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Album Review: Hymn for Her Presents Lucy and Wayne’s Smokin’ Flames

Rock’n’roll doesn’t have a long list of successful male-female duets; at least not ones that, y’know, rock. Other traditions have done well with the duet format: Porter Wagoner and Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash, the one-off Frank and Nancy Sinatra duet, and others. But when it comes to hard-driving rocking, there just

Album Review: The Scenics – Dead Man Walks Down Bayview

I don’t pretend to know much (or anything) about the Toronto music scene. But I feel safe in my assertion that The Scenics aren’t typical of whatever it sounds like. With a country-punk vibe that owes as much to Johnny Cash as to The Replacements, The Scenics are in fact a highly-regarded punk band that

Album Review: The Moving Sidewalks – The Complete Collection

When The Moving Sidewalks are mentioned at all, it’s general in the context of them being a forerunner of ZZ Top (guitarist Billy Gibbons fronted The Moving Sidewalks). But the Texas quartet deserves more than a footnote in some ZZ Top essay; the group’s music is of a piece with other sixties Texas bands of

Album Review: 45 Grave – Pick Your Poison

Way back in 1981, a bunch of L.A. scenesters put together a compilation album called Hell Comes to Your House. The now-rare (I have a copy!) punk/proto-goth/death-rock LP featured tracks by eleven local acts, none of whom had made the big time at that point. To modern audiences, the most familiar names on the record

DVD Review: We Fun – Atlanta GA Inside Out

Most of us remember our high school years, right? One of the things we might remember — if we weren’t fortunate — was the class sociopath. You know they guy (and it was pretty much always a guy) who did malevolently mischievous things purely for his amusement, with zero regard for others. He might have

Album Reviews: The Replacements Reissues (2008)

The Replacements – Sorry Ma, Forgot to Take Out the Trash (Rhino/Rykodisc) The Replacements – Stink EP (Rhino/Rykodisc) The Replacements – Hootenanny (Rhino/Rykodisc) The Replacements – Let it Be (Rhino/Rykodisc) Nobody knew it at the time. I remember when these albums came out; the hipper of my musician friends actually liked The Replacements, but most

Thrice: Forever Changes

Dedicated fans can be a fickle bunch. They develop a strong affinity for a particular group based on any number of factors: personality, looks, lyrics, even the music. But some fans will freeze the group’s image in time. Woe be unto the group, then, if their personality develops, their hairstyles change, or — heaven forfend

Radio Birdman: Bird is the Word

Some 32 years after bursting on the scene with the seminal Radios Appear, Radio Birdman has returned with Zeno Beach. Yet they deftly manage the trick of sounding fresh and new. Intentionally or not, Radio Birdman made their name as one of Australia’s original punk outfits. Vocalist Rob Younger puts this into context: “Well, we