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Excellent Citizenship

Electric Citizen marks its first year together with a debut EP and unexpected CEA nods

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 15, 2014
For a band that’s been active on the scene for less than a year, Electric Citizen draws on tons of history.

Be Tweens

National attention for Tweens promises to continue in 2014 with their debut album release

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 15, 2014
When Bridget Battle contemplates the question of what she considers to be the high points of the past year for Tweens, she flips through a mental Rolodex of memories that have been forged with such volume and intensity it’s easy to see that they’ve not yet been cataloged or quantified. “It’s so hard to go back and sometimes we don’t even have time to stop and be like, ‘Whoa,’” she says.

Livingood, and the Music is Easy

Austin Livingood breaks away from Belle Histoire to create a pair of stunning EPs

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 15, 2014
In 2013, Belle Histoire’s Jane Smith planted new musical seeds with her solo venture Decker while insisting Belle Histoire was merely on hiatus. But when guitarist Austin Livingood stepped up to the solo plate last summer and knocked his debut EP, The Weightless Anchor: By Plane (I), out of the park, the writing was on the wall.  

Music: Keller Williams

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 15, 2014
There is one absolute rule in Keller Williams’ world: There are no rules.Using the Grateful Dead’s improbable diversity as a jumping-off point, Williams has created an astonishingly broad catalog   

Weekend State

A more thoughtful approach (and a dash of therapy) inform Jinx, the second album from Weekend

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 8, 2014
Weekend guitarist/vocalist Shaun Durkan has certainly gotten plenty of feedback concerning Jinx, the band’s second release. And while no one has exactly accused Durkan of sophomore-slumping on Jinx, there’s certainly been a fair amount of grumbling about the differences between the  album and its louder and more visceral predecessor, 2010’s Sports.  

In This Moment

Sunday • Bogart's

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 8, 2014
After losing band members and splitting from management, In This Moment's frontwoman Maria Brink and guitarist Chris Howorth regrouped, filled their vacancies and crafted their best effort to date, the heavy-yet-melodic Blood, which reached Billboard’s Top 20.

The Jim Jones Revue with The KillTones

Sunday • Southgate House Revival

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 8, 2014
Jim Jones was doing loud in London at about the same time Kurt Cobain and Mark Arm discovered their amps went to 11 in the Pacific Northwest.  

Music: The Jim Jones Revue

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 8, 2014
The Jim Jones Revue is a swaggering gene splice of Garage, Glam, Punkabilly and foundational Hard Rock. As Jones spits out his lyrics with the gritty histrionics of David Johansen, Tom Waits and Lemmy  

Music: In This Moment with Butcher Babies

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 8, 2014
Metalcore quintet In This Moment has crafted their best effort to date, the heavy-yet-melodic Blood, which also reached Billboard’s Top 20. The stage show for Blood is   

Music: Weekend

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 8, 2014
There are a lot of aphorisms about second albums: “It takes 20 years to make your first album and nine months to make the second;” “the first album is about life’s big issues; the second is ab