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250 word album review: Rhett Miller – The Messenger

Rhett Miller wanders from his band the Old 97’s occasionally to record some solo records, “The Messenger” is his fifth to be exact. Many frontmen have solo careers that are essentially stripped down and quieter versions of their band, for … Continue reading

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Album at a glance: Art Thieves – Russian Rats

Art Thieves is punk to the core. Their album “Russian Rats” isn’t just for punk purists though, their natural knack for melody and hooks shines through despite the short, blistering songs on the album. The violently aggressive first two tracks, … Continue reading

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250 word album review: Ben Pirani – How Do I Talk To My Brother

It’s hard to imagine Ben Pirani nailing the old soul sound any more than he does on “How Do I Talk To My Brother.” The fact that so many artists are striving for this “new retro” is very refreshing. On … Continue reading

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250 word album review: The Tillers -The Tillers

The Tillers new record is filled with fiery bluegrass, aggressive flat picking and howling fiddle. The songs here rarely take a downshift in tempo from the opening song on. The closing number “Another Postcard” takes a deep breath after a … Continue reading

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250 word album review: Stone Blind – Devils, Liars & Fools

Stone Blind pays tribute to heavy low-end rock with their debut album. This bare bones band makes a lot of noise with limited instrumentation by making the most of them. The low-end of bass and drums power the songs while … Continue reading

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250 word album review: Eels – The Deconstruction

The last couple Eels albums have had some interesting turns. Mark Oliver Everett (“E”) has always made Eels music a hot and cold mix of uptempo songs and some slower songs but over the past couple albums the slower songs … Continue reading

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250 word album review: Okkervil River – In The Rainbow Rain

Okkervil River has deservingly built up a great and loyal following. They’ve done this with singer/cornerstone of the band Will Sheff leading the way exposing his heart and soul in his writing. The casual observer might think Sheff and company … Continue reading

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