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March 2010

Event Reviews

Against Me!

Against Me! test drives both a new drummer and a new set of songs on a mini-Florida tour that finds them squeezing into the packed confines of The Social in Orlando.

The English Beat

The English Beat, a division of the Two Tone Army, invades Firestone Live in Orlando, but it's opening band Fishbone that emerges victorious.

Flogging Molly

Flogging Molly didn't give up much for Lent, instead bringing one hell of a happy show to Orlando's House of Blues.

Imelda May

Rockabilly, blues, jazz — delightful Dublin diva Imelda May put everything but the kitchen sink on the Moore Theater's stage. Seattle hepcat Steve Stav was there to admire it all.

Indigo Girls

Jen Cray enjoys a time trip back to 1994 with everyone's favorite college radio folk duo, Indigo Girls.

Jonathan Richman

Literally dancing with bells on, legendary songwriter Jonathan Richman delighted Orlando fans with an acoustic show that felt more like a poetry reading than a typical night at The Social.

A Prairie Home Companion Live in HD

Garrison Keillor's "A Prairie Home Companion" is cinecast in HD to theaters across North America, and Carl F Gauze witnesses radio on the big screen.

Monotonix

Monotonix and Surfer Blood help Parafora Productions celebrate 3 years of amazing live music at Orlando's BackBooth. Jen Cray is still reeling.

Neon Indian

Front man Alan Palomo shows a Tallahassee crowd there's more to Neon Indian than just a guy hunched in front of a Macbook.

Polysics

Polysics pick up where Devo left off, only they do it a whole lot weirder.

Sister Hazel

Despite the frigid outdoor temperature, Gainesville's Sister Hazel delivered a set that was red hot.

Tegan and Sara

Tegan and Sara throw the seating chart out the window, liberating a sold-out crowd at the Tampa Theatre right out of their chairs.

The Terror Pigeon Dance Revolt

Chris Mullen becomes one-quarter of the audience at a little Terror Pigeon Dance Revolt show in Baltimore.

Winter NAMM 2010

With almost 90,000 registrants and over 1,300 exhibitors, this years' Winter NAMM showcased the latest in musical gear and broke a couple of records while doing it. Elianne Halbersberg shares some highlights.

Features

Alex Chilton: Children by the Million

Alex Chilton died March 17 in New Orleans. James Mann remembers the man who gave so much to so many.

Interviews

Dark Castle

Dark Castle brings a brand of metal mayhem that features some new layers of unique melodicism to SXSW. Guitarist Stevie Floyd runs it down for Ink 19 before the band departs on an upcoming European tour with Kylesa.

Imelda May

"How High The Moon," indeed. Imelda May's tribute to Les Paul & Mary Ford — with Jeff Beck along for the ride — not only caused quite a sensation at the Grammys, it opened America's eyes and ears to an Irish singing sensation on the rise. Steve Stav recently talked to Ms. May about her big night, guitar god Beck, and her upcoming U.S. tour.

Moon Duo

Sanae Yamada and Ripley Johnson of Moon Duo have only been together for a short time but they've already covered some Christmas songs, they have a new EP called Escape, and they will perform at this year's SXSW. Johnson was kind enough to take time off from staring at the sun to answer Ink 19's questions. Ride on....

Music Reviews

Angels & Airwaves

LOVE Review by Jen Cray.

Aosoth

Ashes of Angels (Agonia Records). Review by Matthew Moyer.

Bad Lieutenant

Never Cry Another Tear (Original Signal). Review by Sean Slone.

Barry Manilow

The Greatest Love Songs of All Time (Arista / Sony Music). Review by Christopher Long.

David Ford

Let the Hard Times Roll. Review by Tim Wardyn.

Die Hard

Nihilistic Vision (Agonia). Review by Matthew Moyer.

Good Shoes

No Hope No Future (Brille Records). Review by Carl F Gauze.

Hellbastard

Eco-War, The Need To Kill (Selfmadegod). Review by Matthew Moyer.

Inferno

Black Devotion (Agonia). Review by Matthew Moyer.

Javelina

Beasts Among Sheep (Translation Loss Records). Review by Carl F Gauze.

Johnny Cash

American VI: Ain't No Grave (American Records). Review by Tim Wardyn.

Juliana Hatfield

Peace and Love (Ye Olde Records). Review by Laura Pontillo.

Medication

This Town (HoZac). Review by Matthew Moyer.

Midlake

The Courage of Others (Bella Union Records). Review by Tim Wardyn.

Moon Duo

Escape (Woodsist). Review by Matthew Moyer.

Motion City Soundtrack

My Dinosaur Life (Columbia Records). Review by Tim Wardyn.

MV and EE

Barn Nova (Ecstatic Peace). Review by Matthew Moyer.

Parlour Steps

The Hidden Names (Nine Mile Records). Review by Carl F Gauze.

Paul Meyers Quartet Featuring Frank Weiss

Paul Meyers Quartet Featuring Frank Weiss (Miles High Records). Review by Carl F Gauze.

Quasi

American Gong (Kill Rock Stars). Review by Rose Petralia.

Rodrigo Y Gabriela

11:11 (Rubyworks Records/ ATO Records). Review by Tim Wardyn.

The Izzys

Keep Your Powder Dry (Fat Man). Review by James Mann.

The Mercury Program

Chez Viking (Lovitt Records). Review by Carl F Gauze.

Yukon Blonde

Yukon Blonde (Bumstead Productions Ltd., Nevado Records). Review by Carl F Gauze.

Music A

Animal Collective

Campfire Songs (Paw Tracks). Review by Matthew Moyer.

ART-I-FACTS

Great Performances from 40 Years of Jazz at NEC (New England Conservatory of Music). Review by Carl F Gauze.

Mulatu Astatke

From New York City to Addis Ababa (Strut). Review by Matthew Moyer.

Au

Versions (Aagoo). Review by Carl F Gauze.

Music M

Allison Moorer

Crows (Ryko). Review by Tim Wardyn.

Music S

Frank Sinatra

Strangers in the Night (Concord). Review by Christopher Long.

Schooner

Duck Kee Sessions EP (CyTunes.org). Review by Eric J. Iannelli.

Struck By Lightning

Serpents (Transaction Loss). Review by Carl F Gauze.

The Swell Season

Strict Joy (Anti-). Review by Tim Wardyn.

Print Reviews

Dance of Days

Akashic Press expands, redesigns, and re-releases Mark Anderson and Mark Jenkins's invaluable DIY learning tool, Dance of Days. Even better, it's just as energizing as the first read. What were YOU up to at age 16?

Crown of Love: Volume 1

A little-known 1998 teenage romance Manga gets a reissue.

Screen Reviews

Da Doo Ron Ron: The Story of Phil Spector

A 1982 documentary on the career of Phil Spector, mastermind of the '60s girl groups and inventor of The Wall of Sound, is re-released for our viewing pleasure?

The Devil Went Home and Puked

Carl F Gauze peers through the staticky viewfinder and sees a fascinating if incoherent collection of videos, movies and concert footage for the Guided By Voices fan.