album review en The Mitchells <p>Delicate and crisp -- balancing electric guitar with banjo, cello and more eclectic instruments -- everything about <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>The Mitchells'</strong>&nbsp;self-titled debut album</a> says indie-pop. <span style="line-height: 1.5;">The music is light and drifting and would play perfectly as the soundtrack to the next <strong>Marc Webb</strong>&nbsp;film. It is hard to listen to this album and not imagine yourself leaning out the car window and letting the wind push firmly against your outstretched palm.</span></p><p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 12:12:16 +0000 Jim Nolan 28204 at The Mitchells Elk Creek: Greenfield Project <p>I have a message for those who enjoy listening to live music of any kind - and for those who book the venues that host such events - get to know&nbsp;<strong><a href="" target="_blank">Elk Creek</a></strong>. They are a group of very talented musicians that make some exciting new music and they sound really, really good together.</p><p>The story of <strong>Elk Creek</strong> is one of reunion. <strong>Aaron Price</strong>&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">[vocals]</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, <strong>Jeremy Brown</strong>&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">[harmonica]</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, and <strong>Brad Smith</strong>&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">[guitar]</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;all grew up together and used to play in band called&nbsp;</span><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">Hector </strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">who had a practice space</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;in Trenton, Ohio located on&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Elk Creek Road. </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Two years ago when they 'got the band back together' they added&nbsp;</span><strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Travis&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Estell</span></strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><strong>&nbsp;</strong>on drums and <strong>Nick&nbsp;</strong></span><strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Whittenburg</span></strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;on bass. They quickly noticed that their sound, style and songwriting had all matured. The end result of this reunion is the 7-song EP entitled&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><strong><em>Greenfield Project</em></strong>.</span></p><p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Jim Nolan 28252 at Elk Creek: Greenfield Project Pop Goes the Evil: Love Stained Heart <p>Do you remember <strong><em>Carnivàle&nbsp;</em></strong>- the creepy and surreal, yet sensual HBO series about a roving band of sideshow performers in the American dustbowl? Imagine that that show was made into a Broadway musical. Now, imagine that Jack White, David Lynch, Jello Biafra, Crispin Glover and Tim Burton all collaborated to write the score for this play, based on the writings of Syd Barrett. That will give you a rough idea of my first impression of <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Pop Goes the Evil's</strong></a> new album <em>Love Stained Heart</em>.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">To put it another way - I have absolutely no idea where to begin with this review. There is so much going on in this album that it's like trying to nail green Jell-O to a tree.</span></p><p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Jim Nolan 27677 at Pop Goes the Evil: Love Stained Heart Mangrenade: Severed Part One <p><strong style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="" target="_blank">Mangrenade</a>&nbsp;</strong>is the type of band that can spit a mouthful of the angriest venom in your face and make you smile about it.<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Their music assaults you with a 'Live fast, die young and leave a good-looking corpse' attitude.</span></p><p><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Severed Part One,&nbsp;</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">their just-released project&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">on&nbsp;</span><strong style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="" target="_blank">Red Moth Records</a></strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">,&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">is a pretty drastic and heavier departure from their 2013 EP, </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Lions in the Parking Lot, </em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">which was far&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">smoother and groovier. </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><em>Severed </em>is much more ferocious and propelled by head-banging power and fist-pumping energy. This 'new sound' for Mangrenade&nbsp;can easily be likened to late</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;1980's West Coast heavy metal.</span></p><p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Jim Nolan 27526 at Mangrenade: Severed Part One David Behle: The Message <p><strong style="line-height: 1.5;"><em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">What does it mean to be a dad?</span></em></strong></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">With Father's Day approaching, as a dad myself, I know that it is a title of honor that is not granted by the simple biological act of reproducing one's genetic code. I also know that it is a laurel that requires great humility to wear. Not only are all father's judged according to their offspring, but by a standard set by every father before them. To paraphrase from a bumper-sticker: most any male can be a father, but it takes special character to be a dad. </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">All dads want to be great, but only truly great dads acknowledge that they often fail more than they succeed. Dad-hood requires many choices. Dad-hood itself can be a choice.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Jim Nolan 27450 at David Behle: The Message