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by Andrew Gilstrap

19 Mar 2009

Joe Pug’s making some waves right now in singer-songwriter circles with soaring, confessional fare like “I Do My Father’s Drugs”. Live, his mix of Dylanesque singing, John Prine-style finger-picking, and Springsteen-like guitar movements, made for an interesting folk performance. The room was a little echoey, despite being full of people downing free beer, but Pug held his own, maintaining the forcefulness that makes his debut EP such a strong listen.

 

 

by Andrew Gilstrap

19 Mar 2009

I’m always a little suspicious of any songwriter with a “wounded bird” persona, but it’s part of the territory in the world of singer-songwriters, many of whom are truly wearing their hearts on their sleeves and exorcising their demons. So it was definitely endearing when Furman, who seemed like a skittish rabbit when talking to the crowd, defended the sincerity of all of the bands playing SXSW and declared, “This is our band and we’re the best band here”. Under the shadows of the lone sycamore tree that shades the Creekside Lounge deck, Furman and his band, the Harpoons, offered an infectious blend of sensitive singer-songwriting with straightforward Modern Lovers-style punk pop.

 

 

by Andrew Gilstrap

19 Mar 2009

Mufreesboro, Tennessee’s Glossary are a favorite band amongst the alt-country community, and it’s easy to see why: They write good songs and they can raise a ruckus on par with the Drive-by Truckers. Playing a set consisting entirely of new songs, Glossary came across as more fluid and more melodic than they ever appear on disc—especially when it came to the guitar interplay. With luck, the upcoming new record will finally reflect this. For this day show, Glossary were solid, but didn’t display much of the abandon for which they’re known.

 

 

by Thomas Britt

19 Mar 2009

Jason Pierce’s Spiritualized, officially revived with last year’s Songs in A & E, will perform landmark 1997 album Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space live in its entirety as part of ATP Concerts’ Don’t Look Back series.

The fully loaded performance will take place on Monday, October 12 at the Royal Festival Hall in London. Tickets are on sale now. A Legacy Edition of the album is also expected to be released in October.

 

 

by Jason Gross

19 Mar 2009

In another example of creative experimenting, Time mag is trying out a limited edition publication that’s kind of a… (get ready for an overused term) mash-up.  According to an Associated Press story:

“Time Inc. is experimenting with a customized magazine that combines reader-selected sections from eight publications as it tries to mimic in printed form the personalized news feeds that have become popular on the Internet.”

Basically, you chose the stories among 56 possible combinations.  Interesting idea and they’re right to try it out in a small dose at first to see how it goes.  A drawback is that it’s focused on one advertiser so, as the article notes, it’s hard to do targeted ads, which would ideally be a big plus for a pub like this.

Still, it can’t do much worse than many pubs that are out there already struggling.

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Stone Dead: Murder and Myth in 'Medousa'

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"A wry tale which takes in Greek mythology, punk rock and influences of American suspense-drama, this is an effective and curious thriller about myth and obsession.

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