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ALBUM REVIEW: BRIAN CULLMAN, “The Opposite Of Time”

The first – and most striking thing – upon first listen to Brian Cullman’s The Opposite Of Time is how much he reminds me...

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ALBUM REVIEW: ANDY METZ, “Delusions”

Sparse, clean and yet filled with color and feel, Delusions, the new album from Seattle native (and current Chicago resident) Andy Metz...

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ALBUM REVIEW: EVA CASSIDY, “Nightbird”

Some performers have a way with re-imagining and interpreting a song; some know how to give a great song a greater canvas; some can take a...

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ALBUM REVIEW: JAVIER ESCOVEDO, “Kicked Out Of Eden”

Kicked Out of Eden is only the second solo release by Javier Escovedo, who most people know as one of the founding members of The Zeros,...

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ALBUM REVIEW: OLD MAN CANYON, “Delirium”

Old Man Canyon is really the brainchild of multi-instrumentalist/singer/songwriter Jett Pace; this is the Vancouver-based outfit’s...

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ALBUM REVIEW: Buena Vista Social Club, “Lost and Found”

In 1997, Ry Cooder worked with World Circuit, a record label based in London, to record some of Cuba’s great musicians. The idea was to...

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ALBUM REVIEW: WRAY, “Hypatia”

Let’s get this straight right off the bat – this is very, very good.  Shimmering guitars and melodies; hooks and a clean,...

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ALBUM REVIEW: THE HOUNDS OF WINTER, “Band In A Box”

Usually, I really have a hard time with Christmas songs, mainly because a) I can’t digest Christmas for the obvious reasons and b)...

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ALBUM REVIEW: WESTERN STAR, “Fireball”

It’s a pleasure and refreshing to see and hear so many newer bands taking a direct, no-nonsense approach to rock and roll again...

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ALBUM REVIEW: SHURMAN, “East Side Of Love”

After nine albums, Austin’s Shurman are now gearing  up to drop a monumentally fine piece of music with East Side Of Love, their...

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ALBUM REVIEW: SPEED THE PLOUGH, “Now”

It’s comforting to know that after thirty-plus years, there are still some bands who know how to make great, fresh-sounding and...

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ALBUM REVIEW: LIL’ BUB, “Science & Magic”

Internet cats have become a phenomenon over the last couple of years – I think we’re all familiar with the hilarious “I...

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ALBUM REVIEW: JARED RABIN, “Something Left To Say”

Call it what you will – “alt country”, “americana” and any amount of hyperbole, but Jared Rabin’s debut...

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ALBUM REVIEW: GREYHOUNDS, “Accumulator”

How I missed this on its release in early 2014 is beyond my comprehension, but after seeing them a few nights ago on PBS’...

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ALBUM REVIEW: THE YAWPERS, “American Man”

This is rock and roll, the right way – the way we first experienced it as kids – songs about women, life, aggravation –...

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ALBUM REVIEW: JULIEN BAKER, “Sprained Ankle”

Twenty years old, still a student and my God, what a songwriter and singer.  Julien Baker of Memphis, Tennessee unleashes her solo debut...

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ALBUM REVIEW: JEFFREY FOUCAULT, “Salt As Wolves”

Jeffrey Foucault has been around for a while; two albums with a project called Cold Satellite and four solo albums.  This latest effort,...

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ALBUM REVIEW: GREY LANDS, “Right Arm”

A few short months ago, I introduced you to Grey Lands, the Ontario-based trio, with their single, “Another Lie”.  And now,...

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ALBUM REVIEW: DAN WHITLEY, “Calling All Gods”

This new album from Dan Whitley (yes, brother of the late, great Chris Whitley) is another exercise of finely-crafted, pure-American music...

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ALBUM REVIEW: BOBBY LONG, “Ode To Thinking”

A stellar collection of eleven songs from British singer-songwriter Bobby Long, a name I hadn’t been familiar with before but am now...

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ALBUM REVIEW: SARAH MCQUAID, “Walking Into White”

There is something I find immediately and charming about Sarah McQuaid’s voice upon first listen to her newest release, Walking Into...

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ALBUM REVIEW: THE BELLFURIES, “Workingman’s Bellfuries”

Passionate, rootsy rock & roll come right out at you immediately from Austin’s The Bellfuries.  This band, who’s been...

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ALBUM REVIEW: STEPHEN KALINICH & JON TIVEN, “Each Soul Has A Voice”

Stephen Kalinich and Jon Tiven have a career and and a list of credits as impressive as one can imagine. Amongst the luminaries, this would...

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ALBUM REVIEW: MALPAS, “Rain, River, Sea”

From the beginning of “Under Her Sails”, there is something immediately soothing about Malpas’ sound, found here on their...

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ALBUM REVIEW: THE KICKBACK, “Sorry All Over The Place”

Following what seems to be an upsurge in the Chicago area with new bands of different musical directions and a revitalized music scene of...

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ALBUM REVIEW: Burnside & Hooker, “All The Way To The Devil”

There must be something in the waters of Chicago, because the Windy City keeps spewing out these wonderful bands who have skill, style and...

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ALBUM REVIEW: Insect Ark, “Portal/Well”

Atmospheric, dark, moody – but not in way it can’t be enjoyed.  There is melody within the walls built by Insect Ark, the...

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ALBUM REVIEW: Satellite Hearts, “Desire Forces The Flow”

High in energy, melody and at times a Marc Bolan-like vocal, Philadelphia-based Satellite Hearts unleash their brand of rock & roll...

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ALBUM REVIEW: Built To Spill, “Untethered Moon”

From the first tub thumps of the drums into the guitar sludge on the opening track, you know you’re in for a good ride on this, the...

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ALBUM REVIEW: Kevin Sekhani, “Day Ain’t Done”

This is one fine piece of pure American music – a mixture of country, bluegrass, zydeco with some damned masterful playing and catchy...