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Torres, Self-Titled: Album Review

Album: Torres Artist: Torres Year Released: 2013 Of all the albums I’ve listened to in 2013, only one has clung to my consciousness and literally haunted my dreams.  The album, Torres, by Torres, the musical pseudonym of Mackenzie Scott, is emotionally and audibly raw to the point where it is sometimes painful to hear, and yet, the album reaches such subtle and delicate heights that the heartache it conveys feels somehow beautiful, true and strangely invigorating. Don’t let the opening track, “Mother Earth, Father God”, fool you.  Torres is not trying to be Tori Amos or Sharon Van Etten or Cat...

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Atlanta Band “Wolves” at The Masquerade: Live Show Review

As an Atlanta native, there is nothing I like so much as to see my hometown contribute something legitimately good to the cultural landscape.  With so many of my favorite bands coming from Brooklyn or L.A. or remote mid-western locations, I sometimes feel guilty that I don’t know more of the emerging musicians in my own city.  In an attempt to change that, I made a short trip to The Masquerade last night and heard the super-talented new band Wolves. Although they had four musicians on stage last night, Wolves is essentially a duo, made up of Kyle Dreaden,...

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The Henry Clay People, Twenty-Five for the Rest of Our Lives: Album Review

Album: Twenty Five for the Rest of Our Lives Artist: The Henry Clay People Year:2012   It’s been a good summer for punk rock.  Bands like Japandroids, Deer Tick, and to a lesser extent, Gentleman Jesse are proving that hard rock as a relevant sound is far from over.  In the incredible heat of this July, The Henry Clay People have released a punk rock album that is at once nostalgic and fresh.  Twenty-Five for the Rest of Our Lives is an exuberant, fast-paced proclamation that punk rock, while it may not change the world, can at least change the...

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Punch Brothers, Who’s Feeling Young Now?: Album Review

Punch Brothers calls themselves a bluegrass band, but I think the old-time bluegrass community might disagree. The instrumentation bears a strong resemblance to bluegrass, with the traditional combinations of guitar, fiddle (violin for you yankees out there), mandolin, banjo and bass, but the song structures are much more contemporary sounding, more in keeping with Nickel Creek than Bill Monroe.

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Purity Ring, Shrines: Album Review

Album: Shrines Artist: Purity Ring Year: 2012   As a genre, experimental rock isn’t particularly descriptive.  With sub-genres including everything from house music to math rock to what is essentially instrumental post rock, albums placed under the experimental heading often struggle to define themselves. Case in point is the trippy and somewhat magical-sounding album Shrines from the Canadian duo Purity Ring.  Comprising the angelic and wispy vocals of Megan James and the deep-house beats and electronic tracks of Corin Roddick, Purity Ring has the dark, gothic feel of a witch-house album, but could almost just as easily be compared to the...

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