Chike’ is hip-hops “New Kid”

April 4, 2012

The backbone of hip-hop music today is all about owning a unique voice, where the artists who have enjoyed the most staying power are those who have been most consistently authentic in their sound and […]


March 28, 2012

Lambchop’s 11th album, Mr. M, arrives with such a heavy heart and in a healing time for Kurt Wagner after his close friend Vic Chesnutt’s suicide (on Christmas Day, 2009) that it’s no surprise to […]

Bringing Roots Music to SXSW

March 21, 2012

When I was invited to attend New Frontier Touring’s SXSW Showcase on Friday, March 18, it was to review a “Roots” band called YARN, who was about to release a new LP two days later […]

Laidback Luke

March 14, 2012

For what it’s worth, and never mind what any politician may have you believe, America has a strong sense of internationalism – in music, anyhow. From Coldplay to Rihanna, Adele to Madonna (wait, that’s a […]

Just Good Old Music

March 7, 2012

What started as a few late night demos and a stint at SXSW has turned into a three-piece band with a faithful indie following. Philadelphia’s own Good Old War has been on the road, producing […]

A Fresh Alternative Sound from Atlanta

February 29, 2012

Sometimes, it’s just knowing the right words to search for. In this case, my first attempt: “O’Brother” resulted in more hits involving a George Clooney movie than the Alternative Rock band from Atlanta Georgia. Then, […]

“Keys” to Success

February 1, 2012

At 22-years-old, jazz pianist Kris Bowers hangs Julliard diplomas on his walls, names bright young music stars among his circle of friends, and is as much a fan of underground rock and rap as he […]

Humble Hustler

January 4, 2012

Last month I stepped into an incredibly crowded Prophet Bar for a much anticipated EP release of local music veteran Larry g(EE) with high expectations. To put it mildly, they were met – and then […]

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