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August 2009

The Avett Brothers

The Avett Brothers don't just appeal to hippies anymore. Their recent Orlando show showcased a genre-defying band with talent beyond their numbers. Jen Cray is a newly born fan.

Green Day

Jen Cray is delighted to report that Green Day has morphed into an unstoppable rock 'n' roll band, capable of holding entire arenas of fans in the palm of its collective sweaty hand. Whether you believe it or not is up to you.

Jeffree Star

The reigning queen of MySpace wowed his faithful Orlando flock with a short but sweet performance, yet Chris Long can't help but wonder if Jeffree Star is more style than substance.

Jenny Lewis

Jenny Lewis drenches Orlando with her sweet and soulful country tinged folk music. Jen Cray is amongst the adoring, sold-out crowd.

Rise Against / Rancid

The Rise Against/Rancid tour has been a hot ticket all summer, but only in Orlando was it scorching enough to not only require that a second date get added, but to result in a double night sell-out. Jen Cray squeezed into the pit for the opening evening.

Rock The Bells

Rock the Bells kicked off its 2009 hip-hop festival tour in Chicago -- just two days after Michael Jackson's sudden death. Chris Catania took in this year's finest while ruminating on the psychology of a crowd in mourning.

Starlight Mints

Norman, OK natives Starlight Mints hit Orlando as part of their brief Southeast tour, and Bryan Tilford was there to goggle at the lights.

Tori Amos

Tori Amos has been setting fire to fans' hearts and minds for 17 years, Jen Cray among them. Her recent Orlando show was, as usual, a rousing success.

Warped Tour 2009

Downsizing to fit a twisted economy, the Van's Warped Tour still brought in massive crowds for their 15th annual summertime circus. Jen Cray slathered on sunblock for the St. Petersburg, Florida show.

Features

Les Paul

James Mann finds it hard to say goodbye to an American Genius, and recounts all the wonderful ways he said hello.

Interviews

Bill Bruford

Bill Bruford, former drummer for Yes and King Crimson, chats with Carl F Gauze about the differences between rock and jazz, the recent RIAA case ruling, and his supposed retirement.

Dredg

Gavin Hayes sure likes to keep busy. His band Dredg is co-headlining a U.S. tour, then touring Europe and Australia and performing with author Salman Rushdie -- all by the end of the year. Tim Wardyn discussed the new album The Pariah, The Parrot, The Delusion as well as religion and families in this revealing yet intimate interview.

Juba Dance: Ben Lamar

S D Green catches up with the sensational Ben Lamar from hip-hop-blues-brazilian band Juba Dance to discuss how fruit can be music, and how porpoises can be clever.

Music Reviews

Big Star

#1 Record/Radio City (Concord Records). Review by Carl F Gauze.

Kikumoto Allstars

House Music LP (Gigolo). Review by Carl F Gauze.

Music B

Black Rio 2

Original Samba Soul 1971–1979 (Strut). Review by Matthew Moyer.

Blacklist

Midnight of the Century (Wierd). Review by Matthew Moyer.

Marc Bonilla / Toy Matinee / 3rd Matinee

EE Ticket, American Matador, Toy Matinee, Meanwhile (Noble Rot Records ). Review by Tim Wardyn.

The Breeders

Fate to Fatal EP. Review by Shelton Hull.

Bricolage

Bricolage (Slumberland). Review by Carl F Gauze.

Bill Bruford

An Introduction to Bill Bruford's Winterfold Records (Winterfold). Review by Carl F Gauze.

Music C

Clock Hands Strangle

Distacatti and Live at WMSE. Review by Carl F Gauze.

Coathangers

Scramble (Suicide Squeeze). Review by Matthew Moyer.

Music F

Nic Fanciulli

Global Underground (Global Underground). Review by Carl F Gauze.

Music G

The Greencards

Fascination (Sugar Hill Records). Review by Tim Wardyn.

Music I

Infintesmal

The Better Jacksonville Plan (Infintesmal). Review by Matthew Moyer.

Music L

Lullatone

We Will Rock You... To Sleep (Audio Dregs). Review by Matthew Moyer.

Stephen Lynch

3 Balloons (What Are Records?). Review by Tim Wardyn.

Music M

My Tronic

Nite Club (Tape Theory). Review by Carl F Gauze

Music N

New Roman Times

On The Sleeve (New Granada). Review by Carl F Gauze.

Music P

Dolly Parton

Backwoods Barbie Collector's Edition (Dolly). Review by Matthew Moyer.

Music R

Red Stick Ramblers

My Suitcase is Always Packed (Sugar Hill). Review by Carl F Gauze

Music S

Sunn0)))

Monoliths and Dimensions (Southern Lord). Review by Matthew Moyer.

Music T

Tiny Masters of Today

Skeleton (Mute). Review by Carl F Gauze

Music Z

Hermas Zopoula

Espoir / Live in Ouagadougou (Asthmatic Kitty). Review by Carl F Gauze

Print Reviews

Breakshot: A Life in the 21st Century American Mafia

Kenny Gallo, aka "Kenji", aka "Ken Calo", aka "Kenji Kodama", aka "Ramon Gomez", aka "Ramon Gonzalez" and, of course, aka "Kenny G." Shelton Hull ponders the memoirs of a gangster and informant.

The Titans Companion Volume 2

This book serves both as another great addition to your library of comics reference material and a useful mental health tool, sez Bruce Phillips! Read on...

The Soddyssey and Other Tales of Supernatural Law

Bruce Phillips goes all goony over this new collection of Batton Lash's pioneering creepy/funny comic series.

Of Mule and Man

M*A*S*H creator Mike Farrell takes a rental Prius on a cross-country book tour and ruminates on the 2008 political climate. Carl F Gauze suspects it's a Hummer with a Prius shell.

Screen Reviews

Inglourious Basterds

Cross of Iron. The Dirty Dozen. The Devil's Brigade. The Guns of Navarone. Does Quentin Tarantino's ambitious new WWII flick deserve to join such esteemed company? War-movie buff and Tarantino fan Steve Stav casts his vote.