Don Chambers’ “Disquietude”

I must admit that I've been digging the more experimental direction that Don Chambers has been taking lately. The gruff voiced, heavy hitting oracle of Athens is known for his Tom Waits like voice and stomping rhythms, so it's nice to hear some strangeness coming out in the form of more experimental mixing. Disquietude is the … Continue reading Don Chambers’ “Disquietude”

Live Review: Odd Trio at Hendershot’s

by Alex TankA Thursday night at Hendershot's is an unassuming span, but this night was handily commanded by the Odd Trio, made up of Marc Gilley, saxophonist (of Athens' funk outfit The HEAP); Todd Mueller, drummer/percussionist; and Brian Smith, guitarist/bassist (of The Georgia Guitar Quartet). The three joyously trotted along through original jazz fusion compositions … Continue reading Live Review: Odd Trio at Hendershot’s

CD Review: Kenosha Kid

By Alex TankEarly in 2010, something magical was happening at the Flicker Theatre in downtown Athens, GA. Even if you caught one of those subtly electrifying Monday night shows, you were probably unaware that your enthusiasm might become a part of Kenosha Kid’s live work entitled Land of Obey out on Nowt Records. The album’s … Continue reading CD Review: Kenosha Kid

CD Review: Venice Is Sinking

It starts with some noodling and a cough, followed by some shouted instructions from a far off voice. The band begins the plaintive "Sidelights." This is Sand and Lines, the latest Venice is Sinking album, and possibly their best so far. The group specializes in the bitter-sweet sounds of heart break and the circumstances surrounding … Continue reading CD Review: Venice Is Sinking

CD Review: Packway Handle Band

When you think of bluegrass, two images come to mind: either a bunch of old guys playing boring twangy tunes from Appalachia or the movie Oh Brother, Where Art Thou? Packway Handle Band is one of the bright lights of bluegrass, taking everything you know about the genre and turning it on its head. They're funny, … Continue reading CD Review: Packway Handle Band