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Waxed - Record Review from Issue #28 July-Aug 2000

Various Artists – Full Circle: A Tribute To Gene Clark

It’s hard to believe the rehabilitation of the tattered legacy of Gene Clark has taken so long to instigate. The ultimate image of 1965 cool, Clark — with his brooding, velvety voice and a sackful of moody, introspective, unforgettable songs such as “Feel A Whole Lot Better” and “Set You Free This Time” — was [...]

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Waxed - Record Review from Issue #26 March-April 2000

Willie Nile – Beautiful Wreck Of The World

With his raspy yelp of a voice, a poetic gift both urbane and romantic, and a wildly kinetic and acrobatic stage show, Willie Nile burst onto the late ’70s New York City scene as the bastard spawn of Bob Dylan and Patti Smith. Despite two fine albums for Arista and a high-profile tour opening for [...]

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Miked - Live Reviews from Issue #16 July-Aug 1998

Damnations / Hazeldine – Stubb’s (Austin, TX)

Taking the stage on the first certifiably oppressive night of the summer — earlier, Central Texas experienced its first 100-degree day of 1998 — in Stubb’s downstairs dungeon of a music hall, the Damnations proceeded to reel off song after song of the stomp and glory that has made this Austin band so special over [...]

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Miked - Live Reviews from Issue #15 May-June 1998

P.F. Sloan – Waterloo Brewing Company (Austin, TX)

Songwriting legend P.F. Sloan’s first Texas appearance in as long as anyone can remember was a low-key one, even though it came in the midst of the South by Southwest Music Festival. Though he has released one indie album, (Still On The) Eve Of Destruction, and has made several stateside and overseas appearances in recent [...]

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From the Blogs

  • Rod Kennedy (1930-2014) and the Kerrville Folk Festival - Interview & Remembrance
    Rod Kennedy’s legacy is incalculable for those who truly love music, he departed this earthly plane on Monday 14th April 2014. R.I.P. The following “warts and all” late May 1986 interview with Mr. Kennedy, the founder of the Kerrville Folk Festival, was the lead feature in the debut issue of the Kerrville Kronikle fanzine sometime around 1988. No serendipity […]
  • Lydia Loveless - Somewhere Else (Album Review)
    I’ve heard a lot of really unique descriptions of Lydia Loveless's new album, "Somewhere Else".  It’s always X + Y that supposedly equals a new sound.  None of them seem to capture the essence of the record for me.  On Loveless’s Facebook page, her sound is described as “Loretta Lynn and Patti Smith slamming shots at a Midwestern dive bar whil […]
  • Q and A with Miss Tess and the Talkbacks
    Miss Tess and the Talkbacks are an edgy band.  Edgy in a good way.  From song to song you never know what kind of potion the band will cook up for the listener.  They are masters at so many different styles and when all is said and done, they’re just plain awesome.  Grooving modern vintage music is what they sometimes call their genre and that’s perfect.  It […]
  • Bridie Jackson and the Arbour - New Skin (Album Review)
    Who knew that Choral flavoured Folk music could be this cool? When I first encountered Bridie Jackson and the Arbour three years ago they were like a breath of fresh air blowing across a very stale and dusty Folk music scene; and nothing has changed in the intervening years; apart from them getting better. For once it is genuinely difficult to point you to i […]
  • Blair Dunlop - House of Jacks (Album Review)
    Young folksinger finds a voice to match his impressive words Even at the tender age of 22, Blair Dunlop already has all the hallmarks of a seasoned pro: fronting the reformed and regenerated Albion Band, touring solo virtually non-stop, winning plaudits and awards for his debut album in 2012; all of which all brings us to what they call ‘the difficult second […]
  • Katie Herzig - Walk Through Walls (Album Review)
    Once upon a time, Katie Herzig wore her heart on her sleeve and wielded an acoustic guitar, both apropos of being a singer/songwriter. These days, though, she keeps company with synthesizers and drum loops. Yeah, the heart is still right there on the sleeve, but now you can groove to its beat. Herzig's new collection, Walk Through Walls, is a song cycle […]

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