Music Review: Ray Wylie Hubbard, The Ruffian’s Misfortune

Published on April 10th, 2015 in: Current Faves, Music, Music Reviews, Reviews |

By Melissa Bratcher

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Ray Wylie Hubbard is the kind of artist that it takes the world a bit to catch up with. Making a sort of bluesy, country-tinged, mystic-thinking, completely rocking sound, he should have been huge in the Outlaw Country days. Instead, his fame was mostly limited to Texas, despite having made critically acclaimed albums.

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Music Review: Folk Family Revival, Water Walker

Published on April 10th, 2015 in: Music, Music Reviews, Reviews |

By Melissa Bratcher

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I had such high hopes for Folk Family Revival’s Water Walker on the strength of the opening song, “If It Don’t Kill You.” It’s an edgy, urgent, dark-feeling, guitar-driven tune with some pleasing, unforced vocals from singer Mason Langford (and nice siren-like backing vocals). It’s a good opener, one that feels as if there are real stakes here: something is going to happen.

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Music Review: Limblifter, Pacific Milk

Published on April 10th, 2015 in: Canadian Content, Current Faves, Music, Music Reviews, Reviews |

By Tyler Hodg

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A band can be either one of two things: a fragile organism that needs complete concentration to succeed, or a project that possesses a special kind of chemistry that allows it to be picked up at a moment’s notice and still work wonderfully. In the case of Limblifter, who have returned to the studio after nearly 10 years to record and release their fourth album Pacific Milk, it is the latter. It seems as though time away served the band for the better because not only is Pacific Milk a solid album, it may be their best to date.

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Indiegogo Campaign: Creature Feature Horror Film The Void

Published on April 3rd, 2015 in: Horror, Indiegogo Projects, Movies |

By Less Lee Moore

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As the film’s Indiegogo page states:

The Void is an original horror film from writer/director team Steven Kostanski & Jeremy Gillespie. Best known for their work as part of the Astron-6 collective (Manborg, Father’s Day), they are also design and FX veterans of major Hollywood productions (Pacific Rim, Robocop, NBC’s Hannibal).”

“With this project we are pooling over ten years of experience to conjure up a terrifying film that will combine the aesthetic attitude of modern horror cinema as it emerged in the 1970s with the splatter and sophisticated practical special effects that ruled the creature features of the 1980s and early ’90s. But make no mistake, unlike Manborg and Father’s Day, this time we aren’t joking around. We are committed to introducing audiences to a unique horror-mythology.”

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Music Review: Wand, Golem

Published on April 3rd, 2015 in: Current Faves, Music, Music Reviews, Reviews |

By Less Lee Moore

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Last year, Wand released a killer album called Ganglion Reef (review), which included a righteous track called “Flying Golem.” This year, they’ve picked up where they left off with an album named after that mythological creature. I’m not sure why they’re so fascinated with beings brought to life from inanimate matter, but the word “Golem” does provide the kind of fantastic imagery that befits their music.

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Music Review: Jellyfish, Bellybutton and Spilt Milk (Deluxe Reissues)

Published on April 3rd, 2015 in: Current Faves, Music, Music Reviews, Reissues, Retrovirus, Reviews |

By Less Lee Moore

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Like Big Star before them, Jellyfish developed a cult-like fandom that’s far exceeded not only their rather limited output, but also their impact on music charts. Omnivore Recordings, who recently released the soundtrack to the Big Star documentary Nothing Can Hurt Me, has now given the same loving treatment to the Jellyfish legacy with two new reissues of their studio albums—1990′s Bellybutton and 1993′s Spilt Milk—that include a ton of sensational extras, like 51 bonus tracks, full color gatefold sleeves with rare photos, two essays by Ken Sharp, and song-by-song commentary on the original albums from Andy Sturmer, Roger Manning, and Jason Falkner.

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Blu-Ray Review: The Weapon

Published on April 3rd, 2015 in: Blu-Ray, Current Faves, DVD/Blu-Ray Reviews, Movie Reviews, Movies, Reissues, Retrovirus, Reviews |

By Brad Henderson

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As I’ve been going through the movies that Olive Films has reissued, I’ve been finding some that are truly unique, amazing, and kind of unknown. One of these is called The Weapon.

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Music Review: Ryley Walker, Primrose Green

Published on April 3rd, 2015 in: Current Faves, Music, Music Reviews, Reviews |

By Melissa Bratcher

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Ryley Walker’s album Primrose Green feels like it was made by a man unstuck in time. It could be a lost Tim Buckley or Nick Drake album with its jazz-inflected, acoustic guitar-driven pastoral quality. Walker is an amazing guitar player, taking the instrument from gentle, bucolic strumming to aggressively percussive. His fingerpicking is otherworldly.

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Music Review: KDH, Piedmont Rose

Published on April 3rd, 2015 in: Current Faves, Music, Music Reviews, Reviews |

By Tyler Hodg

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Whoever said rock ‘n’ roll is dead is sorely wrong; it’s just been beaten, battered, and bruised, and KDH (Kill Devil Hills) are here to let everyone know. With the release of their sophomore album Piedmont Rose, KDH once again brings their low-fi, high energy, in-your-face sound to the masses, living proof that rock ‘n’ roll is alive and well.

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Music Review: Broken Water, Wrought

Published on March 27th, 2015 in: Current Faves, Feminism, Music, Music Reviews, Reviews |

By Tyler Hodg

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Music is constantly evolving and yet at certain moments, it stands completely still. With their latest full-length album Wrought, Washington punk-rock band Broken Water continues to display their musical influences in their own music, creating a nostalgic-sounding record that will remind many listeners of their angst-filled teenage years. Wrought is totally grunge-tastic and is a blatant throwback to a sound that seems to have gotten lost in recent time.

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