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Noa Babayof

Noa Babayof

For the readers and listeners unfamiliar with the Israeli singer-songwriter/folkstress Noa Babayof and her new album, From a Window To a Wall, I feel it is best to offer two words of description for the benefit of your potential listening experience: woodland creatures. Now that we have that out of the way, please allow me […]

Sister Hazel

Sister Hazel

Anyone who’s heard Sister Hazel on a recent album, or who has gotten the opportunity to hear the band in a live setting knows that they are as hungry as ever to be seen as the hardest working rock-alternative act to survive the mid-90s wave. Their albums are consistently solid chunks of radio-worthy Americana-tinged pop, […]

Girl Talk

Girl Talk

I received an email from Illegal Art, Girl Talk’s record label, that the new record would be shipping soon and could be acquired on the website. Being a reviewer and a definite fan, I assumed I would’ve found out about it earlier or at least known when the release date was going to be, but […]

Tristan Prettyman

Tristan Prettyman

Yuck. Adult contemporary, pseudo-blues that sounds like Bonnie Raitt backwash. I get Tristan Prettyman from the standpoint of a major label executive for no other reason than the fact that she’s easily marketable. For one, she’s the definition of a true beauty. She’s like a freckly faced, brunette version of a younger Michelle Pfeiffer circa […]

What Laura Says

What Laura Says

Were ADD-addled musicians stealing their older sibling’s copies of Blueberry Boat in 2004? It’s a question that arises every time some sprightly young musical shape-shifters come along with an album that’s a hopelessly ebullient collection of sonic smorgasbords. It’s one that listeners will undoubtedly ask themselves over and over again as they listen to the […]

Head Like a Kite

Head Like a Kite

What do you get when you combine an indie-rock musician with a hip-hop aesthetic? I’m not talking about rap-rock as I was one of the many happy to see that genre meet its demise. Dave Einmo (formerly of Spyglass and Sushirobo), the brain behind Head Like a Kite, has the answer. Fusing electronic-progressive production with […]

The Octopus Project & The Diagonals

The Octopus Project & The Diagonals

Webster’s defines dissonance as “a mingling of discordant sounds.” It defines melody as “a sweet, agreeable arrangement of sounds.” Regardless of what I may have thought at the beginning of the evening, by the end of the night I understood that these were not mutually exclusive terms. Listening to The Diagonals and The Octopus Project, […]

Matthew Perryman Jones

Matthew Perryman Jones

Matthew Perryman Jones is not the most popular non-country singer/songwriter in Nashville. That honor vacillates between Andy Davis and Dave Barnes, mostly depending on who happens to be wearing hipper-looking clothes at the moment. But at any given moment, Mr. Jones is far better at what he does than either of those fellows (sorry ladies, […]

Oxford Collapse

Oxford Collapse

Alcohol: the cause of, and solution to, all of life’s problems. So sayeth wise philosopher Homer J. Simpson. But here’s the quandary. At what point does the combination of hops and barley stop acting as the former and start becoming the latter? Before I continue, I should say that this question does not apply to […]

Setting Sun

Setting Sun

Darkly original and dreamlike, Children of the Wild is earthy, yet spiritual. Gary Levitt, the man behind Setting Sun, shows his deep thought process in this third effort from the band. Gary and a rotating cast of musicians including Erica Quitzow, from the band Quitzow, play on this album. There are layers of folk, indie […]