DVD Review: Pistolero Picture Show

DVD Review: Pistolero Picture Show

PistoleroPistolero Picture Show by Al Kaufman Pistolero is a ragtag group of local boys that have finally begun to make a buzz. These are guys that live and breathe music so much they make their own amps. They have the kind of sound one would hear on Little Steven's Underground Garage; 60's, Mod-influenced, ragged rock […]

CD Review: Sharon Robinson — Everybody Knows

CD Review: Sharon Robinson — Everybody Knows

Sharon RobinsonEverybody Knows ***1/2 by Al Kaufman In her over 20 years in the music business, Robinson has penned songs for some of the biggest names; including Diana Ross, Don Henley, and Rufus Wainwright. Her biggest success came when she co-wrote the Patti LaBelle recorded "New Attitude" for Beverly Hills Cop. But if anyone in […]

CD Review: Patty Larkin — Watch the Sky

CD Review: Patty Larkin — Watch the Sky

Patty LarkinWatch the SkyVanguard ** 1/2 by Al Kaufman It's easy to imagine folkie Patty Larkin walking into the studio. Her eyes light up as bright as her fiery red hair as she views all the shiny knobs and buttons. She cuts her song (playing all the instruments herself), then plays with all the controls […]

EP Review: Michael Tolcher — See You Soon

EP Review: Michael Tolcher — See You Soon

Michael TolcherSee You SoonA&M/Octone ** by Al Kaufman Although he was born in Virginia, Michael Tolcher is a local boy. He grew up in Lovejoy, went to Georgia Tech, and even performed at the Atlanta Federal Penitentiary (where his father served as chaplain). He's a nice guy with a guitar who you really want to […]

CD Review: The Gay Blades — Ghosts

CD Review: The Gay Blades — Ghosts

The Gay BladesGhosts4 Never Records/Triple Crown 2 stars by Al Kaufman Everyone knows people who are smart, but not nearly as smart as they think they are. These people also tend to not be nearly as funny as they think they are. But they sure as hell think they are smarter and funnier than you. […]

CD Review: Whitley–The Submarine

CD Review: Whitley–The Submarine

WhitleyThe SubmarineDew Process by Al Kaufman This sound is going to need its own label soon: electro-folk, folktronica, or techno-Americana. Whatever the case, 23-year-old Aussie Lawrence Greenwood, aka "Whitley," used to be in hardcore bands. Then he saw alt-country singers Kieran Kane and Kevin Welch and his new sound was born. The Submarine was released […]

CD Review: Catie Curtis — Sweet Life

CD Review: Catie Curtis — Sweet Life

Catie CurtisSweet LifeCompass Records by Al Kaufman Ask any great songwriter and they will tell you the hardest song to write is a happy song. Using that criteria, Catie Curtis is one of the greatest songwriters of all time. With a mature but sweet voice, Curtis opens her CD with the title cut, in which […]

CD Review: Paula Nelson Band — Lucky 13

CD Review: Paula Nelson Band — Lucky 13

Paula Nelson BandLucky 13Justice Records by Al Kaufman It must be a blessing and a curse to be the daughter of outlaw country legend Willie Nelson. Paula Nelson grew up around some of the greatest musicians ever, Kris Kristofferson, Rita Coolidge, Waylon Jennings, and, of course, Johnny Cash. If just a quarter of all that […]

CD Review: Lowry — Love Is Dead

CD Review: Lowry — Love Is Dead

LowryLove Is DeadEngine Room Recordings by Al Kaufman Lowry is one of those bands that is a music critic's worst nightmare, and I mean that in the best way. Lowry has an unclassifiable sound that leads the listener reaching for comparisons that fade away a minute later. Yet, taken as a whole, Love Is Dead […]

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