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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 […]

The Rock Report- Great Peacock

The Rock Report- Great Peacock

Last night I had the great good fortune to see Great Peacock live for the first time. I’ve been listening to them for years now, their virtues lovingly espoused by their supporters over at This Is American Music, and I reviewed their debut album Making Ghosts right here.  While I undoubtedly enjoyed their music, it was seeing […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

Benchmarks – American Night – 2015

Benchmarks – American Night – 2015

It starts out with distortion, guitar, and a voice. The voice is one you’ve heard before, been hearing for years. The always-ethereal vocal tones of Kelly Smith (nee Kneiser) of Glossary. Then a new voice, one you may have heard before but certainly not like this. The Dirty Birds have come home to roost, or maybe […]

Links Around the Web – 06/19/15

Links Around the Web – 06/19/15

Here I am, the much-maligned but never-convicted Wolf, serving up the hottest hotlinks for your lazy Friday web browsing. Cory Branan, known wastrel, has a couple of cool things up on Spotify. The first is a recorded Audiotree Live session of tunes, in which we get high quality solo-acoustic Branan which is always a treat. The […]

Jason Isbell – Something More Than Free – Pre-Order

Jason Isbell – Something More Than Free – Pre-Order

So many pre-orders happening! Jason Isbell‘s new album comes out July 17th, and with a pre-order over at iTunes you can listen to “24 Frames” and the title track “Something More Than Free” right away. You can also check them out over on Spotify. Jason certainly doesn’t need help scrounging up buzz for the album, […]

“My Sins My Own” – A Study of Vanessa Jean Speckman

“My Sins My Own” – A Study of Vanessa Jean Speckman

“It is most interesting to me,” says Cecelia Jean Speckman, “that she always said she was going to be an artist…and she IS an artist!” She’s speaking of her daughter here, in a breathless amazement that could seem typical of any parent talking about any child. The difference here, however, is that the devotion and […]