Album Review: Old Time Family Jam

Dallas Moore with Mama Madgelee Hanes Moore Old Time Family Jam   This whole concept of what makes an artist (as opposed to an entertainer – and the difference there is beyond profound) relevant always makes for lively, uh, discussions, when there’s a properly libated assortment of friends and acquaintances gathered ‘round.  And while the…

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Album Review: The Ghost Wolves

The Ghost Wolves Man, Woman, Beast             The Ghost Wolves comprise of the husband-wife duo of Carley Wolf (vocals and guitar) and Jonathan Wolf (drums).  Mrs. Wolf has a swagger, pitch, and sense of fun that is part-Betty Boop, part-voodoo priestess.  She can also melt an amplifier.  Her husband can keep time so well with…

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Album Review: The Strypes

The Strypes Snapshot             Do you remember what you were doing when you were fifteen years old?  I was awkwardly stumbling into high school, listening to Devo cassettes on my Walkman, and looking forward to earning my 9th level Druid character enough experience points to advance him to 10th level. I was not making and…

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Travis Smith

  My home town of sweet ole Spartanburg is littered with some rich musical history and I try to bring that up every time I get a chance. Yeah, it’s  home to many legends and these days many soon to be favorites are playing all the wonderful places (most in walking distance) it has to…

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Album Review: Seth Turner

Seth Turner and the High Desert Drifters Nine Years And Several Miles Later   Apparently Nevada’s Seth Turner is on the Chris Wall plan when it comes to releasing records:  Pump one out, go play live and do other stuff for a decade or so, then hit the studio again. Well, ok.  That’s one way…

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Album Review: Rising Sun Orchestra

Rising Sun Orchestra – Self-titled                 I was walking down Red River Street in downtown Austin, Texas on the night of May 01, 2014, munching on a slice of cheese pizza and on my way to meet my wife at our car so we could go back to the hotel.  We’d spent the evening between…

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Album Review: Temples

Temples Sun Structures                 A friend of a friend once described this record as “the sound of cruising around London in the Sixties looking for kicks.”  Yep, she was right. Temples (James Bagshaw – guitar / vocals, Thomas Walmsley – bass, Samuel Toms – drums, Adam Smith – keyboards / guitar / backing vocals) are…

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Album Review: Lorelle Meets The Obsolete

Lorelle Meets the Obsolete Chambers                 You’ll like this record within eight seconds. That’s the time it takes for the first track, “What’s Holding You,” to kick into gear and get your feet tapping and head bobbing.  Lorelle’s vocals and guitars sway like an eagle around a sun-baked canyon while the Obsolete’s tick-tock percussion is…

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Album Review: King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard Oddments                 My wife and I were lucky enough to catch these Australian psych-rockers at their first performance in the United States.  It was in the early afternoon on the first day of the 2014 Austin Psych Fest, and they started off their tour with a great, wild show….

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Album Review: Higgins Waterproof Black Magic Band

Higgins Waterproof Black Magic Band                 It’s hard not to mention TV on the Radio when discussing Higgins Waterproof Black Magic Band.  That’s because HWBMB is the side project of Tunde Adebimpe, lead singer of TVOTR.  HWBMB allows Adebimpe (and his band mates Alex Holden, Ryan Sawyer, and Josh Werner) to explore different ground than…

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