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CD Review: Ben Kweller — Go Fly a Kite

CD Review: Ben Kweller — Go Fly a Kite

[ 2 ] February 7, 2012 |

Ben Kweller Go Fly a Kite Noise By Al Kaufman If Nick Lowe was the Jesus of cool of the 20th century, then Ben Kweller appears ready to take over the role for the new millennium. Kweller writes pure pop for now people. It’s tight and crisp without being trite. Every song on here sounds […]

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CD Review: Red Wanting Blue — From the Vanishing Point; Playing Smith’s Olde Bar, February 27

CD Review: Red Wanting Blue — From the Vanishing Point; Playing Smith’s Olde Bar, February 27

[ 1 ] February 6, 2012 |

Red Wanting Blue From the Vanishing Point Fanatic Records By Al Kaufman Red Wanting Blue plays slick, mainstream pop-rock songs. That could be the whole review right there, but it would leave the layout for this review wanting. It’s like Train or Hootie and the Blowfish, or, to a lesser extent, Counting Crows. It’s that […]

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CD Review: Amy LaVere – Stranger Me; Playing Smith’s Olde Bar with Rich Robinson, March 2

CD Review: Amy LaVere – Stranger Me; Playing Smith’s Olde Bar with Rich Robinson, March 2

[ 1 ] February 6, 2012 |

Amy LaVere Stranger Me Archer Records By Al Kaufman Turbulent times often leads to great art. Such is the case with Amy LaVere. While preparing to make her third album three years ago, her producer and mentor, Jim Dickenson, died of complications from triple bypass surgery. Then her guitarist, Steve Selvidge, left to join The […]

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Q&A with Adam Schlesinger of Fountains of Wayne; Playing The Loft, February 10

Q&A with Adam Schlesinger of Fountains of Wayne; Playing The Loft, February 10

[ 2 ] February 3, 2012 |

By Al Kaufman Fountains of Wayne is not your typical success story. The New York-based band came up with the name after driving by a yard art store in Wayne, N.J., then quickly signed with Atlantic Records in 1996. They were subsequently dropped after their first two albums did not sell up to Atlantic’s expectations. […]

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CD Review: Eric Taylor — Live at Red Shack; Plays Eddie’s Attic, January 28

CD Review: Eric Taylor — Live at Red Shack; Plays Eddie’s Attic, January 28

[ 2 ] January 24, 2012 |

Eric Taylor Live at the Red Shack Blue Ruby Music By Al Kaufman Eric Taylor is like that cool uncle you had. You know, the one who lived out in the woods in a cabin he built by himself. He talked a little saltier than your mom approved of, he didn’t care if you flipped […]

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CD Review: Dare Dukes — Thugs and China Dolls; Playing Highland Inn January 21 and Grocery on Home February 4

CD Review: Dare Dukes — Thugs and China Dolls; Playing Highland Inn January 21 and Grocery on Home February 4

[ 2 ] January 16, 2012 |

Dare Dukes and the Blackstock Collection Thugs and China Dolls Starland Records By Al Kaufman When Savannah’s Dare Dukes released his debut, Prettiest Transmitter of All, in 2008, he established himself as a gifted songwriter who could write a catchy (but not obvious) hook. But, most importantly, he demonstrated that he has a penchant for […]

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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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