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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 […]

Internal Debate: Pete Yorn & Scarlett Johannson

Internal Debate: Pete Yorn & Scarlett Johannson

The question before our Staff Writers for this latest go ’round for Internal Debate was a curious one. Namely, what happens when you combine a Hollywood starlet like Scarlett Johannson with the Jersey grit of Pete Yorn? It’s an unlikely pairing, but after She & Him, anything seems possible, I suppose. So in an effort […]

New Roman Times

New Roman Times

Austin’s been good for Daniel Owens. The front man for New Roman Times – which also features Owens’ wife, Josie Fluri on bass, Harris Thurmond on guitar and Mike Allen on drums – labored with his band mates through the last few years watching the label-situation-turns-bad cliche come true and wondered how to pick up […]

Passafire

Passafire

The spark that ignited a growing flame began in 2003 in Savannah, Ga., when four Savannah College of Art and Design students formed Passafire – a group now known for their masterful musicianship, electric live show and uncanny ability to meld a an array of musical styles with a healthy dose of reggae. Six years […]

Bad Veins

Bad Veins

Cincinnati’s Bad Veins are en route from Toronto, Ontario to Danbury, Connecticut, on tour behind their just-released eponymous debut, and things are a bit rocky. But traffic snafus and absent tour mates aren’t slowing Benjamin Davis (vocals, guitar, keys) and Sebastien Schultz (drums) down. Why? Because they already have momentum in spades. Besides signing with […]

Internal Debate: Arctic Monkeys, Humbug

Internal Debate: Arctic Monkeys, Humbug

The early returns, at least from our end, on Humbug, the latest from Arctic Monkeys, should merit major consideration for Album of the Year when it comes time to vote. Five reviewers weighed in on the latest from across the pond and all five shower it with effusive praise. Thus, the idea of Internal Debate […]

Doug Pray: Art & Copy

Doug Pray: Art & Copy

For his latest subject, documentarian Doug Pray once again found an unlikely story to tell. The difference this time is that he stays above the surface. For the past several years, Pray’s focus mostly involved stories from the underground – the lives of graffiti artists (Infamy), an entire surf family (Surfwise), hip-hop deejays (Scratch), and […]

Pseudo Slang

Pseudo Slang

Emcee Sick labels his plight a cliched one, at best. And he’s right. The story behind the Buffalo hip-hop duo Pseudo Slang is the typical musical tale of those involved trying to make good on their industry dreams. In this case, it’s not about image or fame or money, although undoubtedly each and every one […]

Mew

Mew

Jonas Bjerre can’t stop toying with his own music. And that’s most likely what makes us tune in so closely to the beautiful meanderings found within the Scandinavian pop/rock textures of Mew. The now-trio’s music becomes so complex in places with so many layers interacting and weaving that it’s impossible to describe. One minute, it’s […]