD Review: Tab Benoit — Legacy: The Best of; Playing Smith’s July 4th

[ 0 ] July 2, 2012 |

Tab Benoit Legacy: The Best of Telarc By Al Kaufman Tab Benoit is old school. In the world of the blues he may still be considered a newcomer, but there is a reason he won the B.B. King Entertainer of the Year award at the 2012 Blues Music Awards. Benoit plays fat and juicy licks, […]

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CD Review: Langhorne Slim & the Law — The Way We Move

CD Review: Langhorne Slim & the Law — The Way We Move

[ 0 ] June 5, 2012 |

Langhorne Slim & the Law The Way We Move Ramseur Records   By Al Kaufman   “Lord, release my wild soul,” Langhorne Slim pleads on the acoustic ballad “Wild Soul.” It is safe to say that the Lord has answered his prayers. While his most recent home is Portland, Oregon, Slim and the band have […]

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