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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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CD Review: Tumbledown House — Fables and Falsehoods; Play Twain’s, April 19

CD Review: Tumbledown House — Fables and Falsehoods; Play Twain’s, April 19

[ 0 ] April 13, 2012 |

Tumbledown House Fables and Falsehoods Silent Coyote Music By Al Kaufman Welcome to the Roaring ’20s, in all its sexy, boozy, violent glory. Montana’s Tumbledown House are so fresh and exciting because they do old so well. Vocalist Gillian Howe and jazz guitarist Tyler Ryan Miller have surrounded themselves with all sorts of cool cats, […]

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CD Review: Say Anything — Anarchy, My Dear

CD Review: Say Anything — Anarchy, My Dear

[ 0 ] April 13, 2012 |

Say Anything  Anarchy, My Dear Equal Vision Records By Al Kaufman First things first, these guys are nothing like the John Cusack movie. They are not going to play Peter Gabriel through their boom boxes up to their girlfriend’s window. No, their love songs have more of a Sid and Nancy feel to them. On […]

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CD Review: Birdy — Birdy

CD Review: Birdy — Birdy

[ 0 ] March 29, 2012 |

Birdy Birdy Warner Brothers/14th Floor By Al Kaufman America is not the only country that makes huge stars out of televised music competitions. Birdy (whose real name, Jasmine van dem Bogaerde is a little more difficult to articulate) is a 15-year-old phenom from the UK who took the grand prize on Open Mike UK at […]

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CD Review: Will Hoge — Number Seven; Playing Vinyl, March 29

CD Review: Will Hoge — Number Seven; Playing Vinyl, March 29

[ 0 ] March 19, 2012 |

Will Hoge Number Seven Ryko By Al Kaufman Will Hoge is the type of guy you’d expect to see doing Chevy commercials. The guy is the heart of America. His songs are big and majestic with the right amount of twang, and they cover the topics that Americans care about; stuff like love gone sour, […]

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CD Review: Fanfarlo — Rooms Filled With Light; Playing Vinyl, March 10

CD Review: Fanfarlo — Rooms Filled With Light; Playing Vinyl, March 10

[ 0 ] March 9, 2012 |

Fanfarlo Rooms Filled with Light Atlantic Records By Al Kaufman The indie-pop world took notice when Fanfarlo released their debut, Reservoir, in 2009. Now, three years later, Fanfarlo has gone back about 30 years to create their new sound. In listening to Rooms Filled with Light, one would not be unreasonable to believe the band […]

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CD Review: Bruce Springsteen — Wrecking Ball; Playing Philips Arena, March 18

CD Review: Bruce Springsteen — Wrecking Ball; Playing Philips Arena, March 18

[ 0 ] March 7, 2012 |

Bruce Springsteen Wrecking Ball Columbia By Al Kaufman The Boss is back. I honestly never thought I would get a chance to write those words. A Springsteen fan since before my teen years, I have watched as Bruce slowly grew into a caricature of himself. It was like he had read all the hype about […]

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CD Review: Heartless Bastards — Arrow; Playing The EARL, March 2

CD Review: Heartless Bastards — Arrow; Playing The EARL, March 2

[ 1 ] February 14, 2012 |

Heartless Bastards Arrow Partisan Records By Al Kaufman Heartless Bastards answer the all important question: What if Adele was backed by a Texas band? Erika Wennerstrom, the vocal storm behind the band, has penned 11 songs that show off all her abilities. The soulful “Marathon” is followed by the poppy “Parted Ways,” until the song […]

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