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Friday, Sep 18, 2009

While I am not the first to say this, I would like to extend a warm welcome back to the Meat Puppets. On 12 May 2009 the grunge-era rockers made a triumphant return to rock music with the release of their critically acclaimed album Sewn Together. Marking the second album since the band reunited in 2007, Sewn Together has been described as clever and more polished than past works. In an interview with Larry Rodgers of the Arizona Republic, Meat Puppets bassist, vocalist, lyricist and producer Cris Kirkwood said: “Sewn Together (which followed 2007’s Rise to your Knees) represents Curt and I getting beyond the fact that we’re just back together. I think the singing is better than ever.”


To celebrate the newish album the band has released a brand-new music video for the single “Rotten Shame”. They have also been touring more vigorously than ever before. In attempts to connect with fans, both new and old, the band has been accepting set-list requests for their live shows at: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Tour dates after the jump.



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Friday, Sep 18, 2009

Buddy Miller at the 2008 Americana Music Festival [Photo: Sarah Zupko]


PopMatters perennial favorite Buddy Miller swept last night’s Americana Music Association Awards at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville for his recent duet album with wife Julie Miller. Written in Chalk is indeed one of the finest albums of the year in any genre. In the clip below, Miller discusses the making of the acclaimed album, which also features collaborations with Robert Plant, Emmylou Harris, and Patty Griffin. Miller also won Artist of the Year and Duo/Group of the Year. Full list of winners after the jump.



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Thursday, Sep 10, 2009

The show Fear Itself was a horror/thriller anthology series that aired on NBC beginning on June 8th, 2008. Despite given the time of Thursday at 10pm/9pm central, the show did not live up to the ratings numbers needed and was canceled after the show went on hiatus in order to make room for the 2008 Olympics.


The show title was derived from the Franklin D. Roosevelt quote, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself”. The show was in the same line as the show Masters of Horror, each episode was a self contained story that usually ended with a twist, and each story had its own distinct characters portrayed by different characters. In addition, the episodes were all the vision of different directors, the best and biggest in the horror genre such as John Landis (American Werewolf in London), Brad Anderson (Transsiberian), Stuart Gordon (Re-Animator), Darren Lynn Bousman (Saw II, Saw III and Saw IV) and John Dahl (Joy Ride).


Now, FearNET, both a website and onDemand cable network have secured the rights to air the series, including the last five unaired episodes, which can be seen via Comcast or via the website, www.fearnet.com



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Tuesday, Aug 25, 2009
Chicago hip-hop R&B singer/rapper/writer Nikki Lynette gives her last home performance before she relocates to New York City.

Nikki Lynette, a fresh faced hip-hop ingenue, has become something of a fixture on the independent Chicago hip-hop scene in recent years. Whether modeling along with her backup singers, singing a commercial jingle, writing lyrics for rap artists or interviewing people such as reggae master Sean Paul, she has her hands in all aspects of the entertainment medium. Her songs can be found on sites like MySpace, as well as through her own website.


Her sounds are reminiscent of the artists that she calls her musical inspirations: OutKast, Lauryn Hill, Prince and Queen. As a result, much of her music is energetic, lively and designed to make your hips move to the beat and has a signature all its own. She breathes life and fun into her music, which can best be called hip-hop punk.


She is a Chicago native and will be performing one last time at the Cubby Bear on August 27th before she relocates to New York City to record a full length studio album.


Cubby Bear is located at 1059 W. Addison Street in Chicago. Doors open at 9:30pm and there is no cover. You must be 21 and up for entry.


Here is a sample of what you will hear at the show, which SHOULD NOT be missed.



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Friday, Mar 27, 2009

For those of us unable to attend SXSW, such as myself, Tanya Morgan recorded their live set to add to our jealousy. With 10 tracks ranging from teasers to interludes to full-length cuts, this is certainly a nice treat and preview of their upcoming album Brooklynati. While this mix cannot compare to the vibe of actually being there and losing your mind in person, you could always turn this way up, let it bump, and pretend.


Tanya Morgan
Official Live Recordings [MP3s]


 


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