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CD Review: Griffin House – Flying Upside Down

  Griffin HouseFlying Upside DownNettwerk By Al Kaufman Many a musician has made a living playing music from the heartland. It is a sound that is full and majestic, while simultaneously speaking in the voice of the regular guy. Griffin House has thatsound down, thanks largely to producer Jeff Trott (Sheryl Crow), who called in […]

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CD Review: Pierce Pettis — That Kind of Love

Pierce PettisThat Kind of LoveCompass Records by Al Kaufman Pierce Pettis came out of that '80s folk movement that brought us the likes of Suzanne Vega, Tracy Chapman and Bill Morrissey. Like the three aforementioned songwriters, Pettis does not waste his time navel gazing or spouting platitudes. He writes honest little stories and slices of […]

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CD Review: Funeral Party – The Bootleg EP

Funeral Party The Bootleg EP Independent Label Group By Alexandra Edwards Funeral Party, a four-piece from working class East LA, have released a promising three-song EP that showcases their considerable popularity as a backyard-party band.  The Bootleg EP may not reinvent the genre, but it definitely proves they have an aptitude for post-punk dance music.

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CD Review: Love Willows – Hey! Hey!

  The Love WillowsHey! Hey!Decca by Al Kaufman It must be the dour economic times that makes people want to listen to unabashedly happy music. Last year we had the Submarines out of LA, and this year it's time for Atlanta's Love Willows. The duo of singer Hope Partlow and multi-instrumentalist and singer Ryan Wilson are […]

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CD Review: Ying Quartet — Dim Sum

Ying QuartetDim SumTelarc **** by Al Kaufman Ah, these Ying kids. Three brothers and a sister make up a classical quartet consisting of two violins, a viola, and a cello. But this is not the classical music your stodgy old grandmother listens to. The CD is named Dim Sum because, like the food, these are […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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