REVIEW: Shinyribs’ “Fog & Bling” Is Infectiously Funky Fun

If laughter is the best medicine and music soothes the soul while taming the savage beast, we could use more Shinyribs in our lives right now. Luckily, that joyful, Austin-based “psycho-active gulf coast funk ʼn soul” outfit (to quote their motto from an old t-shirt design) has got that medicine and brings it once again […]

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REVIEW: Midnight Singers’ “Nowhere Else” Reflects Philly’s Robust Americana Scene

Unbeknownst to many, the Gloria Dei (aka, Old Swedes’) Episcopalian Church in the historic Queen Village area of Philadelphia has been home to a burgeoning Americana-centered music scene. Fostered by the church’s on- site Sexton, Jim Minacci, and his wife Paula, their Sexton Sideshow collaborative has been welcoming up-and-coming as well as established singer-songwriters and […]

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Show Review: Rylan Brooks Strikes Country Gold at Phoenixville’s Colonial Theater

Rylan Brooks, led by truck-driving songwriter/vocalist/guitarists Nate Rylan and Chris Brooks, aims to deliver songs influenced by “the sound of 60’s & 70’s country music… when Country was COUNTRY.” Their particular approach to the genre is a mix of Outlaw with “some funny” and “some ugly.” As Brooks explains, “Look, we all go through the […]

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REVIEW: Who? What? When? Why? & Werewolves?’ “Greatest Hits” Hits the Spot with Its Dark Lyricism and Defiantly Indie-Bluegrass Vibe

While plenty of bands have mixed bits of hard rock or punk flavoring into their Americana / Alt Country sound — Whiskeytown, the Waco Brothers, Old 97s and Uncle Tupelo all come quickly to mind — few have completely changed course and jumped directly from rock’s basic aesthetic, with its three-chords- and-some-angst sonic palette, to […]

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