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Around The Web – Late August Edition

Around The Web – Late August Edition

We’ve been awful quiet this week, there’s a lot of real life stuff going on for all us and that’s put a bit of a damper on our output. Unfortunately you can expect things to be sporadic for a couple more weeks due to my schedule if nothing else. However slammed we are there’s been […]

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats – Self Titled – 2015

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats – Self Titled – 2015

My introduction to Nathaniel Rateliff was the 2012 Revival Tour; I’d gone to see Cory Branan and Chuck Ragan, but the rest of the audience was there to see Laura Jane Grace (then Tom Gabel) and an impromptu Alkaline Trio reunion. I hadn’t expected Rateliff. Instead of a shouting folk set or a swaggering punk […]

Brent Best – Your Dog, Champ – 2015

Brent Best – Your Dog, Champ – 2015

Brent Best isn’t known for happy songs and Your Dog, Champ doesn’t break with that tradition. There are quite a few tracks on here that are downright dark and shouldn’t be listened in the depths of drinking alone at night. Honestly “Good Man Now” is pretty disturbing but it’s a testament to the strength of […]

Jason Isbell – Something More Than Free – 2015

Jason Isbell – Something More Than Free – 2015

With the critical success of Southeastern, Jason Isbell’s freshly sober 2013 album, it was inevitable that close attention would be paid to Something More Than Free. With this release, it’s safe to say that Jason Isbell has ‘made it’. The long-time cult darling became a critical darling, and with appearances on CBS Sunday Morning and […]

American Aquarium – Two Nights in Texas

American Aquarium – Two Nights in Texas

Corpus Christi on a Monday night ain’t easy. American Aquarium were rolling in after a nearly sold out Friday night, raucous, Houston show, a damn respectable Father’s Day show in San Antonio and Corpus Christi would certainly be a bust…Or would it? American Aquarium tour parts of Texas that Willie hasn’t heard of. And this […]

I Can Lick Any Sonofabitch In The House – PISS – (2015 EP)

I Can Lick Any Sonofabitch In The House – PISS – (2015 EP)

While I always love getting new music from ICLASOB the reason for this album couldn’t be more tragic. Last week the world lost Piss Pissedoffherson (aka Mark Allen Rodgers), the driving force behind The Devil’s Own, and close friends with everyone in ICLASOB. While I’ve written about The Devil’s Own I wasn’t close with Piss […]

July Talk – July Talk – 2015

July Talk – July Talk – 2015

  Never stop asking friends about bands. When researching my piece on the talented Vanessa Jean Speckman I asked about the inspiration behind one of her pieces, the girl with the popsicle/knife held at her crotch says ‘Don’t lie, you know you wanna lick it’. She told me, “I’m endlessly inspired and sparked and in awe […]

Two Cow Garage, Benchmarks, Heathen Sons

Two Cow Garage, Benchmarks, Heathen Sons

I hit the road again for another fun filled night of great music and fantastic friends this time ending up in Nashville at The High Watt. This wasn’t a normal night at a random show as there were some of my best friends from St Louis and all over TN there for the evening which […]

Rocky Votolato & Chuck Ragan – Kindred Spirit Review – 2015

Rocky Votolato & Chuck Ragan – Kindred Spirit Review – 2015

I’d never been into Rocky Votolato, and not because of any discourse with his music, it just hadn’t reached the top of my list of things to listen to until this split came along. I am a huge fan of Chuck Ragan and all his musical endeavors, so when Kindred Spirit hit the shelves, I […]

LBIII & The Glory Fires – “Sweet Disorder” and On Covers

LBIII & The Glory Fires – “Sweet Disorder” and On Covers

Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires have released their latest 7″ this past week. The Alabama rock outfit on the SubPop label, purportedly ‘Too Loud For Texas‘ and known for their energy-filled performances, are coming from the release of 2014’s Dereconstructed which was not only Essential Listening, but my choice for Album of the Year. […]

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