Because Songs Matter

The Tosspints – The Privateer – 2015

The Tosspints – The Privateer – 2015

In case you missed my review of Have You Been Drinking this a three piece punk/gypsy/Irish/drunk outfit hailing from Saginaw, Michigan. I have followed them ever since I first discovered their music and I haven’t been disappointed at all. In fact it led me to Deadline Riot where I got to listen to a lot […]

Whitey Morgan & The 78’s – Sonic Ranch – 2015

Whitey Morgan & The 78’s – Sonic Ranch – 2015

I’ve had the pleasure of writing about Whitey Morgan since 2008 when he was just a wet behind the ears unsigned artist out of Flint, Michigan. Since then he has been picked up by Bloodshot Records who rereleased his debut album, Honky Tonks and Cheap Hotels, as well as it’s self-titled follow-up. Well, Bloodshot might […]

Marching Suns – Marching Suns – 2015

Marching Suns – Marching Suns – 2015

Dark Folk? Heavy Folk? Stoner Folk? Sludge Folk? I’m not entirely sure how to define the Marching Suns but I do know it falls somewhere in the spectrum of the terms above. Marching Suns are the brain child of 9b fave Scott McDougall, Ezra Meredith of Hearts Of Oak and Mark Folkrod of The Dead […]

Caleb Caudle, Porter and John Calvin Abney @ Club 603

Caleb Caudle, Porter and John Calvin Abney @ Club 603

Living in Baltimore there sadly hasn’t been a good venue to see acoustic that was worth bands playing so most of those shows went to DC or skipped our area as a whole. Enter Club 603 which is actually a house venue that’s been putting on shows since at least 2013 and with appearances from […]

Kelly Haigh – Post-Apocalyptic Valentines – 2015

Kelly Haigh – Post-Apocalyptic Valentines – 2015

Kelly Haigh’s work gives structure to freewheeling moments of cruelty and beauty. In her paintings, trees morph into smokestacks; pink dolphins stalk the desert on spider legs; dogs become surrogate mothers. Her songs have less of those specific images, but still enact battles of glamour and decay; the musical equivalent of Debbie Reynolds cascading down an MGM staircase with a nosebleed; […]

Around The Web – Independence Day Edition

Around The Web – Independence Day Edition

Right out of the gate I’m going to just give you some Two Cow Garage as a celebration of the freedom granted to almost everyone by SCOCTUS (next up is recognition of polygamous marriage). I’ve posted what I think about the decision on FB and won’t belabor the point here, so let’s all just enjoy […]

Willie Nelson & Merle Haggard – Django and Jimmie – 2015

Willie Nelson & Merle Haggard – Django and Jimmie – 2015

Willie Nelson is a lot like Lil John for me in the sense that I prefer him when he appears on other people’s albums rather than listening to his albums. Merle Haggard on the other hand, I could listen to Merle on repeat forever. Django & Jimmie marks the sixth time these two have collaborated […]

Introduction to Nick Liechty

Introduction to Nick Liechty

I hate talking or writing about myself so i’ll keep this brief. Growing up I was always crazy about music so in grade school you’d find me in the library checking out all the rock history books then pouring over them to figure out the influences and origins of whatever I was listening to at […]

Bikeriders 2015

Bikeriders 2015

For those unfamiliar with this tour for the past 3-4 years when Lucero has a tour break Ben Nichols straps his acoustic to the back of his bike and hits the road for a string of dates with tattoo artist Oliver Peck and a rotating group of other folks. These are solo shows staged in […]

Your Heart Breaks – America – 2015

Your Heart Breaks – America – 2015

America begins without any cushion. Drummer Chris McFarlane and singer/guitarist Clyde Petersen trip beat- and lyrics-first into the first verse of “Should’ve Known Better” and from there it’s the free-fall off of a two-story roof, the bruised breathlessness upon thudding, the embarrassment and gratefulness of being mostly ok. Petersen has carried the Your Heart Breaks project from Bloomington […]

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