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 […]

CD Review: White Rabbits — Milk Famous

White Rabbits Milk Famous TBD Records By Ellen Eldridge Though I barely remember 2009, I remember reviewing White Rabbits’ sophomore release It’s Frightening, which was produced by Britt Daniel of Spoon and earned the band comparisons to Spoon. The punchy and chaotic opening of “Percussion Gun” convinced me to jump out of bed, guzzle my […]

CD Review: Amy Ray — Lung of Love

Amy Ray Lung of Love Daemon Records By Scott Roberts Though Amy Ray is rightfully considered the more rock ‘n’ roll half of Atlanta’s beloved Indigo Girls (with Emily Saliers known more for the prettier songs), she’s also capable of flexing her melodic muscles, and she does so on her latest CD, Lung of Love, […]

CD Review: Lyle Lovett — Release Me; Playing Symphony Hall at Woodruff Arts Center, March 14

Lyle Lovett Release Me Lost Highway By Stephanie Roman Lyle Lovett is not your typical cowboy. Raised in Klein, Texas — a town named after an ancestor — he now owns a ranch and knows how to ride. But he studied journalism and German in school, and digs Hunter S. Thompson (even rumored to have […]

CD Review: fun. — Some Nights; Playing Center Stage, March 9

fun. Some Nights Fueled By Ramen By Justin Lyons It’s doubtful anyone would truly call fun. a “supergroup”, but their debut album Aim & Ignite showed promise as three talented musicians from indie acts banded together for a new project.  Side projects come and go, but this trio featuring Nate Reuss (The Format), Jack Antonoff […]

CD Review: R. Garcia — Resurgens

R. Garcia Resurgens Nophi By Ellen Eldridge The thing to like most about Resurgens, after the swelling with pride of discovering another Atlanta-based gem subsides, is simply the outstanding complexity of the layers and variance among tracks. When I first listened, I jumped around through the tracks a bit. Others may also feel a bit […]

CD Review: Kevn Kinney & The Golden Palominos — A Good Country Mile

Kevn Kinney & The Golden Palominos A Good Country Mile Redeye Label By Ellen Eldridge The opening to “Never Gonna Change,” with its harmonica calling like a name in the wind, recalls Blind Melon until Kevn Kinney starts singing; at that point something that may sound like Drivin’ N Cryin’ cries out with the stylish […]

CD Review: First Aid Kit — The Lion’s Roar

First Aid Kit The Lion’s Roar Wichita Recordings By Justin Lyons After one listen to The Lion’s Roar, the sophomore album from sister duo The First Aid Kit, the terms folk, alt country, twang all came to mind. That is until the band’s bio read “from Sweden.” Wait, what? Klara and Johanna Soderberg truly emulate […]

CD Review: Heartless Bastards — Arrow; Playing The EARL, March 2

Heartless Bastards Arrow Partisan Records By Al Kaufman Heartless Bastards answer the all important question: What if Adele was backed by a Texas band? Erika Wennerstrom, the vocal storm behind the band, has penned 11 songs that show off all her abilities. The soulful “Marathon” is followed by the poppy “Parted Ways,” until the song […]

CD Review: Tennis — Young and Old; Playing The EARL, March 10

Tennis Young and Old Fat Possum Records By Justin Lyons Tennis’ initial record Cape Dory immediately charmed with its indie kid storybook romance: boy meets girl, boy and girl sail across the world, boy and girl make beautiful music together.  A solid concept based on the love story of Patrick Riley and Alaina Moore.The album […]

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