CD Review: Nathan Beaver — Universal You; Playing Smith’s Olde Bar’s Atlanta Room, September 18

CD Review: Nathan Beaver — Universal You; Playing Smith’s Olde Bar’s Atlanta Room, September 18

Nathan Beaver Universal You Red Eye Gravy By Scott Roberts You have to admire Nathan Beaver’s tenacity. The Atlanta-bred singer/songwriter (now living in Nashville) began recording the follow-up to his 2004 debut CD in 2005 and due to a studio mishap, the 80 percent complete recording was lost. Understandably emotionally distraught and financially strapped, Beaver […]

CD Review: Marah — Life Is a Problem

CD Review: Marah — Life Is a Problem

Marah Life Is a Problem Valley Farm Songs By Al Kaufman Marah like to market themselves as “The Last Rock N’ Roll Band.” While clearly not true, it is easy to see why they would feel that way. Rock music is about attitude (an attitude that may include boasting that you’re the last rock band […]

CD Review: All Night Prowling Wolves — Make it Right; Playing The EARL, August 21

CD Review: All Night Prowling Wolves — Make it Right; Playing The EARL, August 21

All Night Prowling Wolves Make It Right The Gospel of Rhythm Recordings (Stickfigure) By Eileen Tilson Atlanta’s own All Night Prowling Wolves make it no secret that what you see is exactly what you get. An ’80s throw-back punk rock band, who like fast guitars, PBR and causing chaos. They even entitled themselves after a […]

CD Review: The Love Language — Libraries; Playing The EARL, September 3

CD Review: The Love Language — Libraries; Playing The EARL, September 3

The Love Language Libraries Merge Records By Jim Simpson Following his storage-space recorded lo-fi self-titled debut, The Love Language’s Stuart McLamb opens Libraries (on the indie darling Merge Records label) with a forlorn synth-train whistle that swells into glo-fi high drama on “Pedals,” as if Morrissey had just introduced his talented and less maudlin nephew.

CD Review: Colour Revolt — The Cradle; Playing The EARL, August 20

CD Review: Colour Revolt — The Cradle; Playing The EARL, August 20

Colour Revolt The Cradle New Fear/Dualtone By Al Kaufman For all intents and purposes, Colour Revolt should no longer be a band. In the last year they lost their recording contract with Fat Possum, then lost their guitarist, bass player and drummer. But Jesse Coppenbarger and Sean Kirkpatrick, (both vocalists, guitarists and keyboardists) soldiered on. […]

CD Review: Jay Brannan — In Living Cover; Playing Eddie’s Attic, September 7

CD Review: Jay Brannan — In Living Cover; Playing Eddie’s Attic, September 7

Jay Brannan In Living Cover Great Depression Records By Al Kaufman Jan Brannan is not a happy guy. He is a self-described “antisocial misanthrope.” His Christmas song is titled “Christmas Really Sucks.” His record company is called Great Depression Records. He hates dogs, Air Canada, and the Best Buy on 23rd and 6th in Manhattan. […]

CD Review: Wavves — King of the Beach; Playing The Drunken Unicorn, September 30

CD Review: Wavves — King of the Beach; Playing The Drunken Unicorn, September 30

Wavves King of the Beach Fat Possum By Noel Wurst “She won’t listen…I still feel stupid…I hate my writing…my head just hangs…I hate myself…I still hate my music, misery will you comfort me…I bet you laugh right behind my back…I’m an idiot, I’m a fool…I’m just not fast enough…I’m so lame…my own friends hate my […]

CD Review: von Grey- Von Grey; Playing Chastain Park Amphitheatre with Sarah McLachlan, August 5

CD Review: von Grey- Von Grey; Playing Chastain Park Amphitheatre with Sarah McLachlan, August 5

von Grey von Grey Unsigned By Eileen Tilson Besides the fact that it is unsanitary and unprovable, millions of people have kissed the Blarney Stone in Ireland, hoping that some of the famed Irish luck will rub off on them.  Even being near anything Irish, creates the sort of illusion that good things are coming. […]

CD Review: Kele – The Boxer

CD Review: Kele – The Boxer

Kele The Boxer Glassnote Music By Chris Homer The Boxer, the debut solo album from Kele, marks a shift in style from the sound of his work in Bloc Party. While Bloc Party combined elements of guitar-driven rock with electro, The Boxer is almost entirely devoid of guitar. Instead, Kele focuses on bringing forward electronic […]

CD Review: Stone Temple Pilots — Stone Temple Pilots; Playing Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, October 3

CD Review: Stone Temple Pilots — Stone Temple Pilots; Playing Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, October 3

Stone Temple Pilots Stone Temple Pilots Atlantic By Ellen Eldridge The biting announcement of Core’s “Dead and Bloated,” released in 1992, has been replaced with the underhanded pinch of “Between The Lines,” which, along with lyrics in several songs including the chorus to “Hazy Daze,” could be a reflection of feelings expressed toward Mary Weiland’s […]

CD Review: M.I.A. – /\/\/\Y/\ (Maya); Playing The Tabernacle, September 16

CD Review: M.I.A. – /\/\/\Y/\ (Maya); Playing The Tabernacle, September 16

M.I.A. /\/\/\Y/\ (Maya) N.E.E.T. Recordings By Giles Turnbull This album has everything, from paranoia to power tools, and that’s just the first 60 seconds. If you loved Arular and Kala, then Maya, M.I.A.’s third studio album, won’t disappoint! It’s full of the same quirky lyrics, infectious tunes and banging beats that’ll keep you dancing along, […]

CD Review: Steve Miller Band — Bingo!; Playing Verizon Wireless Ampitheater, July 30

CD Review: Steve Miller Band — Bingo!; Playing Verizon Wireless Ampitheater, July 30

Steve Miller Band Bingo! Roadrunner By Al Kaufman Steve Miller has sold exactly 1.6 gazillion copies of the Steve Miller Band Greatest Hits 1974-78. In the ’80s, every single person in the United States either owned a copy or knew a person who owned a copy. For college freshmen, the album came in the orientation […]

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