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Thursday July 24 , 2014
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Check Out: Ben Harper & Relentless 7

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Rock out with your Weissenborn out.

Soul serenade-er Ben Harper is at it yet again with a brand new project. If you are not familiar with Ben Harper, you have been trapped under a musical boulder for the past ten years. Anyway, for his new band Relentless 7, he requested the help of a hard rock trio from Los Angeles including Jesse Ingalls, Jason Mozersky, and Jordan Richardson. Harper traded in his folkin’ soul-surf side for an electric Weissenborn and overly-energetic stage antics. I actually saw them live at the Variety Playhouse in Atlanta and watched Harper leap from the bass drum and slam a tambourine against the floor. Their debut album “White Lies for Dark Times” is screaming with fuzz-filled guitars, pounding percussion, and intensely poetic vocals typical of Harper. Fans of all out, pulse riding, raw rock & roll, you have to check out Ben Harper & Relentless 7.

 

Check Out: Mason Jennings

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Check Out: Mason Jennings

A singing, songwriting, and folking veteran.

A friend of a friend introduced me to Jennings. After about three weeks of persistent “Hey you need to listen to this guy!” exclamations, I decided to finally venture into iTunes and download his newest album “In The Ever”. It blew me away. Though his vocals aren’t the greatest thing I’ve heard this century, his imperfections have a very strange appeal to them. And his songwriting is impeccable. Highlights on the album include “I Love You and Buddha Too”, a Harrison-like hymn to religious tolerance, “Fighter Girl”, a cheerful romantic sing-along, and “Your New Man”, a satirical attack at an ex-girlfriend. The album was produced and released by Jack Johnson’s label, Brushfire Records, which forces a beachy, beatnik attitude onto the artist’s already laid-back style. You have to check out Mason Jennings.

 

   

Check Out: Tea Leaf Green

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More than just noodling.

 

Attention all Dead Heads, Phans, and Spreadnecks, I have found yet another group of youthful musicians worthy of carrying on the jam-band torch. Equipped with an arsenal of catchy riffs, numerous instruments, and a dedicated following, Tea Leaf Green may be joining the elite group of jam legends in the near future. The first song I listened to was “Red Ribbons” the first track on their latest album “Raise Up The Tent” and immediately felt like I should be in a field surrounded by dancing gypsies and Bob Weir look-alikes. Driven by front-man Trevor Garrod’s punching piano, the band does a great job of accompanying one another’s instruments and giving each song a definite groove. You have to check out the new faces of “jam”, Tea Leaf Green.

 

   

Check Out: A.A. Bondy

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A new folk troubadour.

 

I found A.A. Bondy about a year ago in a mess of monotonous folk-singers. It seems anyone with an acoustic guitar, a book of Dylan lyrics, and Rayban Wayfarers thinks he can be a folk-singer. But there’s something different with Bondy. He seems to have possessed some dark, ancient, soul that lived off of a diet of whiskey and hard-tack. His songs have a simplistic tone complete with that Dylan-esque accompanying harmonica that goes hand in hand with a guitar hiked up to your collar-bone. A.A. Bondy’s first release “American Hearts” is his best, in my opinion. It effortlessly captures his oppressed Americana sound, found in the deep mountains of Colorado or Wyoming or somewhere like that. His music makes me want to strap on some over-alls, steel-toed boots, and go feed the cows. You have to check out A.A. Bondy.

 


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Check Out: Buffalo Killers

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I spent $10.99 on a trip to the seventies...


Last Sunday afternoon, I was browsing iTunes and came across the Buffalo Killers, a power trio from Cincinnati. Take Cream, Traffic, and Black Sabbath and throw them in an over-sized blender, plug it in, and pour the resulting concoction on an antique record player from 1969, and you will have the beard-wielding psychedelic rockers that are The Buffalo Killers. And holy poop they have blown my mind lately. Their latest album “Let It Ride” is a raw, unfiltered collection of sixteen songs (some with alternate versions) and was produced by Black Keys’ front man Dan Auerbach and released on Alive Records. The band consists of two brothers, Andrew and Zachary Gabbard with drummer Joseph Sebaali, and is currently on tour with fellow sibling rockers The Black Crowes. Someone buy me tickets. Gabbard's chilling vocals match the antique tone of his rustic guitar perfectly, accompanied by his sibling's thumping bass. The sound is then confidently sealed by Sebaali's flailing bohemian drums. You have to check out Buffalo Killers.


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