Because Songs Matter

Rock Report – “Shoot the Mariner” in San Luis Obispo

Rock Report – “Shoot the Mariner” in San Luis Obispo

Hey buddies! Let me start this the way I start most of my relationships, with an apology. I’ve been slacking on making a first post for 9b, sorry. When RSV invited me to write a few pieces for the site I was beyond honored to do so. Like many of you’ve I’ve been following the […]

Passing Parade – We Own Fun – 2016

Passing Parade – We Own Fun – 2016

If you’re involved in the music scene in Jackson, MS then you probably know Cody Cox. He runs the Elegant Trainwreck label and plays in more bands then I’m even able to count. I first found out about him when he was playing with Goodman County and AIV and I were still posting on what […]

Josh Brooks – The Best New England Songwriter You May Have Missed

Josh Brooks – The Best New England Songwriter You May Have Missed

I am of the belief that if you know of some great music you should spread the word.  Too many artists slip through the cracks and I feel like their music fades into the abyss while many people miss out on stellar songs.  I’m here to spread the word on some good tunes by a songwriter you […]

Billy Pettinger – I Have to Do This – 2016

Billy Pettinger – I Have to Do This – 2016

“What did I used to have before I had nothing?” ~ Fucked Up, “Glass Boys” Billy Pettinger gives insight into the (un)making of this album: after Frank Turner produced her last album (Billy the Kid’s Horseshoes & Hand Grenades for biggie-indie label Xtra-Mile), Laura Jane Grace and Ryan Adams blipped in and, disappointingly, out of the picture […]

Feral Conservatives – Here’s to Almost – 2016

Feral Conservatives – Here’s to Almost – 2016

I’ve listened to so much more music than I’ve ever played, but l had aspirations of learning an instrument once. I wanted to play violin because I had seen Rick Danko play one in The Last Waltz. I wanted to be Rick Danko in all regards. But violin is supposed to be too hard for […]

Pinegrove – Cardinal – 2016

Pinegrove – Cardinal – 2016

Boston-based Run for Cover Records has steadily grown their label from a collection of punk treasures to the stuff of de-facto Pitchfork reviews–which is great! It means good music gets talked about well to a lot of people. Recent Run for Cover releases Shame by Petal and Looking In by Spencer Radcliffe would do well by fans of […]

Highland Park Optimist Club – Kitchen Tapes (Demo EP) – 2016

Highland Park Optimist Club – Kitchen Tapes (Demo EP) – 2016

So this is the first time I’ve ever written about a demo and we don’t write about EPs (except when we do) but this one grabbed me. I almost didn’t write about it even though I’ve literally listened to it at least once a day since it was released. There’s two reasons for that, Highland […]

Introduction to Samuel Barker

Introduction to Samuel Barker

Hey everybody! I figured I would introduce myself since posts from me are going to start popping up on the site and you might just be scratching your head wondering all about me. To really appreciate my writing, you need to know the basics about me, right? Well, here we go. I love long drives, […]

Gallows Bound at Gruene Hall – January 24, 2016

Gallows Bound at Gruene Hall – January 24, 2016

A couple of years ago, I pulled up to a little neighborhood bar in Philadelphia to play a show. The headliner that night was a group of young adults from Winchester, VA called Gallows Bound. Six folks decked out in t-shirts from their favorite punk bands, tattoos, piercing and the like. Walking in, I received […]

The Albert Square – I (Assume I) Know What I’m Doing – 2015

The Albert Square – I (Assume I) Know What I’m Doing – 2015

One of my favorite writers, Italo Calvino, gave a lecture in the late 80’s looking back on his body of work. He saw a theme of “lightness,” which he tried to define as something not quite like levity or flippancy, but like getting the same impact out of removing things as you do by adding […]

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