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Keeps – Brief Spirit

Keeps – Brief Spirit

Early on in the sixth season of The X-Files, there is a two-episode series called “Dreamland.” Its title, of course, taken from the nickname for the top-secret Air Force facility Area 51. In the first episode, Mulder is driving around Area 51 with his partner Scully when they are stopped by a car full of […]

Woodpigeon – T R O U B L E

Woodpigeon – T R O U B L E

“Fence”, the stage-setting track on Mark Andrew Hamilton’s latest album as Woodpigeon, speaks in the imagery of a storied North American geography. “Don’t fence me in/ Give me land, lots of land/ Stretching miles across the West” it yearns, repurposing sections of the Robert Fletcher poem (turned into song by Cole Porter in 1934) “Don’t […]

Ra Ra Riot – Need Your Light

Ra Ra Riot – Need Your Light

Clarity from the outset: Need Your Light is 2016’s first excellent pop album. What is not clear is the path that Ra Ra Riot will take from here. Exemplary pop albums will often find themselves championed for the long haul. In many cases, the year in music will “belong” to the artist who released it. […]

Petty: The Biography

Petty: The Biography

One purpose of a celebrity biography is to leave the reader feeling like they know the subject, even though they’ve never met him/her. With Petty: The Biography, Warren Zanes made just such an introduction. Sometimes, though, when you meet a musical hero, you secretly wish afterwards you never had. And some of those regretful feelings […]

Ron Block, Carter’s Creek Christmas

Ron Block, Carter’s Creek Christmas

Let’s be honest. There comes a time about halfway through the push to Christmas where we’re overloaded, worn down, and in need of some respite from the relentless push of the crowds, the traffic, the wrapping, the cookies, and so, so much more. We just need a good drink, a comfy chair, and some peace. […]

The Brian Setzer Orchestra – Rockin’ Rudolph

The Brian Setzer Orchestra – Rockin’ Rudolph

Ever since their first steps into the realm of Christmas music with 2002’s Boogie Woogie Christmas, the music of The Brian Setzer Orchestra has set the tone for many a holiday celebration. Combining elements of swing, rockabilly, jump blues, and more, the collective managed to create a sound that was at once old and yet […]

Marc Broussard – Magnolias & Mistletoe

Marc Broussard – Magnolias & Mistletoe

Christmas albums, despite their innocuous nature, have to be something of a challenge for an artist. Consider the fact that most Christmas songs have been covered by hundreds of artists and that trying to reimagine them could easily blow up in one’s face. Plus, there’s the added challenge of trying to craft an original that […]

Elessar Thiessen – A Rainy Week in Paradise

Elessar Thiessen – A Rainy Week in Paradise

Adding his hat to the growing ring of musical free spirits is Canadian-based Elessar Thiessen who delivers plenty of soulful vibes on his full length debut, A Rainy Week in Paradise. With sonic influences that range from Jason Mraz to John Mayer, Thiessen is deceptively talented, his easygoing casual manner one that takes listeners by […]

Bitter’s Kiss, Bitter’s Kiss

Bitter’s Kiss, Bitter’s Kiss

Thanks to marketing gurus and the likes of outlets like American Idol, The Voice, and Radio Disney, not to mention a plethora of others, musical acts are coming at us at ages that are consistently younger and younger. The trend that artists like Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake created, with fellow artists Miley Cyrus, Ariana […]

The Oh Hellos – Live @ Charlotte

The Oh Hellos – Live @ Charlotte

Last Friday evening, The Oh Hellos’ Dear Wormwood tour made its stop in Charlotte at the Visulite Theatre. Sold out around a week prior, the show was highly anticipated and excitement met patrons at the door as they filed into the theatre, ready for a night of folk and rock. With Cereus Bright at the head […]