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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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Q & A with Kelly Hogan; Playing With Neko Case @ Atlanta Botanical Garden, July 20th

Q & A with Kelly Hogan; Playing With Neko Case @ Atlanta Botanical Garden, July 20th

[ 0 ] June 4, 2012 |

By Al Kaufman Kelly Hogan is one of the queens of the Atlanta music scene.  Her band in the ‘90s, The Jody Grind, were on the verge of stardom before a drunk driver killed two members. She then sang for the Rock*A*Teens before putting out three fabulous solo records that showcased her amazing vocal prowess. […]

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CD Review: Simone Felice; Plays Eddie’s Attic May 29th

CD Review: Simone Felice; Plays Eddie’s Attic May 29th

[ 0 ] May 24, 2012 |

Simone Felice Simone Felice Team Love Records By Al Kaufman Simone Felice, drummer and singer the Catskill folkies Felice Brothers, and founder of the folk-soul outfit, The Duke and the King, branches out on his own in this warm, hushed solo debut. Felice possesses a sweet, haunting voice. He puts it to use right away […]

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CD Review: The Bright Light Social Hour — New Year’s Live; Play Masquerade May 10th

CD Review: The Bright Light Social Hour — New Year’s Live; Play Masquerade May 10th

[ 0 ] May 9, 2012 |

The Bright Light Social Hour New Year’s Live self-release By Al Kaufman Austin, Texas has more than earned its reputation as The Live Music Capital of the World. So when a band takes an unprecedented six trophies from last year’s Austin Music Awards, they must be onto something. The fact is, Bright Light Social Hour […]

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CD Review: Ron Pope — Atlanta; Playing Vinyl, April 28

CD Review: Ron Pope — Atlanta; Playing Vinyl, April 28

[ 0 ] April 27, 2012 |

Ron Pope Atlanta Hard Six Records By Al Kaufman Ron Pope is a sensitive romantic. He’s got a beard and everything. He writes straight from the heartlands anthems and lovely ballads that would make John Mayer cry. And he writes a lot of songs. Atlanta is his seventh album since 2008.

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CD Review: jENNiNGS — Take It or Leave; Playing Smith’s Olde Bar, April 17

CD Review: jENNiNGS — Take It or Leave; Playing Smith’s Olde Bar, April 17

[ 2 ] April 16, 2012 |

jENNiNGS Take It or Leave Emerging Artists Music By Al Kaufman Singer/songwriter/pianist Mary Jennings is pretentious. A singer cannot use such a capitally-challenged moniker and not be thought so. She only enhances that perception on her live album, Take It or Leave. She includes an intro on every song because, you know, it’s like, important […]

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