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Concert Review | Delta Rae and Greg Holden- After It All Tour

Photo Credit: Jonathan Weiner | Provided by Warner Brothers Records If there’s anything to be expected from folk rock group, Delta Rae, it’s that they are a powerhouse of beautiful voices and unique instruments. Joining heavy piano and percussion along with 4 voices has crafted a sound that will keep a buzz in your ears … Read more

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Neil Young at the Chicago Theatre

Photo by Jason Gonulsen New glass in the window New leaf on a tree New distance between us you and me Neil Young once sang “new closeness” instead of “new distance” during live performances of “From Hank To Hendrix,” and something always told me that was temporary. Or maybe it just really bothered me — … Read more

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Concert Review | The Bottle Rockets at Off Broadway in St. Louis

Somehow, the band from Festus, Missouri made it through. But it’s not like The Bottle Rockets have gone completely under the radar. In 2007, Stephen King (yes, the guy who wrote Carrie) called them “America’s premier bar band . . . often categorized as alt-country — by people who need categories.” They’ve toured extensively with … Read more

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Concert Review | Ha Ha Tonka at Plush in St. Louis

Photo by Jason Gonulsen “I’m old enough to know that I could probably get away with it still,” Brian Roberts of Ha Ha Tonka sings on “Dead To the World,” the lead track from their latest album, Lessons, released on Bloodshot Records. To get away with anything isn’t the point these days for the band … Read more

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Concert Review | Diarrhea Planet at Local 506 in Chapel Hill

Much like “hair grunge,”  “arena punk” makes about as much sense as buying a pair of Jordans for a double leg amputee…at first glance. But after witnessing the sheer spectacle of Diarrhea Planet’s wall of shredding guitars, I can honestly say that I can now see Eddie Van Halen and Iggy Pop making beautiful music … Read more

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Concert Review | Foxygen at Local 506 in Chapel Hill. NC

Well folks, religion failed me once again. See, I was handed this story from some divine being, which I quickly transcribed and posted to this very blog, recounting the fated evening when Jesus peer-pressured Bob Dylan and Mick Jagger into imbibing irresponsibly, having sex, thus producing offspring that would one day form Foxygen. Much like most stories … Read more

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Photos | Tame Impala at Cat’s Cradle, Carrboro, NC

All photos by Agatha Donkar Tame Impala’s Lonerism is a complex album, there’s no doubt about that; but since its release late in 2012, I’ve felt, every time I listened to it, that it was a complex and contained record, definitely neatened off at the edges, perhaps, or simply just produced with a measure of conspicuous control … Read more