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South Texas country rocker Bleu Edmondson finds renewed purpose


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Chris Parker
Music's like a hole with a treasure chest at the bottom: Some spend their whole life looking for it, and others just stumble in by mistake. Count Bleu Edmondson among the latter. ...
 
Thursday, December 10, 2009

Rural Alberta Advantage overcomes love, homesickness to meet indie music's expectations


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Chris Parker
Nebraska's Saddle Creek Records has championed some of the prettiest, evocative, rustic-tinged pop in the indie community, reaching far and wide for unexpected signings. One of the outfit's late...
 
Thursday, December 10, 2009

English singer/songwriter Bobby Long sticks it out in America


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Chris Parker
While success is a long, hard slough for some, others find it charges like lighting. English singer/songwriter Bobby Long was finishing his final collegiate year studying film and sound when "Tw...
 
Thursday, December 3, 2009

Appalachian alt-country singer/songwriter holds attention with wisdom, foreboding new album


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Chris Parker
The surest way someplace isn't always a straight line. Malcolm Holcombe will tell you that. An anachronistic songwriter, he sounds like he's fresh from the mountain with a creaking twang and the...
 
Thursday, December 3, 2009

The Mentors stew filthy new brew


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Chris Parker
If ever a grease stain were to transform into a black hole and begin making music, it'd probably sound like The Mentors. Profane even by punk's sacrilegious standards, the trio formed out of...
 
Thursday, November 26, 2009

Mr. Gnome hits road with trippy new album it hopes will 'Heave Yer Skeleton'


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Chris Parker
Self-released last year, Mr. Gnome's debut LP, "Deliver This Creature" is a distinctive blend of arty, face-melting guitar shred and billowing space-psych, propelled by drummer Sam Meister's mus...
 
Thursday, November 26, 2009

Violin virtuoso turned Victorian valkyrie issues a heady, bawdy concert


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Chris Parker
Insane Clown Posse won't be the only ones in face paint this week. In fact, the circus surrounding Emilie Autumn is even more extravagant and high-concept, featuring everything from onstage baki...
 
Thursday, November 19, 2009

Pittsburgh rap duo Grand Buffet mixes it up, serving witty lyricism


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Chris Parker
On the tongue-in-cheek paean, "Americus (Religious Right Rock)," irrepressible, wiseass rap duo Grand Buffet suggests that, "We think abortion is pretty messed-up / If you don't want a kid, then...
 
Thursday, November 19, 2009

Kevin Fowler prepares to hitch wagon to higher-horsepower help


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Chris Parker
Things have come full-circle for country artist Kevin Fowler. When he was a young, long-haired shredder, he got a little taste of the big time, and its sour finish shaped his musical career. Now...
 
Thursday, November 19, 2009

Joe Jack Talcum forges on with other acts, acerbic solo songs


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Chris Parker
Joe Jack Talcum said he's never heard a word from Mötley Crüe singer Vince Neil, despite immortalizing his vehicular manslaughter charge in Dead Milkmen's satirical 1980s send-up, "Bitchin' Cama...
 
Thursday, November 19, 2009

Where metal meets punk, Municipal Waste comes collecting, does own heavy lifting


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Chris Parker
Metal kids and punk kids spent a couple decades eying each other warily, but lately, those differences seem to have melted away, as bands have crossed the mosh pit mixing liberally from hardcore...
 
Thursday, November 12, 2009

Umbrellas leader happily sheltered, little more settled, but not stopping


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Chris Parker
In a certain sense, Umbrellas is as much about Josh Wright as it is band leader Scott Windsor. The two were college roommates. Wright was there as a recording engineer; Windsor was studying ...
 
Thursday, November 12, 2009

Three Michigan rockers keep things simple, make strong case Cheap Girls make great dates


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Chris Parker
Hope springs eternal, and, for similar reasons, there will always be new bands. Most acts obey the standard distribution curve, meaning they're less than inspired, or worse. This is to the a...
 
Thursday, November 5, 2009

Instrumental Chicago trio Russian Circles shelves metal, digs darker with 'Geneva'


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Chris Parker
Cinematic instrumentalists Russian Circles are at it again. In late October, the musicians released "Geneva," their third album of muscular, undulating rock that slithers and swells with palpabl...
 
Thursday, November 5, 2009

Batrider reins in sound, darken sky with frustrated album that wallows with dissatisfaction


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Chris Parker
For those interested in punk rock without a Y chromosome, selections have long been lacking, making the arrival of overseas import Batrider that much more welcome. Led by the disgruntled fer...
 
Thursday, November 5, 2009
 
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