Local Review: Atomic 45 – Wake Up Dead

Local Review: Atomic 45 – Wake Up Dead
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Atomic 45 = System of a Down + Rise Against + Anthrax … read more

Reviews: Turchi – Can’t Bury Your Past

Reviews: Turchi – Can’t Bury Your Past
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The beauty of the blues is that it’s so simple and raw that it can convey anything from anybody. It’s not playing different chords—it’s that one can play the same chords that have been played forever, and still play them with one’s own pain with one’s own soul. Turchi play a gritty, textured style of the blues, which, at times, is pretty remarkable … … read more

Local Reviews: Matthew Quen Nanes

Local Reviews: Matthew Quen Nanes
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Right in that new folk/punk singer-songwriter niche with a country touch, Nanes can put a tune together. This three-song EP shows a lot of potential. It’s different from a lot of the material I would compare it to, which is a very good thing. … read more

Local Review: Bullets & Belles – Be Glad

Local Review: Bullets & Belles – Be Glad
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Bullets & Belles play contemporary folk-infused with some of the most resonant vocal harmonies I can recall. It’s incredible to me that this group could sing every tune of theirs a cappella and still be captivating. … read more

Review: Scout Paré-Phillips – Heed the Call
Local Review: The Highway Thieves – Self-titled

Local Review: The Highway Thieves – Self-titled
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The Highway Thieves = Justin Townes Earle + John Mellencamp + Tim Barry … read more

Review: Tim Barry – Raising Hell & Living Cheap: Live in Richmond
Review: Jonny “Two Bags” Wickersham – Salvation Town

Review: Jonny “Two Bags” Wickersham – Salvation Town
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The sideman, usually with a guitar in his hand, has finally stepped out of his role as six-string slinger for Social Distortion and put together his first solo full-length. … read more

Review: Old Man Markley

Review: Old Man Markley
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OMM play fast-paced bluegrass that they approach like people living in the present day. I guess that makes them the new punks on the scene, but I just hear well-crafted, original music that happens to have bluegrass elements. … read more

Local Review: Life Has a Way – 13 Shots

Local Review: Life Has a Way – 13 Shots
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There are simply not enough bands that approach punk rock the way Life Has A Way does, with humor from the gutter, intensity galore, and an overall “fuck you” attitude that most bands are either too soft or too serious to even approach. … read more