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Album Review: Ian Ridenhour — Ribcage

One of Western North Carolina’s most accomplished musicians is also one of its youngest. Ian Ridenhour has been busily writing and recording music for years; Ribcage is the third collection of songs from the 17 year old singer, songwriter and musician. Ridenhour’s full-length debut was 2014’s Quietly Making Noise; that 14-song album showed his deep

Album Review: Idiot Grins — State of Health

Isaac Hayes and Curtis Mayfield made some of the most enduring cinematic soul of the 1970s. Not coincidentally, both men created works that lent themselves exceedingly well to juxtaposition with onscreen images; Hayes composed the soundtrack to Shaft; Mayfield did the same for Super Fly. Of course their work transcended soundtrack music, but the connection

Album Review: Ajay Mathur – Little Boat

In the years just before punk broke in the UK, there was a musical scene bubbling under that would exert an influence on punk while (quietly) providing a bridge between mainstream rock and its more jagged variant. Like garage rock and freakbeat, the scene didn’t really have a name in wide use at the time;

EP Review: Arden and the Wolves – Who Can You Trust

If one digs deep into the music on Arden and the Wolves’ Who Can You Trust, a clear occult undercurrent reveals itself. That’s certainly a somewhat unconventional perspective to take, but the fact is that most everything else about this five-song EP released in January 2018 is quite accessible and (in a good way) mainstream

Amigo: Fun ‘And Friends” at the Fidelitorium

Charlotte-based country rock trio Amigo has seen its profile raised this last year. The group was named Best Gram-Parsons-Loving-Country Rock Band in 2017, and they recently completed their second full-length release, And Friends, recorded with producer Mitch Easter at his Fidelitorium Recordings in Kernersville. With And Friends, Amigo continues to build on a foundation that

Everyone’s for Tennis, Part Two

Continued from Part One… Bill Kopp: But Jack Daugherty’s production style for the Carpenters was nothing like the sound of Cape Dory… Alainna Moore: Our earliest records were soaked in reverb, but it’s nice for me to explore other production techniques, to see how they make me sing differently. I love the production style of

Everyone’s for Tennis, Part One

Wife-and-husband team Alaina Moore and Patrick Riley are Tennis, a sort of 21st century answer to Captain & Tennille. Across four albums and two EPs, Tennis has carved out a place on the pop landscape, combining a retro aesthetic with modern (sometimes characterized as lo-fi) production values. The duo’s latest collection, We Can Die Happy,

Poco’s Rusty Young: A Good Feelin’ to Play

The genre of country rock has its origins in west coast bands of the late 1960s, including late-period Byrds, the Flying Burrito Brothers, Buffalo Springfield and Poco. And while perhaps the biggest claim to fame enjoyed by Poco is its reputation as a kind of “farm team” for big-league, higher-profile acts, the band co-founded in

Album Review: The Rough and Tumble — We Made Ourselves a Home…

The Rough & Tumble is the folk-Americana duo of Mallory Graham and Scott Tyler. These days the pair consider themselves at home on the road, but in the Rough & Tumble’s bio, the nomadic pair say that they “used to say they were from Nashville.” And before that, Graham (who was born in Pennsylvania) and

Album Review: Akshara — In Time

When it first came into the lexicon, the term world music made a kind of sense: though it’s laden with some unfortunate Eurocentric biases, the term was a way of highlighting the music – often of an ethnocentric and indigenous bent – emanating from places other than North America and the European continent. But over