CD Review: jENNiNGS — Take It or Leave; Playing Smith’s Olde Bar, April 17

jENNiNGS Take It or Leave Emerging Artists Music By Al Kaufman Singer/songwriter/pianist Mary Jennings is pretentious. A singer cannot use such a capitally-challenged moniker and not be thought so. She only enhances that perception on her live album, Take It or Leave. She includes an intro on every song because, you know, it’s like, important […]

CD Review: Tumbledown House — Fables and Falsehoods; Play Twain’s, April 19

Tumbledown House Fables and Falsehoods Silent Coyote Music By Al Kaufman Welcome to the Roaring ’20s, in all its sexy, boozy, violent glory. Montana’s Tumbledown House are so fresh and exciting because they do old so well. Vocalist Gillian Howe and jazz guitarist Tyler Ryan Miller have surrounded themselves with all sorts of cool cats, […]

CD Review: The District Attorneys — Slowburner; Playing The EARL, April 14

The District Attorneys Slowburner This Is American Music By Justin Lyons The District Attorneys’ Slowburner would be easy to describe as southern rock reminiscent of The Drive-By Truckers.  Much like The Drive-By Truckers, the quintet hails from Athens, but their debut album is more akin to the diverse stylings of My Morning Jacket and Band […]

CD Review: Halestorm — The Strange Case Of…

Halestorm The Strange Case Of… Atlantic Records By Ellen Eldridge Hard-living, ass-kicking women who are also attractive and able to sing are just what this world needs more of, and this is exactly what Halestorm’s front woman, Lzzy Hale, brings to the table with The Strange Case Of…. The single, “Love Bites (And So Do […]

CD Review: Birdy — Birdy

Birdy Birdy Warner Brothers/14th Floor By Al Kaufman America is not the only country that makes huge stars out of televised music competitions. Birdy (whose real name, Jasmine van dem Bogaerde is a little more difficult to articulate) is a 15-year-old phenom from the UK who took the grand prize on Open Mike UK at […]

CD Review: NovaKord — Out There; Playing The Basement, April 7

NovaKord Out There Self-Released By Ellen Eldridge Atlanta-based NovaKord started up just over a year ago, but it’s no surprise the guys have a fervent following because fans who’ve followed bassist Billy Snyder and drummer Johnny Cunningham through projects including Axis of Audio and Last, which included Wes Daniel on vocals and guitar, completely understand […]

CD Review: Shinedown — Amaryllis; Playing Project Cinco at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, May 6

Shinedown Amaryllis Atlantic By Ellen Eldridge Shinedown may sound like a guilty pleasure for fans afraid to admit they enjoy mainstream music, but with its fourth studio release, Amaryllis, Shinedown brings more than catchy melodies and contagious vocal lines. The fast-paced introduction with “Adrenaline” proves Shinedown is not merely a pop band, and though the […]

CD Review: The Good Graces — Wildcat Creek

The Good Graces Wildcat Creek Eskimo Kiss By Jim Simpson Wildcat Creek finds The Good Graces’ founder Kim Ware taking her brand of minimalist indie folk-pop to another level with a mere four songs featuring the threesome of Ware, producer/musician Jay Manley and his wife Jane Francis. Local multi-instrumentalist Ware has been writing blazingly honest […]

CD Review: Pat Mastelotto — Recidivate

Pat Mastelotto Recidivate 7d Media By Ellen Eldridge Pat Mastelotto, the internationally-renowned drummer whose pioneering work with King Crimson, Mr. Mister and XTC has cemented him as one of experimental music and pop/prog-rock’s most talented percussionists, releasesd Recidivate, a collection of outtakes, rarities and highlights from the past 20 years of his career on March […]

CD Review: Fanfarlo — Rooms Filled With Light; Playing Vinyl, March 10

Fanfarlo Rooms Filled with Light Atlantic Records By Al Kaufman The indie-pop world took notice when Fanfarlo released their debut, Reservoir, in 2009. Now, three years later, Fanfarlo has gone back about 30 years to create their new sound. In listening to Rooms Filled with Light, one would not be unreasonable to believe the band […]

CD Review: Bowerbirds — The Clearing; Playing The EARL, April 15

Bowerbirds The Clearing Dead Oceans Review by Ellen Eldridge The third release by Bowerbirds, The Clearing, acts like a support beam stretching across the first two releases. The tightness of sound, mellowed by the luxuries accompanying the success it takes to make it to album three, showcases the simple honesty in its message. The band’s […]

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