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Posts by Patrick Hayes

Micah Schnabel – Marching Band (These Divided States)

Micah Schnabel – Marching Band (These Divided States)

The world is pretty goddamned ugly right now. One big upside is the amount of art that is being created as a direct result. Micah has long been a political songwriter, in fact I’d argue that from the moment he found his own artistic voice just about everything he has written was political in nature. So […]

Help Caleb Caudle Make A Record

Help Caleb Caudle Make A Record

  I’ve mentioned before that I love crowd funding. No offense to any of the fantastic record labels that help get the music we all love out in the world but I am very glad to see artists be directly supported by the people who love their art. Right now one of the better folks […]

M. Lockwood Porter – How To Dream Again

M. Lockwood Porter – How To Dream Again

  After a snippet of “The Preacher and the Slave” and the sound of amps warming up M. Lockwood Porter and band kick into a rocking rumination on the current state of the American Dream. “American Dream Denied” is a bold choice for an opener for an artist whose considerable strength lies mostly in his […]

RIP Chris Porter and Mitchell Vandenburg

RIP Chris Porter and Mitchell Vandenburg

We are very sad to share that Chris Porter and Mitchell Vandenburg of Porter and the Bluebonnet Rattlesnakes have passed away following an auto collision. Drummer Adam Nurre was injured in the accident and is currently hospitalized. The following statement was released by This Is American Music: “We are shocked and deeply saddened to learn this morning […]

Jon Snodgrass – Carpet Thief

Jon Snodgrass – Carpet Thief

I’ve always been disappointed with the album bloat that accompanied the CD era of music. Bands crammed ridiculous amounts of filler crap on CDs in an attempt to reach the 74 min maximum. Quality sacrificed on the altar of quantity. I’m of the opinion that 10 songs is a solid number. This gives the listener […]

Greetings! Also, Dexateens!

Greetings! Also, Dexateens!

Hey everybody, Just wanted to take a second to thank both Romeo and Autopsy for all the years of work on this site. I love it and I promise to try to honor the work those guys have put in over the years. We’ve got some great pieces to publish in the near future, lots […]

The Jayhawks – Paging Mr. Proust

The Jayhawks  – Paging Mr. Proust

Being a Jayhawks fan can feel a little bit like being stuck in the movie Groudhog Day. They’ve had more break-ups and make-ups than anything this side of a highschool relationship. I’m really glad they do. In a lot of ways the Jayhawks were the first alt.country band I got into. As a fan of […]

This Might Be Good Podcast Interviews Michael Dean Damron

This Might Be Good Podcast Interviews Michael Dean Damron

  From This Might Be Good: “It’s our Deca-pod. And it’s a good one. John O describes a horrible, if all too common bathroom event, while Brian divulges a near miss! Michael Dean Damron is our guest. We talk about his life playing music and his most recent bands, I Can Lick Any SOB in […]

On Tragedy and Friends through Music

On Tragedy and Friends through Music

This is what I woke up to this morning. This was the first indication to me that something had gone horribly wrong while I slept. I was immediately filled with relief that my friend Larry was safe, about a millisecond later came sinking dread because if Larry was marked as safe that meant someone else […]

Support ART – M.Lockwood Porter and Michael Dean Damron need your help!

Support ART – M.Lockwood Porter and Michael Dean Damron need your help!

Hey Cats and Kittens! I am a HUGE fan of crowdfunding. I think eliminating the middle man is the best thing ever. I think it’s rad that I get the opportunity to be a patron of the art that I support. How fantastic is it that bands that are amazing can ask their fans to kick […]