A Place To Bury Strangers – Transfixiation

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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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10,000 Maniacs: Twice Told Tales

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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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BUDDY GUY LIVE AT LEGENDS REVIEW

Buddy Guy at Buddy Guy’s Legends – Chicago, IL – January 08, 2015 I’ve wanted to see Buddy Guy play at his own club for almost twenty years.  He does a residency at his club each January and all his shows normally sell out.  I’ve never been able to work out the dates with my…

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The Young – Chrome Cactus

Hailing from Austin, Texas, The Young have been knocking out solid rock albums since 2007.  Their newest, Chrome Cactus, is a welcome addition to their catalogue and to your music collection. The first track, “Metal Flake,” could be a song about a burned-out metal head.  The heavy opening riffs, fuzzed guitars, and sort-of distant lyrics…

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Elephant Stone – The Three Poison

I must admit that I’m biased toward this band and this album.  Elephant Stone is one of my wife’s favorite bands and we were lucky enough to see them perform this album live at the 2014 Austin Psych Fest pre-party show.  I’ve been looking forward to the release of The Three Poisons ever since. “Motherless…

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Billy Dee Williams – Let’s Misbehave

Yes, you are reading that right.  Billy Dee Williams, star of such films as Lady Sings the Blues, Hit!, Nighthawks, and some little movies called Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back and Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, cut an album. This forgotten album from 1961 was a collection of Broadway standards and original songs…

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Feature: Nik Havert And The Day Job

The Police Aren’t the Military, but Many Want Us to Be             As the events in Ferguson, Missouri unfolded, many wondered why police departments needed Humvees, assault rifles, and military grade helmets, masks, and armor.  I was asked by the editor-in-chief  here at Outlaw to write an opinion piece on this since I have been…

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Album Review: The Delta Saints

The Delta Saints Live at Exit / In Formed in 2007, the Delta Saints (Ben Ringel – vocals / resonator guitar, Dylan Fitch – lead guitar, David Supica – bass, Ben Azzi – drums, Nate Kremer – organ) have built a rabid fan base with their mix of blues, swamp rock, punk swagger, and music…

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Album Review: Holy Wave

Holy Wave       Relax             You won’t have any trouble doing what the psychedelic five-piece known as Holy Wave asks you to do in the title of their new album, Relax.  The whole album is a groovy psychedelic bliss trip. “Do You Feel It,” the first track on the album, floats along like something you’d…

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Album Review: Eagulls

Eagulls self-titled             Just so you know, Eagulls destroy any comparisons to The Eagles right out of the gate.  Don’t even think of claiming this British punk band is ripping off the California classic rock band.  Eagulls (Mark Goldsworthy – guitar, Henry Ruddel – drums, Liam Matthews – guitar, Tom Kelly – bass, George Mitchell…

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