Reviewed by Harry Kaplan
The prolific king of noise is at it again. Freedom’s Goblin was released a year after Ty’s self titled magnum opus from 2017. That album earned the top spot of TwangriLa’s best albums of 2017. I don’t know when Ty gets any rest because he is constantly touring and creating music. The argument of quality vs quantity does not apply here. There is absolutely no loss of quality even though Ty is releasing albums at a breakneck pace. (more…)
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Reviewed by Harry Kaplan
This song moved me to tears when I was just exposed to the audio. Now that I have the video and can see the band actually performing, I have goose flesh all over. The sound quality of this vid is above average and an easy listen. This song is about drug addiction and Dorothy does a great job of singing about this sensitive topic without glamorizing it. The raw emotion is palpable and the band gives it everything they got. They leave it all on stage, there is no waste or missed opportunity. This only has 917 hit presently. That is shameful, we can do better. 
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Reviewed by Harry Kaplan
Acid drenched folk and blues has never sounded so gosh dang good. I mean like something I have been waiting for-for a long, long time. I found it, or it found me, I should say. I was scouring the new releases, as I am want to do, and I clicked on 28 Days In The Valley by Dorothy. From the opening notes, there is something there that made me want more. Three full listens later, I am prepared to write my review. (more…)

Reviewed by Harry Kaplan
The little engine that could is this band from Louisville, Kentucky named The New Rhythm And Blues Quintet, or NRBQ. I used to hear NRBQ in the early 80s on the great WHFS out of Bethesda, before it was sold to WTOP. I remember this band was quirky and funny, but clearly these guys were some seriously talented musicians. And not just a little bit of talent, but a whole boat load of talent.  (more…)

 

 

Review by Harry Kaplan
“If you build it they will come”, so the saying goes. But if Deer Tick plays Baltimore, will the people show up? The answer is a unanimous yes. I am proud of my town coming out to support a great band. I was quite encouraged. If Baltimore Soundstage wasn’t sold out, it was pretty darn close. That place was packed last night. Not only did the boys play one set, they played two full sets! Set 1 was acoustic and Set 2 was electric. They are going back to The Grateful Dead in Radio City Music Hall in 1980. Deer Tick personnel can pull this off because they all have enormous talent. 

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Reviewed by Harry Kaplan
I don’t usually highlight a single, I prefer reviewing EPs or full length albums. Having written that, I am compelled to review this single on its release date, which is today. Frances Luke Accord (FLA) has an extra base hit on their hands. Will it be a double, triple, or home run? Time will tell. It may go out of the park but that will take more time to determine and more data. ‘Maria’ is definitely on a nice trajectory, we just don’t know where it will land.

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Reviewed by Harry Kaplan
Have you ever heard of Chris Smither? If the answer is no, then the system has failed us. This is the 73 year old Smither’s 17th album which Smither has been making dating back to 1970. The man has had quite a career and Call Me Lucky illustrates that Smither still has plenty of gas in the tank. It is much harder making the 17th album than it is the first. The more one learns about a particular discipline, the harder it is to break the rules and continue to grow. Those stigmas do not apply to Chris.

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