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Violence Closes Greensboro’s Blind Tiger

Posted by Greg on Apr 21, 2022 in Music, Op-Ed

I never like getting personal on this thing but well, damn it, sometimes it has to happen. Read more…

 
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Friday Look Back: Luke Wesley – Who Are We Kidding?

Posted by Greg on Apr 15, 2022 in Music

For reasons I can never explain my cranial jukebox has been playing “Battered Apartments” by Luke Wesley non-stop this week. For those who have not heard, it is a gorgoeus song about the demise of a romance that is as affecting and poignant as anything I have ever heard. When it was first released in summer of 2010 it absolutely wrecked and floored me. “Battered Apartments” was the closing track of Wesley’s debut, which remains one of my favorite albums of the last 15 years. That of course reminded me that I reviewed his sophomore album Who Are We Kidding? for AbsolutePunk.net. That site is now defunct (reimagined as Chorus.FM) and Wesley has yet to release any folow-ups since. In an effort to right that ship, here’s the review. Read more…

 
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Album of the Week: Mondo Cozmo – This is For The Barbarians

Posted by Greg on Apr 12, 2022 in Music

How does one accurately describe American singer/songwriter Josh Ostrander who performs under the moniker Mondo Cozmo? Profane? Shapeshifting? Brash? Self-absorbed? What about effective, absorbing and utterly engaging. There’s a dichotomy at work with Mondo Cozmo that keeps one wanting more every time. Just listen, you’ll see. Read more…

 
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Live Music Review: Mae @ The Social, Orlando, FL; April 1 and 2, 2022

Posted by Greg on Apr 8, 2022 in Music

It’s been nearly 20 years since the Norfolk, VA band Mae burst into the emo/alt rock scene of the early 2000s with their Tooth + Nail debut Destination Beautiful. Since that time the band has seen members depart, released five albums and have cultivated livelihoods and families beyond just Mae. Most notably vocalist/guitarist/founder Dave Elkins is a Nashville producer and songwriter and guitarist Zach Getting is a college professor and vinyl retailer.┬áNew members of the band include the likes of:

Aaron Lachtman (bass, formerly of Tokyo)
Josh Grigsby (drums, formerly of Houston Calls)
Kipp Wilde (keys, formerly of Windsor Drive)

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