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Somehow calling Seattle native Pete Droge a “singer/songwriter” just doesn’t seem to do him justice. The multi-instrumentalist isn’t just some aspiring singer with a guitar and a notebook hacking out songs and recording them on his computer thinking he will be the ...
Boston ska punks Big D and the Kids Table aren’t exactly known for churning out the same record again and again. In fact, you’d be forgiven for thinking 2009’s Fluent in Stroll and the recently released For the Damned, the Dumb & the Delirious were put ...
Drawing inspiration from the cold desolation of the northern Midwest, Milwaukee, Wisconsin’s Buffalo Gospel has crafted a pair or sparse, musically arresting albums that deftly combine the most ascetic elements of Americana alongside lyrical and musical allusions to iconic, morose country ...
Keeping the same day job for 20 years is a hell of an accomplishment. Even more amazing if that day job is in a punk band. Sure there has been a few lineup changes and a several side projects, but Southern, CA’s Swingin’ Utters are still turning ...
What a difference a year and a half makes. In late 2009, Brooklyn’s The Reveling turned in the decent 4-song EP 3D Radio. DIY to its core, the songs were solid, but clearly only hinted at what was to come. With the release this summer of the band’s new record Tributaries, their debut full ...

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Ever wonder who was the most pissed off guy in the 70's? My money is on Art Garfunkel. Simon & Garfunkel had just left the 60’s behind with a few Grammys and a number of stellar songs on their resume. After calling it quits, Paul Simon takes a year or two off and comes out with his eponymous 1972 self-titled debut, crammed with ...
Flying high off the success of 10 hit singles from his first four releases, Canadian blues rock guitarist Jeff Healey and his band - (bassist Joe Rockman, drummer Tom Stephen, and guests Pat Rush on guitar and Michael Pickett on harmonica) - took it all back to his Toronto hometown bar Grossman's in 1994. At the small tavern ...
Joe Jackson is the man. He’s been consistently making great music since he came on the scene in 1979. The Joe Jackson Trio is a newer incarnation for Jackson, stripping things down to a piano-bass-drums set up. And it works. Joe Jackson Trio Live Music Europe 2010 (Razor & Tie) was recorded during ...
Nick Cave is right up there with Leonard Cohen and the late Jeff Buckley as being one of those musicians everyone claims to love but if you look purely at record sales all three still hover closer to cult status rather than international superstars…which is far from being a bad thing (unless you have to pay a mortgage). If you’ve been resolving to actually listen to ...

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Have you ever been so enthralled with an album that you would have given anything to be a fly on the wall while it was being recorded? Meet Phill Brown. Brown is/was an English audio engineer whose first experience in the studio was watching his brother Terry engineer the tracks for The Yardbirds “For Your Love.” Starting in 1967, Brown started a long career and relationship with ...
In the front half of the '90s, Jim Miller was a guitarist and songwriter in the bands Black Angel's Death Song and Trash Can School. In the latter half of the decade, Miller turned band manager and promoter of the legendary downtown L.A. dive Al's Bar. Now Miller has chronicled his journey in the book "Niceness in the Nineties: An Indie Music Memoir."
A hybrid of fact and fiction, Bob Pfeifer’s latest is an impressively original look at secret societies and International corruption in the courtroom, all tied into the real life trial of Amanda Knox. “University of Strangers” is cleverly told through journal entries, interviews and news reports centering around ...
Given the paint-by-numbers memoirs that are being churned out at an alarming rate lately by rock stars that reveal just about nothing, it’s refreshing to read a collection of essays by a little known indie folk singer who reveals more about herself via humor than ...

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I still remember the first time I became aware of The Doobie Brothers. It was 1978. My best friend picked me up in his old Ford Galaxie and, referring to the cassette tape deck, asked, “Have you heard this? It’s incredible.” The song that was playing was “What a Fool Believes. I was instantly hooked. Two years later, I ...
Primal Scream has been around since 1982. Over the last 29 years they’ve gone through numerous personnel and stylistic changes and yet only have released nine albums. However, their third album, 1991’s Screamadelica, was a milestone. The album was heavily influenced by London’s ...
“Squidbillies” is by far the best cartoon depiction of redneck, inbred squids living in the Georgia’s Appalachian Mountains since… well ever. The Adult Swim show packaged in tidy 10 minute episodes was conceived by the same brains behind Adult Swim staple “Aqua Team Hunger Force,” so if ...
Along with having quite possibly the best named backup band in the recent history of rock, Glenn Tilbrook, the former front man of the influential UK pop rock band Squeeze, is also a fantastic pop music song writer. “Live in New York” showcases this better than just ...
At first glance, the phrase water on the road might evoke images of a rain-soaked highway, but for Eddie Vedders live concert DVD "Water on the Road" it is more than that. The Pearl Jam frontman loves the water. He has homes on the water in Seattle and Hawaii, he also surfs and paddle ...

Table of Contents

Issue 58 / August 2011
Features: Pete Droge, Big D and the Kids Table, Buffalo Gospel, Swingin' Utters, The Reveling
Album Reviews: BoDeans, Burn Halo, CKY, Chop Love Carry Fire, Elysian Fields, Farewell Continental, The Felice Brothers, Gazspacho, Generationals, Eoin Harrington, Hollywood Undead, Marissa Levy, Barrett Martin Group, My Goodness, Emily O'Halloran, Sam Phillips, The Riffbrokers, The Rosebuds, Jill Scott, Sonny and the Sunsets, Dave Stewart, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Vessels, Wheeler Brothers, Who Cares
Book Reviews: Are We Rolling?, Niceness in the Nineties, University of Strangers, You Must Go and Win
DVD Reviews: Doobie Brothers Live, Water On The Road, Glenn Tilbrook, Screamadelica Live, Squidbillies
Rereleases: Jeff Healey Band, Joe Jackson Trio Nick Cave, Paul Simon

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Sadly, for several of Americans the BoDeans will always be known as the guys who sang over the opening credits of “Part of Five”. For the uninitiated, Indigo Dreams, the band’s 10th record, shows exactly why The BoDeans were/are one of the best modern ...
It seems Burn Halo is content on learning from their mistakes. And while their self-titled debut wasn’t entirely a mistake, it was ultimately a record better left to be ...
As you might have guessed by looking at the title, CKY’s latest offering, B-Sides & Rarities, is just that, a collection of live, acoustic, previously unreleased and out-of-print material. But the thing is, for as avant-garde as the bands tenor normally ...
If Bob Dylan made an alt punk record in the 1990’s it would sound like Chop Love Carry Fire. The six song self-titled EP sprung from the collaboration of former Brad bassist Jeremy Toback, with journeyman drummer extraordinaire Butch Norton and Everest, Wash guitarist Joel Graves. The sound is a poetic mix of socio-political ...
One of the many factors that can determine an albums success is its range or consistency. Elysian Fields’ latest musical endeavor is a subtle mixture of the two. Throughout Last Night on Earth, their style moves from one end of the emotional ...
If you’re looking for serious, introspective music, just turn around now. Farewell Continental is straight-up lo-fi, 1990’s rock-inspired pop-punk rock ‘n roll. You with me? It’s obvious that the band doesn’t take themselves too seriously, did you ...
In their latest album, The Felice Brothers kick things off with a bang by opening with “Fire at the Pageant,” a dark and rowdy number that employs a number of unconventional instruments, among which are a train and yelling children. And if that isn’t ...
Having never been a huge fan of prog rock, I was pleasantly surprised that I didn’t immediately hate Gazpacho. Building on an impressive Radiohead impersonation, the group (whose name is reminiscent of a traditional Mexican soup), Missa Atropos does seem to capture the trademark ethereal feel of Radiohead circa Ok, Computer, but ...
Generationals, an indie rock duo from New Orleans, know how to craft some fun, bouncy rock. On their sophomore release, Actor-Caster, Generationals seem to capture the joy from artists such as The New Pornographers, Phoenix and Of Montreal. In fact, I swear ...
What do Hollywood, lovers and Eoin Harrington have in common? They all use music to set a mood. On his album Confess, Harrington manages to set a comfortable ambiance that draws us in with its soft-spoken sound and keeps our attention with ...
For Hollywood Undead, what a difference one album makes. With the release of the bands sophomore album American Tragedy, Hollywood Undead find themselves with a new lead singer Danny Murillo, who steps into the shoes of ...
First off, don’t let the title fool you: there aren’t 63 songs on this album. Actually, there aren’t even twelve or thirteen. This CD has a grand total of five songs: but they could all easily be ...
Barrett Martin is one of the greatest drummers to pick up a pair of sticks and sadly he is criminally underrated. Martin has been hitting the skins for decades drumming in such seminal acts Skin Yard, Screaming Trees, Mad Season and Tuatara. Although ...
The trend of two people in a band playing blues infused rock carries on with Seattle's My Goodness. Led by guitarist Joel Schneider and drummer Ethan Jacobsen the band quickly reminds the listener of the Black Key and the White Stripes, there is no ...
Before sending her debut album Morphine and Cupcakes out into the world, singer/songwriter, poet, and worldly vagabond Emily O’Halloran ...
Sam Phillips music, to me, embodies everything Paul McCartney poured into making “Eleanor Rigby.” I’ve always thought that, going back to when I first ...
Washington’s The Riffbrokers have managed to find a way to sound completely timeless. They play “rock” without any unnecessary prefix needed to describe their sound and as a result they could have recorded their latest Every Pilot’s Blinded By the Sun in the studio right next to ...
The Rosebuds are sweet. Not the slang kind of “sweet” that one exclaims when they see a great skateboard trick. The traditional meaning of the word sweet, one that ...
Jill Scott’s new album The Light of The Sun strolls in like a summer crush. So sexy, playful and refreshing, one doesn’t want it to end. There’s no doubting Miss Scott’s is one of the most soulful voices recording today. Her smooth, soulful style ...
With influences as varied as The Modern Lovers, 60’s garage rock and, I’m guessing, surf guitar legend Dick Dale, San Francisco’s Sonny & the Sunsets have created a perfect lo-fi record for the summer. With artist/playwright/musician Sonny Smith at its center, now ...
You know, some musicians are better off behind the scenes … and Dave Stewart, by virtue of his latest solo album, has demonstrated that he’s one of them. Stewart has done phenomenal work as a sideman, songwriter and producer over the ...
After a decade of successfully managing award winning solo careers alongside marriage and family, roots rock icons Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks had a revelation. They wanted to work together full time and devote themselves to a new joint ensemble they would co-lead, and thus ...
With Helioscope, the second full length from Leeds-based post rock band Vessels, delivers an album only a true music fan can appreciate. Part instrumental, part sung, there are no soaring choruses, no strong hooks or catchy sing-alongs on the record, but plenty of raw, ...
From what has become quite an epicenter of indie magic as of late, Austin spawns another Texan gem on which your eyes should be fixed: Wheeler Brothers. Born of brotherhood and longtime friends, this five-piece folk outfit, comprised of ...
Amazing. This is hard rock like they used to serve us in the 70s. Delicious. Pure. Energizing. Both tracks, “Out of My Mind” and “Holy Water” are engaging and filled with ...

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