Author Archives: VocalsOnTop

Album at a glance: Scott Hrabko & The Rabbits – Summer

Scott Hrabko & The Rabbits is a fun little project with plenty of twang and a whole lot of swing. The band trolls the dancy country music line with upbeat songs like “Anne Boleyn” and “Eyes of Bonny Blue.” Things … Continue reading

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250 word album review: Will Johnson – Hatteras Night, A Good Luck Charm

Will Johnson dissolved his group Centro-matic and his main focus is now on solo records. He made solo albums before the band came to its amicable end but now they are his primary vehicle for putting out music. It is … Continue reading

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Kochel Guitars, a unique recycling effort

When you see someone scavenging a fallen barn or junk pile you probably wouldn’t think that they are gathering materials for intricate musical instruments. That is exactly the case for Sean Kochel who makes traditional instruments from reclaimed material in … Continue reading

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250 word album review: Beck – Colors

I expected this to be one of the most disappointing albums of all time after hearing a couple singles. The songs “Wow” and “Up All Night” found my ears and I was instantly repulsed. The fact that this record has … Continue reading

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250 word album review: Toadies – The Lower Side of Uptown

The Toadies don’t break any ground with their new album “The Lower Side of Uptown” but they definitely are in a place in their career where they really don’t need to either. They still rely on heavy guitar hooks tearing … Continue reading

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The Dude Appears and the Return of The Ramey Memo by Danny R. Phillips

By Danny R. Phillips At just eighteen, Torrin Myers aka The Dude is a rapper of dedication and driven purpose. He twists and turns meanings, words turned inside out, with an ingeniousness and depth that belies his youth. Where some … Continue reading

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Concert Review: Craig Finn and John K. Samson at The Record Bar in Kansas City, MO 10/17/17

Seeing Craig Finn jolt to the side and point up in the air to emphasize his point is nothing unusual. His hand gestures are immediately noticeable and to be honest a little abrasive at first. The normally calm Finn may … Continue reading

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