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Hamilton – Original Broadway Cast Recording – 2015

Hamilton – Original Broadway Cast Recording – 2015

Buckle in, folks, because it’s about to get different up in here. In addition to my sometimes fanatical devotion to our mutt genre, I have a few other musical passions; namely, rap and musical theatre. Hamilton: An American Musical combines those passions with my healthy love of American history. Deep down, this makes a lot of sense. Needing […]

LILLY HIATT – ROYAL BLUE

LILLY HIATT – ROYAL BLUE

People remember the ’90’s as grungy, and druggy; self-loathing, and insecure. We all wore flannel and did heroin while listening to Soundgarden. It was pretty great, except for the having to listen to Soundgarden part. There was another side to the ’90’s. Unequaled prosperity, homegrown terrorism, and the worst thing our President did was get […]

Waxahatchee – Ivy Tripp – 2015

Waxahatchee – Ivy Tripp – 2015

If you’re looking for a record to kick you in the guts, have I found one for you. Katie Crutchfield is a singer-songwriter from Alabama, and she’s released several solo records under the name Waxahatchee. The most recent is named Ivy Tripp, and it’s an alternatingly tortuous and bubbly emotional roller coaster. This is the record for when “I […]

Bohannons – Black Cross, Black Shield – 2015

Bohannons – Black Cross, Black Shield – 2015

It was our own Autopsy IV who wrote about the Chattanooga, TN based Bohannons: “Are they country? Are they blues? Are they 70’s glam metal? Yes.” Their newest release Black Cross, Black Shield doubles down on the ‘blues’ and the ‘metal’ in that recipe. It’s an ocean of a record: broad, in ceaseless motion, with depths as chilling as […]

Rick & Roy – Superfluidity (2015)

Rick & Roy – Superfluidity (2015)

Yes, Rick and Roy from Lucero. No it’s not Alt-Country, in fact it couldn’t be further from Alt-Country. I managed to catch up with both Rick and Roy while they were in Houston on tour this past month with Lucero, and I got a better perspective of how this duo went from their Lucero gig […]

Micah Schnabel – Not The Boy You Used To Know – 2015

Micah Schnabel – Not The Boy You Used To Know – 2015

  Every once in a while an artist releases something that unlike any of their previous efforts, keeping the audience on their toes about any possible expectations and hopefully feeling fresh and relevant while doing it. That adequately describes the sound and fury of Micah Schnabel‘s new EP Not The Boy You Used To Know. Our hard and […]

THE DISTRICTS – A FLOURISH AND A SPOIL – 2015

THE DISTRICTS – A FLOURISH AND A SPOIL – 2015

Our very own Charles Hale, well aware of my constant need to be exposed to new music, threw out a record to me: A Flourish And A Spoil by The Districts. I was intrigued by the introductory track: initially all bass and percussion, you’re gradually eased in to crashing waves of guitar and vocals, fuzzy and forceful […]

Robert Chaney – Cracked Picture Frames – 2015

Robert Chaney – Cracked Picture Frames – 2015

Cracked Picture Frames by Robert Chaney is a debut record with the heft of a seasoned volume. There are no singles: these are all deep cuts. It may be easy to miss the trees for the forest, with the “one man and a guitar” composition of the album. The melodies are alternately sweet, bitter, and haunting, […]

HOWLIN RAIN – MANSION SONGS – 2015

HOWLIN RAIN – MANSION SONGS – 2015

It’s late on a Saturday night, and a majority of the crowd has headed out of the bars and back to their beds in preparation for the Sunday hangover. The band has been playing half-hearted classic rock covers all night, getting sloppier and more inebriated as the night goes on. There’s a lull after the […]

BLACK MOON SPELL – KING TUFF

BLACK MOON SPELL – KING TUFF

If you like weird shit, man do I have the record for you. I don’t know who King Tuff is (are?), and no amount of hunting through their website (also full of weird shit) can solve that particular puzzle for me. They’re label-mates with 9b stalwarts Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires; I discovered […]