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250 word album review: Smoking Popes – Into The Agony

The Smoking Popes have been around forever and the fact that the word “agony” is in the title of this album couldn’t be more appropriate, not because the record is bad, quite the contrary, the album is amazing. The 10 … Continue reading

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250 word album review: Melanie Brulée – Fires, Floods & Things We Leave Behind

Country music is stronger than it has been in decades. Tons of young artists are pushing through with really strong country and western records and that wouldn’t have happened even a few years ago. Now a new wave of the … Continue reading

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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: 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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250 word album review: Lucero – Among The Ghosts

  Lucero returns with more of what makes Lucero great. Honest, heartfelt lyrics bedded in whiskey soaked guitar licks with Ben Nichols signature rasp. The band doesn’t do anything here they’ve never done before but they are doing it as … Continue reading

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250 word album review: The Hold Steady – The Stove & The Toaster

  The opening line “Let’s just say they owe me a favor…” is probably about as good as Springsteen’s “They blew up the chicken man in Philly last night…” The line leads to a typically twisted Craig Finn penned tale … Continue reading

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250 word album review: Ike Reilly – Crooked Love

In the mid and late 60s there was a certain group of musicians fighting for a sound that is hard to define. It was pure rock and roll but also had a sense of self deprecation and swagger all at … Continue reading

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