Albums

Brazos Stone | Pleasurable Pain | CD Review

Brazos Stone is representative of Red Dirt bands of the southwest but definitely is not typical. Though the press has said they’re from Lubbock, Wichita Falls, and Ft Worth, they really all grew up in Throckmorton TX, a town of 800 people with a general store, a post office, two banks, a gas station, three cafes, and a private club. The town swells during fowl season as hunters flock to the region to shoot doves and other small birds.

Domino Effect | Music For My Soul | New Music Review

Domino Effect’s Music For My Soul is a rock-hard reggae album that shows its lineage throughout, sounding like a cross between Pepper and SOJA with classical roots to back it all up. As far as the mix, the vocal delivery is a dead ringer for Kaleo Wassman with emphasis (as the album title suggests) firmly rooted in the power of music as personal salvation.

Ruby Jane | Celebrity | New Music Review

Even with just one listen to Ruby Jane’s new album, Celebrity, it becomes immediately clear that the seventeen year old singer-songwriter is quite the talented musician. Boasting a mature vocal delivery and practiced instrumentals, the indie-folk record is solid throughout, with few weak points to detract from a complete collection of songs.

David Grisman updates the Garcia/Grisman classic, Grateful Dawg

Didn’t you always dream of having Jerry Garcia and David Grisman pick the night away in your living room?

Yeah, me too.

Allen Thompson | Salvation in the Ground | New Music Review

Allen Thompson is on a new departure with his upcoming album Salvation in the Ground, due to be released on September 4, 2012.  In this new project, Allen made a conscious decision to use the powerful energy of increased collaborative effort, resulting in a cohesive album with a well-rounded sound, and most importantly, it is fun to listen to.  Thompson seems to have hit a sweet spot with a new philosophy: more is more.  Star

Chamberlin | Look What I've Become | New Music Review

Despite the drama and fast paced touring this Vermont based Indie Rock band faced last year, they are scheduled to release their second EP entitled, Look What I've Become, on September 4. Chamberlin began playing their first ever packed house shows opening for Grace Potter and the Nocturnals last year and then moved on to release their debut album.

Gabriel Kelley | It Don't Come Easy | New Music Review

Wholesome, hearty, and country-like: Gabriel Kelley belts out the vocals on his new album, It Don’t Come Easy. Beginning with the first few songs off the album, Kelley demonstrates his vocal abilities by naturally having a country styled twang and an uplifting story to tell. With a harmonica, guitar, and piano, Kelley tells stories, as well as instilling positivity throughout his songs.

Stripe Stripe Fiasco | Teeth | New Music Review

Genre definition is so overrated. Whether it be film, music, or art, it seems like everything has mated nowadays, making for an integrated fusion of a once duality or whatever. Really it just sounds pretentious. It seems like many artists in the music industry are marginalized into “pitching” their sound or concept to record labels, audiences, or promoters. I can only imagine the headache of trying to define your band’s “sound”.

"Reggae. Dub, Hip-Hop, Electronic or ? How about all of the above?!"

This group is not be confused with your average DJ sound, Sounduo takes pride by breaking the mold by using vintage samples, modern samples, live instruments, ambient sounds, heavy bass and electronic sounds while blazingt them through your speakers at full speed.

It is as if Tribal Seeds, Amp Live and Daft Punk had a love child!

Phish | Chicago '94 Box Set | New CD Review

This week Phish will release a brand new box set entitled Chicago '94, showcasing two complete shows recorded live on June 18, 1994 and November 25, 1994 at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, Illinois.