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Urgencies

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Austin’s Urgencies kicks out straight-ahead rock ‘n’ roll. Enthusiastic and a tad angsty, the foursome conveys a sense of constantly expiring time here on their first official album, Manifesto. Punk and poundi...


Anne Feeney

Dump The Bosses Off Your Back (Self-released)
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One of the reasons we learn history, teachers tell us, is so that we’re not condemned to repeat it.



Five Times August

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Brad Skistimas, the 24-year-old Dallasite who operates under the sweeping moniker Five Times August, recently released his second full-length effort, Brighter Side.


David “Honeyboy” Edwards

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David “Honeyboy” Edwards is no longer in his prime, but he’s still got the feel for the old-time, acoustic blues.



Samuel James

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Samuel James’ version of the blues mixes tradition, sly humor, and a knowing wink with a steady, almost hypnotic acoustic beat.


Backside Pick

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On its new seven-song album, Like I Do, Backside Pick delivers a tight, scholarly mix of sounds, including something reminiscent of a high school marching band, with trumpet, trombone, and saxophone.



Jefferson Pepper

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Influenced by Patti Smith, Nirvana, The Clash, Neil Young, John Prine, Johnny Cash, his factory-worker father, and coal-miner and farmer grandparents, Jefferson Pepper spent two years in his home in the Conewago Mountains (Sout...


Tim Hensley

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Tim Hensley’s debut CD, Long Monday, has been a long time coming and is sure to stand as one of the best country-bluegrass releases of 2008.



John-Alex Mason

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For more than one generation of fans, the blues “belonged” to old black men with slurred voices.


Jonathan Tyler & The Northern Lights

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When this CD arrived on my desk, I have to admit I wanted to like the music.