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CD Review: Gary Clark Jr. — The Bright Lights EP

CD Review: Gary Clark Jr. — The Bright Lights EP

[ 1 ] December 21, 2011 |

  Gary Clark Jr. The Bright Lights EP Warner Brothers By Al Kaufman In Austin, Texas, blues guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan is God. His likeness overlooks the heraled Barton Creek, defending it against the evils of cheap pop music. Gary Clark Jr, who grew up in Austin, often hears his name bandied about in the […]

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CD Review: Black Keys — El Camino

CD Review: Black Keys — El Camino

[ 0 ] December 15, 2011 |

Black Keys El Camino Nonesuch By Al Kaufman It surprises nobody anymore that a couple of white boys from Akron, Ohio (Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney, to be precise) can pack their music with so much blues and  soul, but the fact that with El Camino, their seventh album, they continue to get better and […]

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CD Review: R.E.M. — Part Lies Part Heart Part Truth Part Garbage 1982-2011

CD Review: R.E.M. — Part Lies Part Heart Part Truth Part Garbage 1982-2011

[ 0 ] November 22, 2011 |

R.E.M. Part Lies Part Heart Part Truth Part Garbage 1982-2011 Warner Brothers By Al Kaufman For many people outside of Georgia, R.E.M. broke up about 15 years too late. They should have called it quits after Bill Berry retired and before Michael Stipe started bitching in his songs. R.E.M. had a few lean years in […]

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CD Review: The Twilight Saga — Breaking Dawn Part I Soundtrack

CD Review: The Twilight Saga — Breaking Dawn Part I Soundtrack

[ 0 ] November 22, 2011 |

Various Artists The Twilight Saga — Breaking Dawn Part I Soundtrack Chop Shop/Atlantic By Al Kaufman While the Twilight movie series caters to teenage girls who find nothing more romantic than sleeping with 500-year-old vampires who wear glitter, the soundtracks aim for a wider audience. Past releases have helped aid the careers of the likes […]

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CD Review: She & Him — A Very She & Him Christmas

CD Review: She & Him — A Very She & Him Christmas

[ 0 ] November 21, 2011 |

She & Him A Very She & Him Christmas Merge Records By Al Kaufman Kind of like in Rilo Kiley, when Blake Sennett barely got a word in edgewise against the more engaging Jenny Lewis, so it is that M. Ward scarcely shows up on this Zooey Deschanel showcase. The pair have made a couple […]

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CD Review: Sarah Siskind — Novel; Playing Eddie’s Attic, November 16

CD Review: Sarah Siskind — Novel; Playing Eddie’s Attic, November 16

[ 1 ] November 16, 2011 |

Sarah Siskind Novel Red Request Records By Al Kaufman It would be easy to write Sarah Siskind off as just another hippie chick. Just read some of the liner notes on Novel: “All drums and percussion were handmade or household objects.” Or how about, “Sarah makes unique jewelry made from beads, charms and the like […]

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CD Review: Minus Ned — Are We Finally Fitting In?; Playing The Nest, November 10

CD Review: Minus Ned — Are We Finally Fitting In?; Playing The Nest, November 10

[ 0 ] November 9, 2011 |

Minus Ned Are We Finally Fitting In? Nedhead Records By Al Kaufman When guitarist Ned Bridges decided to form a band with fellow Connecticut friends Zach Guglin (vocals/drums) and Michael Martens (guitar), he probably thought the band would just break up when he took off for college. Instead, the two remaining members recruited guitarist Mark […]

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CD Review: Scott Weiland — The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

CD Review: Scott Weiland — The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

[ 1 ] November 4, 2011 |

Scott Weiland The Most Wonderful Time of the Year Atco/Softdrive By Al Kaufman Now that Halloween is over, Thanksgiving is really only a speed bump on the race to Christmas. And what that means is the holiday music comes out in full force. One of the most anticipated offerings this year comes from Scott Weiland. […]

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CD Review: Girl in a Coma — Exits & All the Rest; Playing Masquerade, November 7

CD Review: Girl in a Coma — Exits & All the Rest; Playing Masquerade, November 7

[ 1 ] November 1, 2011 |

Girl in a Coma Exits & All the Rest Blackheart Records By Al Kaufman If ever a band name has been a misnomer, than it is for Girl in a Coma. Yes, this trio from San Antonio grew up as Smiths fans (hence the band name), but their music is very much alive.

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CD Review: Memoryhouse — The Years; Playing 529, November 1

CD Review: Memoryhouse — The Years; Playing 529, November 1

[ 0 ] October 31, 2011 |

Memoryhouse The Years Sub-Pop By Al Kaufman The Toronto duo, Memoryhouse, released a four-song EP, The Years, on Arcade Sound a little over a year ago. On this version for Sub-Pop, they’re up to five songs (replacing “the Waves” with “Modern Normal” and “Quiet America”). They also re-recorded the remaining three songs. At this rate, […]

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CD Review: Ron Pope — Whatever It Takes; Playing Vinyl, November 4

CD Review: Ron Pope — Whatever It Takes; Playing Vinyl, November 4

[ 0 ] October 24, 2011 |

Ron Pope Whatever It Takes Mason-Dixon Railroad By Al Kaufman Ron Pope loves love. His love songs are strong, strident, and unabashedly sappy. There are no songs about a girl done him wrong here, only songs about how happy his girl makes him feel. Ron Pope loves two other things; his guitar and majestic songs. […]

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CD Review: David Jacobs-Strain — Live from the Left Coast; Playing Eddie’s Attic, October 28

CD Review: David Jacobs-Strain — Live from the Left Coast; Playing Eddie’s Attic, October 28

[ 0 ] October 20, 2011 |

David Jacobs-Strain Live from the Left Coast self-release By Al Kaufman At the ripe old age of 25, David Jacobs-Strain is a seasoned vet in this folk-blues guitar game, and he sounds like it. He plays that slide guitar like a girlfriend. Live from the Left Coast, recorded at the Rolling and Tumbling temporary juke […]

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CD Review: Wild Flag — Wild Flag; Playing 40 Watt Club, October 22

CD Review: Wild Flag — Wild Flag; Playing 40 Watt Club, October 22

[ 0 ] October 17, 2011 |

Wild Flag Wild Flag Merge By Al Kaufman Supergroups of any type rarely live up to their hype, but since the hype for Wild Flag was practically non-existent, and since the women in this band don’t care about such petty things, their debut album far surpasses any expectations that may have been garnered.

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CD Review: Army Navy — The Last Place

CD Review: Army Navy — The Last Place

[ 0 ] October 13, 2011 |

Army Navy The Last Place Fever Zone By Al Kaufman For a band that doesn’t have a label, and has never had a pop single, Army Navy sure has a lot of friends in high places. Frontman Justin Kennedy was in a band with his high school buddy, Ben Gibbard, before Gibbard left to start […]

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CD Review: Man Overboard — Man Overboard; Playing Masquerade, October 14

CD Review: Man Overboard — Man Overboard; Playing Masquerade, October 14

[ 0 ] October 7, 2011 |

Man Overboard Man Overboard Rise Records By Al Kaufman Now that Blink 182 have gone all mature with their new release, Neighborhoods, it’s good to know that there are bands like Man Overboard (who take their name from the Blink 182 song) to hold high to pop-punk, smarmy teen trophy. Man Overboard, a five-piece out of New […]

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