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Andy's last content update – March 5, 2020, 11:42 a.m.

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යන්ත්‍ර.මන්ත්‍ර.ගුරුකම්!, 2020

7.0 / 10

Given that I’ve put together year-end lists of the strangest albums I heard for the past couple years, I was pointed to this release coming out of Sri Lanka. It’s ...

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Puppy and the Hand Jobs

I Hate Everything, 2019

6.3 / 10
200 Words Or Less

It'd be quite easy to write off (the fantastically named) Puppy and the Hand Jobs for making self-described “trash rock and roll.” Much as is the case with bands like The ...

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Avant Duel

Beyond Human, 2012

7.6 / 10

Spaceman comes to Earth, fronts rock band!It sounds like it might be a Weekly World News headline or the subplot to a ‘60s-era Godzilla film, yet this is allegedly what happened when, in the ...

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The Violet Mindfield

Hello Darling, 2019

8.0 / 10

While music groups have tried to emulate the sounds of the past in various ways, this is perhaps nowhere more evident than in the world of psychedelic music. Though one ...

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SXSW 2018

Music SXSW 2018

Posted April 8, 2018, 12:53 p.m.

The year's third month is always a crazy time to be in Austin, what with the South by Southwest Festival taking up March's middle third, but the overall ...

Cindy Marabito (The Dicks From Texas)

One Question Interviews Cindy Marabito (The Dicks From Texas)

Posted Dec. 5, 2017, 1:13 p.m.

Cindy Marabito (The Dicks From Texas) SPB: Living in Austin and being a part of South by Southwest for the last several years, I'm often struck by the, what ...

SXSW 2017

Music SXSW 2017

Posted April 15, 2017, 1:38 a.m.

A year after the standing President of the United States attended and lectured at the South by Southwest Festival, politics were again front and center for much of 2017's ...

Scene Point Blank - Spryos Stasis

One Question Interviews Scene Point Blank - Spryos Stasis

Posted June 1, 2016, 3:33 a.m.

Spyros Stasis SPB: (How) Has work in sound engineering affected your music tastes and/or reviewing? Spyros Stasis: It has not affected so much my outlook on the quality of ...

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SPB Exclusive Album Stream: Beneath the Bones by KaiL Baxley

Records SPB Exclusive Album Stream: Beneath the Bones by KaiL Baxley

Posted March 5, 2020, 11:42 a.m.

Looking at the bio of singer-songwriter KaiL Baxley – having dance-offs witha then-incarcerated James Brown while visiting his also incarcerated mother, supporting himself as a teenager by digging graves, his Golden ...

KaiL Baxley can be found on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and is performing a series of shows throughout March at the Alibi Palm Springs. Beneath the Bones releases tomorrow March 6th through AntiFragile Music and can be streamed below.

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SPB Premiere: "Brutal Tandem" by Fred Cracklin

Records SPB Premiere: "Brutal Tandem" by Fred Cracklin

Posted Feb. 25, 2020, 9:44 a.m.

Based in Western Massachusetts, Fred Cracklin, the duo of guitarist Adam Bosse and drummer Max Goldstein, describes their music as “spazz metal jazz.” For me, the name of the lead ...

Fred Cracklin’s new album, Anxiety Kinship, can be preordered here and releases on April 10 as a collaboration between the Sad Cactus and Midnight Werewolf labels.  If “Brutal Tandem” is any indication, it should be a wild ride. Get your freak on and sink your teeth into the track below.

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SPB Premiere - "State and Perish" by Shadow People

Records SPB Premiere - "State and Perish" by Shadow People

Posted Feb. 11, 2020, 9:25 a.m.

A sense of tension and unease pervades Batom Rouge, the upcoming third release (following 2017’s Pharamoans and the following year’s Secrets) from Baton Rouge trio Shadow People. Describing ...

Upcoming shows:
March 7th Woodshop Baton Rouge, LA
March 28th P&Hcafe Memphis, TN

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Video Premiere - "Casual and Reckless" by Restless Habs

Records Video Premiere - "Casual and Reckless" by Restless Habs

Posted Feb. 4, 2020, 12:18 p.m.

Since 2008, Cleveland, Ohio’s Restless Habs, originally formed by veteran players Ken Blaze and Peter Woodward of the Unknown, have been steadily pumping out releases (six EPs to date ...

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Seeking Respite from Ubiquitous Holiday Pop...

Posted Dec. 25, 2015, 4:03 p.m. by Andy

In the month leading up to the holiday, it's often difficult to escape the near-continual assault of schmaltzy Christmas music. It seems virtually every artist of note in the last ...

Andy's Favorite Horror Film Soundtracks

Posted Oct. 31, 2015, 11:11 a.m. by Andy

Though usually panned by the majority of film critics – the mainstream ones anyway- horror films seem to be a Hollywood mainstay that just won't go away. This is hardly ...

Film Review - 1988's Not of This Earth

Posted Oct. 31, 2015, 10:27 a.m. by Andy

Made in 1957, director Roger Corman's typically efficient low-budget sci-fi flick Not of This Earth came to be regarded as a minor genre classic in the years to come – and ...

Film Review - Profondo Rosso, a.k.a. Deep Red

Posted Oct. 31, 2015, 10:09 a.m. by Andy

In the midst of the opening credits sequence for Italian director Dario Argento's 1975 Profondo Rosso (a.k.a. Deep Red), the viewer is treated to a truncated scene appearing to show ...

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