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Savannah Stopover 2017 Superlatives: A Festival Review

Savannah Stopover 2017 Superlatives: A Festival Review

This year’s iteration of the Savannah Stopover festival in Savannah, GA was a wild ride through a wide array of genres, venues, and individual performers. A sort of miniature South by Southwest, Stopover continues to grow and bring in great up and coming talent and give them a good deal of exposure in the southeast. While...
More Life by Drake: An Album Review

More Life by Drake: An Album Review

Ever since it was first announced the elephant in the room for More Life was its distinction as the follow-up to Drake’s 2016 release Views. Regardless of what people thought of Views, it was a landmark album. It was an hour and twenty-one minute release from one of the biggest names in music who at...
An Interview with Plagues

An Interview with Plagues

Plagues released “Miracle Worker,” a sludgy, chaotic EP, equal parts melodic and abrasive, in August of 2016. Since then they have become a cornerstone of the Charleston hardcore scene, known for their collaborative ethos and physically taxing live performances. Their lyrics might recall isolation and frustration, but sonically Plagues creates a dense atmosphere that doesn’t...
Women & The Rolling Stones at the Music Hall -- A Show Review

Women & The Rolling Stones at the Music Hall — A Show Review

On Friday, February 24th the Charleston Music Hall hosted “Women & the Rolling Stones: A Tribute to the Stones,” the most recent installment in Hazel Ketcham and Lindsay Holler’s “Women &” series in which local female vocalists cover songs by the masters of rock and roll. The series began in 2015 with a tribute to...
One Voice, Nine Personalities-- Ladysmith Black Mambazo, a Show Review

One Voice, Nine Personalities– Ladysmith Black Mambazo, a Show Review

Ladysmith Black Mambazo is a 9-piece traditional South African choir, who perform in the Isicathamiya style, that has attained legendary status at this point. The all male ensemble has been performing for 57 years now with a rotating roster of members, predominantly from the Shabalala family. Ladysmith was catapulted to international fame in 1986, when...
CYR's Savannah Stopover Music Festival Preview: 10 Shows You Don't Want to Miss

CYR’s Savannah Stopover Music Festival Preview: 10 Shows You Don’t Want to Miss

Savannah Stopover has become one of the most fascinating music festivals in the south over the seven years that it has been active. The festival takes place in various bars and venues in downtown Savannah, Georgia and consists of musical acts who are making their way to Austin, Texas for South By Southwest. Not only...
CYR Takes Buku, Part Two: Don Crescendo's Top 10

CYR Takes Buku, Part Two: Don Crescendo’s Top 10

The Buku Music + Arts Project combines the best in hip hop, indie rock, and electronic music in an environment that feels as if it could be right out of the next hip apocalypse movie. Imagine raving out next to some of the biggest Mardi Gras floats which seem to come back to life with...
Your Talent Will Look After You: An Interview with Wreckless Eric

Your Talent Will Look After You: An Interview with Wreckless Eric

Eric Goulden (a.k.a. Wreckless Eric) is a pioneer of the British Punk and New Wave movements, though he would deny that. He has been active and touring since the mid-1970’s and broke onto the scene with his self-titled debut album in 1978, which was fronted by his hit single “Whole Wide World”. The song has...
The Courtneys II by The Courtneys -- An Album Review

The Courtneys II by The Courtneys — An Album Review

The Courtneys’ first self-titled album was released in 2013, and since then the all-girl trio has released a slew of punchy singles and music videos before finding their home at Flying Nun Records, the independent New Zealand label through which they have finally graced us with their sophomore album, The Courtneys II.   Self-described as...
An Interview with Full of Hell

An Interview with Full of Hell

  Full of Hell is an experimental hardcore band that lies somewhere in the realms of powerviolence, sludge metal, and grindcore. Their sound is hard to classify into a distinct genre category, which is a refreshing feat in the hardcore scene. When it comes down to it, Full of Hell’s experimental and collaborative nature sets...
"Process" by Sampha -- An Album Review

“Process” by Sampha — An Album Review

Sampha’s solo debut, Process, is dynamic and meditative, and showcases Sampha’s ability as a solo musician, as he successfully transitions from his role as a backup singer and “featured” vocalist into the front man. Sampha was featured on some of the most critically and commercially successful releases of 2016, providing vocals for Kanye West, Frank...
For dead friends and heroes -- an interview with William Basinski

For dead friends and heroes — an interview with William Basinski

William Basinski’s newest work, “A Shadow in Time”, is for dead friends and heroes. The first track, “For David Robert Jones”, is an ambient eulogy for David Bowie that utilizes a rethought aesthetic for Basinski, and “A Shadow in Time” is a droning work that celebrates the life of friends that Basinski has lost. I...
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