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Annabel

Annabel

The indie pop tunes of Annabel are slowly setting the critics and audience abuzz – moving outward from their native Ohio into new regions with each release. The latest batch of infectiously sweet songs is called Each and Everyone and it might just be enough to catapult the band to nationwide acclaim. Armed with a […]

Rosewood Thieves

Rosewood Thieves

The particular brand of folk rock that the Rosewood Thieves create shouldn’t necessitate so much effort to keep things in front of your face. Songs like “Los Angeles” and the entirety of their new album, Rise & Shine, certainly stand tall on their own merit, and many have taken notice with placements on HBO’s Entourage […]

Thursday

Thursday

Geoff Rickly likes his latest album. That’s not always been the case for the Thursday front man, but it seems to echo the same sentiments that many critics and longtime fans of the post-hardcore band hold about Common Existence – the early ’09 release from the New Jersey natives. As leaders of the post-hardcore movement, […]

Kill The Alarm

Kill The Alarm

From Granian to Kill the Alarm Garen Gueyikian has completely changed his musical clothes. Early on, my first encounter with Gueyikian came at a Matt Nathanson show and Granian was the opener on the bill. It was a sweet, short singer/songwriter set with a passionate, soulful vocalist armed only with his acoustic guitar. Fast forward […]

Solomon’s Seal

Solomon’s Seal

The beauty of Simon Petty’s solo debut caught me completely off-guard. I’ve caught his former act, Minibar, on tour with Pete Yorn in year’s past – their barroom Americana perfectly suited for Yorn’s gritty, Jersey-centered act. For the last 15 years, Minibar’s toured with the likes of Wilco, the Jayhawks, the Wallflowers and other similar […]

Sleeping At Last

Sleeping At Last

Everything’s different concerning the new Sleeping At Last release and yet, thus far, the early returns look promising. It’s a risky move for a group with a glacial recording pace (every three years) but the new look (and sound) of SaL is making waves both critically and with their audience. Now a two-piece after longtime […]

Drive-By Truckers

Drive-By Truckers

Patterson Hood is back in the studio making the rock record that might just excite you to the most in 2010. The reason is that his band, The Drive-By Truckers, are only limited by their imagination, he says, and that they’re ready to simply make an “in-your-face” record that will inform the live show. Building […]

Or, The Whale

Or, The Whale

Alex Robins, unfortunately, is not feeling well. “I actually have the flu, but I want to press on,” he laughs. “Hopefully, I’ll be better. I plan to get this out of the way now.” Robins and the seven other members of the band Or, the Whale are preparing for the release of their second, self-titled, […]

Tim Williams

Tim Williams

When Work Is Done reached my personal top 20 list of favorite records from 2007. The beautiful singer/songwriter effort turned my head from the outset and drew me in like few acoustic records that year. Imagine my surprise, then, when I heard the news that Tim Williams is going electric. The results, luckily, still strike […]

The Almost

The Almost

Aaron Gillespie says he’s anxious about the new album. Then again, he says he’s anxious about anything and everything. But you’d think he’d be able to relax after the success that’s come his way as both the drummer for Underoath and the front man for The Almost – two rock acts with throngs of fans […]