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Amy Ray – Goodnight Tender (take 2)

Amy Ray – Goodnight Tender (take 2)

Amy Ray is undoubtedly best known for being one half of the folk-rock duo Indigo Girls. She’s been on the music scene for decades and has explored expanses that span the musical map. On her new release, though, she feels like she’s found her home; like she might settle down and stay awhile. Goodnight Tender […]

Amy Ray – Goodnight Tender

Amy Ray – Goodnight Tender

Insert a snide comment about country as formula: my dog died, my woman left, I love my truck, God bless America. It’s the staple hip defamation of the music that the old townies listen to while us young folks tout our new-wave freak-folk and politically astute hip hop. But Amy Ray is unapologetic about Goodnight […]

Wetwood Smokes – Earth Tones & Red EP

Wetwood Smokes – Earth Tones & Red EP

There is a moment on Wetwood Smokes’ debut EP, Earth Tones & Red, where you get a clear sense of what the future might hold for this engaging trio. The opener, “A Better Man,” is an echoing, hook-heavy guitar track that would be gold on college radio and even modern rock radio while we’re at […]

Marla Mase – Half-Life EP

Marla Mase – Half-Life EP

There are some artists who intentionally change up their sound in an effort to avoid categorization, making subtle shifts in a calculated way of trying to stay fresh and inviting. And while that’s not a terrible thought, perhaps more engaging are those artists whose sound shifts and confounds with it’s unique changes just by virtue […]

The Clientele – Suburban Light (Reissue)

The Clientele – Suburban Light (Reissue)

It shouldn’t be a surprise that The Clientele stared out as close to fully formed as they did. Afterall, they didn’t as much create a sound as carefully curate one. Alasdair Maclean surely has to have tremendous record collection of sun-dappled, 60s and 70s pop. Obviously, almost nobody listens to just one type of music; however […]

The Coathangers – Suck My Shirt

The Coathangers – Suck My Shirt

“Wait for it” hasn’t historically been a prominent punk rock adage over the years, but there’s a little bit of that somewhat counterintuitive spirit floating around the Coathangers fourth album, Suck My Shirt. Take the video for the first single from the album, for “Follow Me,” which has their fellow Atlanta friends Mastadon dolled up […]

Swans – Live at Bowery Ballroom

Swans – Live at Bowery Ballroom

Swans is not the type of band to take victory laps. Playing New York City, some 30 years after their inception, Swans clearly felt no need to get sentimental about being back in its city of origin. And I don’t mean to say the band fell short of delivering a sloppily emotional paean to N.Y.C. (lord knows there are […]

Marty McKay – Sin’s Disciple

Marty McKay – Sin’s Disciple

Concept albums are always tricky. On one hand, as an artist your vision is set and the material should flow right out of it, keeping you from wandering. Yet, on the other hand, some concepts can be in danger of eclipsing the vision, either forcing the material to expand, sometimes beyond its bounds or simply […]

Engine – Red Moon Rises

Engine – Red Moon Rises

“Shake hands with the walking dead/and the living tired.” Louisiana is a state often associated with swamp music. The Delta blues. Zydeco and Cajun. Space-Western. Wait, what? Engine, local indie rock heroes of the small-but-proud community of Shreveport, LA, have returned with their most ambitious studio endeavor to date and cover new ground for their […]

Dinah Thorpe – Lullabies and Wake Up Calls

Dinah Thorpe – Lullabies and Wake Up Calls

Some people just know how to call it like they see it. Take Dinah Thorpe for example. On her third full-length album she takes the world to task—albeit in a loving way—for being overly corporate, relationally detached and for not being able to see through slick fundraising efforts, and she lampoons the rich and the […]