A Place To Bury Strangers – Transfixiation


The opener on A Place to Bury Strangers excellent new record, Transfixiation, is “Supermaster.”  It has all you love from the band – Oliver Ackermann’s jangling guitars that skronk out weird sounds, lyrics about strange relationships, powerful drumming by Robi Gonzalez, and hypnotizing bass lines Dion Lunadon, but it doesn’t have the pummeling volume you…

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Long Live The King


He was born Riley B. King in a share cropper’s shack in Itta Bena, Mississippi. When he was young,  his first love (a girl from church named Peaches) burned to death in a car wreck while he was at church. He wrecked the tractor that was owned by the landowner that he served as a…

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10,000 Maniacs: Twice Told Tales


10,000 Maniacs, best known for their mega-hit “These Are Days,” have taken a bold step in their successful career by releasing Twice Told Tales – a collection of British Isles folk songs.  Some of these songs are centuries old and the band, with their mastery of traditional instruments and beats, brings fresh life to songs…

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The Hillbenders – Tommy: A Bluegrass Opry


Talk about an ambitious and ballsy project. Take a Rock ‘n Roll classic, the infamous  Rock Opera Tommy (The Who) nonetheless, and Bluegrass it up in style. This idea could have gone so horribly wrong. But producer Louis Jay Meyers found himself a group class act to pull it off.  He teamed up with Springfield, Missouri…

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Inarguably a major recording act, Tennessee Ernie Ford (1919-1991) sold an estimated 90 million albums worldwide, and charted 17 Top Ten country singles and four Top Ten pop singles over a 35-year recording career. And he played significant — and pioneering — roles in radio and television broadcasting. On September 25, 2015, Bear Family Records will release Tennessee Ernie Ford: Portrait…

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