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CD REVIEW: Karl Werne

CD REVIEW: Karl Werne

Karl Werne “This Little Notebook” (Self-Release) Talk about a great 50th birthday: Karl Werne releases an outstanding collection of introspective songs and headlines at the American Theatre. You could say it is a coming of age of sorts. Like a fine red blend of French Bordeaux, Werne seems to get better with age. “This Little

Under the Hypnotic Spell of Blaq Magie

By Jeff Maisey   Traprock Misfit, aka K’Bana Blaq, is known to many as the flamboyant male vocalist in The Fuzz Band, a Hampton-based R&B group known for its cross-over appeal, whether taking on soul, hip hop, rock, jazz or ‘80s synth-pop. K’Bana also has an emerging solo career and has released a fabulous, trippy

CD REVIEW: Tempest

Tempest “The Tracks We Leave” (Magna Carta) Tempest, those pirate-clad, swashbuckling progressive Celtic rocking musicians based in the San Francisco Bay area, have set sail with what is arguably the veteran group’s most bountiful collection of tunes. Throughout the 11 “tracks,” Tempest weaves a seamless mixture of traditionally-rooted Irish, Scottish and Norwegian music with ‘70s-era

CD REVIEW: Vinny Peculiar

Vinny Peculiar “Down the Bright Stream” (Shadrack & Duxbury Records) For his 10th studio album, Vinny Peculiar (aka Alan Wilkes) flows “Down The Bright Stream” of life, reflecting on things of the past, set in his homeland of Manchester, England. Aural moods and lyrical whimsy paint an interesting picture through his eyes. The “hit” single

CD REVIEW: Deist Requiem

Deist Requiem “The Happiness Delusion” (Sacrifice Records) Veteran local metal/industrial recording artists Deist Requiem return with a hard-pounding collection of 10 songs powered by the relentless Jodi Joy (drums), Kyzer Kooper (vox/keys), Brance Arnold (guitar) and Brian Powers (bass). Recorded at GWAR’s Slave Pit Studio in RVA and produced by h3 of hERETICS iN tHE

Feast Upon TCC Faculty Art Exhibition

By Betsy DiJulio   Like an all-you-can-eat buffet, large group exhibitions are nothing if not diverse, especially non-juried ones.  Some of the offerings are tantalizing, even if not everyone’s taste, some have broad popular appeal, and some are easy to walk past, if not consciously avoid. The current faculty exhibition at TCC is no different. 

Old Chub Nitro Scotch Ale

Old Chub Nitro Scotch Ale Oskar Blues Brewery Admittedly, I’m a fan of nitrogen-gas, malty British-style beers. Having traveled frequently to Scotland I can’t say I’ve had a finer Scotch Ale than this new entry from Longmont, Colorado’s Oskar Blues Brewery. This version of Old Chub comes in a 4-pack of 16-ounce cans with one