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250 word album review: Say Hi – Caterpillar Centipede

Say Hi completes a big comeback with their latest album “Caterpillar Centipede.” They have picked up where they left off with the great run of “The Wishes & The Glitch” “Oohs & Aahs” and “Um, Uh Oh” from 2008 to … Continue reading

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250 word album review: William Elliott Whitmore – Kilonova

William Elliott Whitmore curiously busts out of the gate in his Bloodshot Records career with a covers album. The 10 songs here are largely familiar to Whitmore and some have been clamored for by fans for years. Whitmore’s legendary live … Continue reading

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250 word album review: Marc Ribot – Songs of Resistance 1942-2018

Marc Ribot’s album “Songs of Resistance 1972 – 2018” is a compilation. Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way let’s look at one of the most powerful protest albums in recent memory. Ribot enlists many of his big … Continue reading

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250 word album review: Murder By Death – The Other Shore

Murder By Death takes an ambitious step on their latest record “The Other Shore.” They attack a concept album with apocalyptic consequences and rocky results. You get the typically thunderous combination of Adam Turla’s baritone vocals with his aggressive vocal … Continue reading

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Album at a glance: Ian Fisher – Idle Hands

Ian Fisher builds his new album “Idle Hands” on a foundation of piano balladry. He strays from this structure occasionally but Fisher crooning with the black and white keys is the backbone here. On “Tables Turned” he shows his strong … Continue reading

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250 word album review: Tyler Childers – Live on Red Barn Radio I & II

Album reviews are usually just vaulted comparisons and the really good ones avoid that trap. There are good reasons for saying “sounds like…” in a review and no tricks will be pulled here because the best way to represent what … Continue reading

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250 word album review: Under The Big Oak Tree – The Ark

Under The Big Oak Tree is already well established as one of the finer bluegrass outfits in the Midwest and with their third album release they show they are still growing as a group. Literally and figuratively that is, they … Continue reading

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