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Album Review: Helen Kelter Skelter — Melter

The members of the cleverly-named band Helen Kelter Skelter may not wish that it were so, but they may well be destined to be known as “that other band from Oklahoma.” There’s not a whole lot of information floating freely on the interwebs, so listeners are left to form impressions of the group the old

Album Review: Delta Deep – East Coast Live

“Supergroup” is a term that gets bandied about so wantonly that it has become nearly meaningless. To their credit, the members of Delta Deep don’t bill themselves as one. But it’s worth noting the band’s pedigree: Def Leppard’s Phil Collen leads the group, which also features players from Stone Temple Pilots and India.Arie’s backing band.

Album Review: Staring Into Nothing – Power

Pop-leaning, dramatic progressive rock is the order of the day on Power. Staring Into Nothing is merely a trio, but they manage a big sound. The three musicians – vocalists/keyboardist Steve Rogers, guitarist Savannah Rogers and bassist Kurt Barabas – clearly have ambitious plans in place. Power is the first in what looks ot be

Album Review: Andrew Reed – If All the World Were Right

For many people, Asheville, North Carolina is and intentional destination. Set aside for the moment those retirees who settle here for their golden years. For young and middle-aged adults, it’s a city to which they are drawn. People move to Asheville in hope of effecting a life change. It’s wholly unlike larger nearby cities such

Like, Fun: They Might Be Giants

Note: an edited version of this feature ran in Brooklyn Paper; the story was written to preview January shows in the NYC borough. Released on January 19, I Like Fun is the 20th studio album from clever Brooklyn-based rock band They Might Be Giants. Co-leader John Flansburgh says that for many years the group’s touring

The Wombats Make Lemonade Out of Lemons

Since releasing 2007’s A Guide to Love, Loss & Desperation, rock trio the Wombats have been building a dedicated following. The Liverpool, England group scored in the U.K. and Europe with its first three albums, 2015’s Glitterbug cracked the U.S. market. The band’s latest, Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life, is set for release in

Album Review: Oddnote — Oddnote

Heavy, riff-laden power rock arguably first reared its head in the late 1960s, with the likes of Blue Cheer, Iron Butterfly and Led Zeppelin. But the 1970s the formula was refined further, in the form of Deep Purple and even Uriah Heep. And while the style has gone in an out of collective favor ever

Album Review: Eric Anders — Eleven Nine

It’s often said that the 1960s were the Golden Age of protest music. By the end of that decade, times had changed. The thinking goes that after the disillusionment of the assassinations of RFK and MLK, the Vietnam debacle and Watergate, Americans turned inward; author Tom Wolfe went so far as to coin the 1970s

Gary Numan: Adventures in Dystopia, Part Three

Continued from Part Two… [Numan continues his his response to Bill Kopp’s question about soundtrack projects] What I’m trying to do as I get older is to try to make my life more enjoyable, and less stressful, and to be able to do more and more what I want to do, rather than what I

Gary Numan: Adventures in Dystopia, Part Two

Continued from Part One… Are you ultimately optimistic or pessimistic about humanity’s future? I’m optimistic, actually. Again, to go back to the Paris Accords, I think that is a remarkable achievement to have the entire world – bar one [nation] – sign up for something where they were putting our planet before national interest. I