Rio En Medio – Bride of Dynamite

Rio En Medio – Bride of Dynamite / 2007 Gnomonsong / 12 Tracks / / / Reviewed 17 June 2007
“You Can Stand” is the first track on Rio En Medio’s “Bride of Dynamite”, and the slower, more soulful sound created by the band during this track is telling. As it sits at the head of the album, the rest of the disc is tempered by the music that is contained within. This is heard in the disc’s second track, “Heaven is High”, just as it is heard throughout the rest of “Bride of Dynamite”. The female vocals may be slow and drawn-out, but the band seems to pull influence from the sixties, specifically the folk and more psychedelic sounds of that decade. Continue reading “Rio En Medio – Bride of Dynamite”

Johnathan Wilson – Frankie Ray

Johnathan Wilson – Frankie Ray / 2007 Koch / 16 Tracks / / / Reviewed 17 June 2007

The tag that I see Wilson tagged with is “rock”. I would have to not agree with that, as songs like “Calvary” rely much more on a country-western and seventies pop sound than anything remotely close to rock music. The walking bass line, the strung-out vocals, everything on “Frankie Ray” seems to put Wilson into a C&W box. Continue reading “Johnathan Wilson – Frankie Ray”

Michael Buble – Call Me Irresponsible

Michael Buble – Call Me Irresponsible / 2007 Reprise / 14 Tracks / / / Reviewed 17 June 2007

Michael Buble is all the rage in the right circles, but is not among the key demographics that would turn this very successful artist into the “next big thing”. However, this artist may be able to establish eirself in the minds of a larger range of listeners with this effort. Two tracks from this album have charted at the present time; “Everything” and “Me And Mrs Jones”, and Buble’s star is beginning to shine (culminating in eir performance replacing Tony Bennett on American Idol). The only thing that seems to spell trouble for me on “Call Me Irresponsible” is the fact that Buble does a number of covers on the album. I understand that it is a common thing for crooners to do at this date and time (include a number of covers on their album), but I think that more copies would sell if Buble was able to break free and wow fans more consistently with eir own material. Continue reading “Michael Buble – Call Me Irresponsible”

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South Florida Music Festival to Rival Tuscany and Ravinia

Festival of the Arts Boca Poised to Make an Indelible Mark in the International Music Scene in 08

The line-up for the second installment of Festival of the Arts BOCA (FAB) is nothing less than remarkable. The 2008 Festival of the Arts BOCA is ambitious and undoubtedly will be well received by international music and literary enthusiasts. Continue reading “South Florida Music Festival to Rival Tuscany and Ravinia”

Dagger #39

Dagger #39 / $2|$3.50PPD / 1:15 / / 

Dagger is one of those zines that I am not sure if I am comfortable reading. There are so many acts that I’ve never even gotten close to hearing (this issue features The Cat’s Miaow, Slovenly, Colin Clary, and Surefire Broadcast), and those acts that are more established are very few (Mission of Burma and The Decemberists this issue). Furthermore, I think I’m uncomfortable with how the editors of Dagger believe individuals are familiar with all of the acts that are covered. If there was more of the way of an introduction to some of these acts, I think individuals that might not have had a good introduction to the act in he past could gain an appreciation for the acts covered. I believe The Big Takeover does this well with the acts covered, and that Dagger could stand to benefit from predicating more of these pieces with reasons why individuals should focus on the acts in the magazine. The amount of advertisements in this magazine is par for the course with the large print-run magazines, and are really well suited to the coverage that Dagger gives. The price really cannot be beat, and for individuals that wish to find acts on the periphery of popularity, Dagger may just be the magazine that they first pick up in the morning. It may take a trip to the band’s Myspace or Wikipedia to find out why exactly they should listen to the act, but Dagger seems to have good decisions each issue for the fan of more indie types of music.

Rating: 5.8/10

Highly Anticipated Gutter Twins Record Saturnalia Scheduled for March 4th, 2008 Worldwide Release

SEATTLE, WA – Sub Pop veterans Greg Dulli and Mark Lanegan return to the label in its 20th year under the moniker The Gutter Twins for the March 4th, 2008 worldwide release of Saturnalia, their highly anticipated first album. In addition, the band has announced a handful of very special US and European show dates to preview the complex and carefully crafted songs in advance of the official record release. Show dates and on sale information provided below. Continue reading “Highly Anticipated Gutter Twins Record Saturnalia Scheduled for March 4th, 2008 Worldwide Release”