Category: CD Reviews

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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CD Review: Sarah Tollerson, “Wherever We Go”

CD Review: Sarah Tollerson, “Wherever We Go”

[ 0 ] December 3, 2012 |

By: Shelby Lum Last month, singer-songwriter, Sarah Tollerson, released her second album, Wherever We Go.  The indie, folk player out of Winder, Georgia and now a Nashville resident, turned to award-winning, producer Neilson Hubbard to record her latest album. The country music capital’s influences are certainly reflected in her most recent work. The love songs […]

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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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CD Review: The Romans – Coldest Weather

CD Review: The Romans – Coldest Weather

[ 0 ] October 22, 2012 |

Review by Ellen Eldridge The Coldest Weather debut introduces The Romans as empathetic to indie rock while immersed in influences from wider sources. Atlanta acts as a melting pot for music; so many genres and influences inspire the music from our city’s bands and The Romans belly up to the bar bringing a warm nostalgic […]

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CD Review: No Doubt, Push and Shove, Released September 25th

CD Review: No Doubt, Push and Shove, Released September 25th

[ 0 ] September 25, 2012 |

By Molly Segers No Doubt’s Push and Shove actually sounds like a No Doubt record. This may seem like a ridiculous observation, but considering it’s been just shy of 11 years since they put out a record, it was a completely reasonable concern for long time fans. I certainly breathed a sigh of relief. It […]

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CD Review: Dinosaur Jr. – I Bet On Sky, Released September 18th

CD Review: Dinosaur Jr. – I Bet On Sky, Released September 18th

[ 0 ] September 25, 2012 |

Review by Ellen Eldridge Though Dinosaur Jr. and J. Mascis have long been revered as Seattle scene icons, I didn’t get a chance to catch the wave until much later. In fact, the first time I spent a great deal of time with Mascis’ work was his solo release, Several Shades of Why, that I […]

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CD Review: Sera Cahoone – Deer Creek Canyon, Releases Tuesday, September 25th.

CD Review: Sera Cahoone – Deer Creek Canyon, Releases Tuesday, September 25th.

[ 0 ] September 24, 2012 |

Review by Ellen Eldridge As the chill in the air settles down over Atlanta, fans should carry enough change for a hot cocoa, invest in a flannel and a copy of Sera Cahoone’s Deer Creek Canyon because this daughter of a Colorado foothills salesman knows how to warm both the body and the mind. Cahoone’s […]

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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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CD Review: Amanda Palmer and The Grand Theft Orchestra – Theatre Is Evil, CD Release Tuesday, September 11th

CD Review: Amanda Palmer and The Grand Theft Orchestra – Theatre Is Evil, CD Release Tuesday, September 11th

[ 0 ] September 10, 2012 |

Review by Ellen Eldridge A strong well-spoken woman with a curse word for a middle name stands out as a woman I want to love. I’ll admit that I never heard The Dresden Dolls; my first introduction to Amanda Palmer came from her cover of Nirvana’s “Polly,” and my intense curiosity grew out of the […]

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CD Review: The Extraordinary Contraptions – The Time Traveler’s Constant – Album Release Thursday, August 30th

CD Review: The Extraordinary Contraptions – The Time Traveler’s Constant – Album Release Thursday, August 30th

[ 0 ] August 27, 2012 |

Review by Ellen Eldridge The Extraordinary Contraptions, a band founded in 2007, appeared in my world as if by time machine at the Strange Daze festival in August 2009. Shortly after that—by less than a month—the band appeared at DragonCon where its steampunk vide melted into the surrounding framework. Recent appearances for The Extraordinary Contraptions […]

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CD Review: Matisyahu – Spark Seeker

CD Review: Matisyahu – Spark Seeker

[ 0 ] July 23, 2012 |

By Ellen Eldridge The chanted beginning of Matisyahu signals a fresh and inspiring take on rock-reggae. The significance of the album title, Spark Seeker, presents itself in the line, “These lies have got me tired; I’m free-falling, I’m done stalling,” that references the idea that music made inspires despite the music maker’s own struggle for […]

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CD Review: Milo Greene’s Self-Titled Debut Album, Released Tuesday, July 17

CD Review: Milo Greene’s Self-Titled Debut Album, Released Tuesday, July 17

[ 0 ] July 19, 2012 |

By Jamie Lamberski “Who is Milo Greene?” Well, the person Milo Greene doesn’t actually exist. But the 5-piece California-based band that is making major waves in the indie music scene does. Milo Greene is the fictitious manager that the band invented as a clever scheme to get heard. Instead of querying venues themselves, their manager […]

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Cd Review: Serg Tankian – Harakiri

Cd Review: Serg Tankian – Harakiri

[ 0 ] July 12, 2012 |

  Review by Ellen Eldridge Generally speaking, I don’t choose to spend my time listening to others bitch about religious freedom or political injustice. I delete those friends on Facebook who spread horrible pictures of abused animals and children, not because I am insensitive but because that’s the last thing I need upsetting me during […]

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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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