Michael Franklin and Terry Jennings on Waylon

A CONVERSATION WITH TERRY JENNINGS   The 1970s and early ‘80s were half-drunk and hollow-eyed.  There were wars, rumors of wars, fuel shortages, disco infernos, and acres of corduroy.  Everybody looked like Harry Reams (men from the neck up, women from the waist down) and didn’t exactly interpret Sodom and Gomorrah as a cautionary tale. …

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Album Review: Wicked Spell

Chad Sullins and the Last Call Coalition Wicked Spell   In 2012 we reviewed Incommunicado, the sophomore full-length album from Chad Sullins and his flat out impressive band, The Last Call Coalition.  We found a lot to love about that record, along with a few head scratchers.  Rekindled an old love affair with intelligent rock…

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Outlaw Fest – Bowling Green, KY

Big G’s Texas Roadshow August 2014 Imagine four days in the fall in Western Kentucky, Bowling Green to be exact. Don and Phil Everly popularized it in song. Chevrolet put its Corvette Assembly Plant there and constructed the National Corvette Museum there. Yes, the one recently vandalized by a sinkhole under the building. With an…

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Album Review: Dahga Bloom’s No Curtains

Dahga Bloom No Curtains             My wife and I walked in late to Dahga Bloom’s set at the 2014 Austin Psych Fest.  I wish we could’ve seen the whole thing.  It was loud, wild, and heavy.  I then noticed they had three bass players (Manny Lopez, Zach Nelson, and Matt Mason).  Being a former bass…

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Album Review: Bo Ningen’s III

Bo Ningen   III             One word to describe this Japanese acid-punk quartet: Jaw-dropping. I’d heard a lot of good buzz about these guys (Taigen Kawabe – bass / vocals, Yuki Tsujii – guitar, Kohhei Matsuda – guitar, Monchan Monna – drums) on BBC Radio of all places.  I later learned I shouldn’t have been…

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Album Review: Do Not Engage

The Pack A.D. Do Not Engage             This duo is described on their website as a “two-headed rock and roll beast.”  I’m not sure I can do much better than that in my description of Becky Black (guitar, lead vocals) and Maya Miller (drums, vocals) or their searing new album, Do Not Engage, but I…

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Album Review: The Joy Formidable

The Joy Formidable Wolf’s Law                 This should come as a surprise to no one: The Joy Formidable have released another solid record.  The British trio of Rhiannon “Ritzy” Bryan (guitar and vocals), Rhydian Dafydd (bass and backing vocals), and Matthew Thomas (percussion and drums) has yet to release a bad record.  Wolf’s Law is…

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The 4th of July

On July the 4th, 1776, a congress of citizens in what would become the United States of America declared – on behalf of a small cluster of colonies clinging to North America’s eastern seaboard – that a people could and would be united against and independent of the rule of a king.  It was just…

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