Q&A with Eliot Bronson; Playing Eddie’s Attic March 22nd

By Al Kaufman Eliot Bronson is the type of songwriter who could squeeze out something meaningful about taking out the trash. He writes heartfelt songs with dark humor and backs them with his resonant voice and swampy instruments. Back in his hometown of Baltimore, he was dubbed a “folk-singing wunderkind.” He then moved to Atlanta […]

Q&A with Dom Kelly from A Fragile Tomorrow; Playing Eddie’s Attic March 19th

By Al Kaufman If you’re old enough to remember to Athens music invasion of the ‘80s, you have a friend in A Fragile Tomorrow. Although they hail from Charlestown, SC, twin brothers Sean (vocals, guitar) and Dom (drums, piano) Kelly, their brother Brendan Kelly (guitar), and friend Shaun Rhoades (bass) seem as Athens as REM. […]

CD Review: Sol Driven Train — Underdog; Playing @ Smith’s Olde Bar March 9th

Sol Driven Train Underdog By Al Kaufman Sol Driven Train is made up of a bunch of happy guys from Charleston, SC who love making music and probably listened to a lot of Jimmy Buffett as kids. Their songs consist of loose, rootsy melodies infused with horns.  They sing carefree songs about the glories of […]

CD Review: Tegan & Sara — Heartthrob

Tegan & Sara Heartthrob Warner Brothers By Al Kaufman The indie pop darlings have discovered the ‘80s. The goal of the seventh album for the Canadian twin sisters was to write a batch of fun ‘80s synth-pop love songs, but add an undertone of darkness. They succeeded. Ditching their producer from the last two albums, […]

CD Review: Erin McKeown — Manifestra

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. […]

CD Review: Faithless Town — American Refugee; Playing @ The Earl Wednesday, Nov 28th

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 […]

CD Review: Ben Folds Five — The Sound of the Life of the Mind

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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