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Alone at 3AM (Profile)

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 16, 2008
To get to Candyland Studio, one must navigate the slippery, newly bleached floor of Puppy Camp, a doggie daycare. Tucked behind the canine retreat, the studio strangely appears. On the walls: skateboards, Jesus the trucker, Johnny Cash flipping the bird.  

Music: Shock and Release

Signed, then unsigned, The Working Title pushes forward

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 9, 2008
Imagine -- knocked-up clouds roll in, about to erupt. The sky is growling. Slow motion. Your skin, littered with goose bumps. You're driving when the storm hits and someone pulls out in front of   

Walk the Moon (Profile)

Quartet returns from London with energy and a new EP

0 Comments · Sunday, July 6, 2008
Nestled in the Highland Heights hills, there lives another planet -- The Bamboo Room, producer/manager Erwin Musper's baby, a recording studio true to its name. Made of bamboo, the floors have a  

The Mother Rose

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Petite and curvy, Mom looks startlingly young for her age. She wears a tricky shade of lipstick -- reddish brownish bronze. It suits her. A master cook, Mom thrives on contact with people. I can b  

The Sweep (Profile)

Quartet releases its fiery debut LP, 'It's Warm Under the Dragon's Wing'

0 Comments · Sunday, June 15, 2008
Gritty, alluring, shocking. On the side, Canadian Indie band Black Mountain works to serve the drug addicted, distributing clean needles in a job that stabs into their darkly psychedelic sound, o  

The Listening Gift

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Hear the water pour down from my roof, greeting the ground. Leftover rain disappears. A car, a truck. Machines growl in the distance. That dog just stopped barking. Workmen stomp down the fire esca  

Music: Let There Be Voice

Guitar virtuoso Jason Dennie returns to town, and this time he's doing the singing

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 21, 2008
In the late '90s, on quiet, lone evenings, I often played Jason Dennie's solo acoustic instrumental record, Living on Melody Lane. I was between lives. Finished with school, back from a wild cr  

Josh Eagle (Profile)

Singer/songwriter soars to new heights

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Like pale birds, we perch and step lightly, crossing a tricky, long drop zone, our feet balancing on a thin railing. "Don't look down," Josh Eagle suggests. I look anyway. Shouldn't have.   

Cash Flagg (Profile)

Rock quartet is nasty when it counts

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 7, 2008
Opening credits. Scene one: Early on a Wednesday evening, the Northside Tavern patio is already body-packed. Rowdy and raucous. The bar staff floats around, wearing the usual thrift store shirts.  

Locals Only: : Fizzgig

Pressing 'Reset,' punching out a new CD and biting at the heels of Japan and the U.K.

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Think of the damn amusing (and double platinum) eccentric band Weezer. Similar in Power Pop nature, local group Fizzgig has already scored a huge presence in the U.K. and Japan. With a name like