The Gypsy Nomads – Happy Madness

Happy Madness, the fourth album from the duo affectionately know by fans as "Frenchy and the Punk", is chock full of bouncy, fun cabaret punk. The Gypsy Nomads - Samantha Stephenson (percussion, vocals) and Scott Helland (guitar, vocals) - are hard to pin down to any one style. If the Violent Femmes and and Katzenjammer had babies, this is what it … [Read more...]

Gogol Bordello – Trans-Continental Hustle

Welcome to the Eugene Hutz show, aka Gogol Bordello. Who else is in the band these days? I know Sergey (violin) is still around, as are the two women who offer up percussion and dancing at live shows, but does the once large band still exist? On Gogol's latest release, Trans-Continental Hustle, it's hard to tell. The album certainly contains … [Read more...]

Short Takes on Two Singles and One Full Length

Amy Denio - Tutto Bene: Canzoni Sulla Fisa Spoot Music http://www.amydenio.com/ An album of accordion music? You betcha! This gifted composer and multi-instrumentalist based in Seattle, WA has more than 43 CDs to her credit. She tours with gypsy-core band Kultur Shock and collaborates with many others. Twenty tracks of accordion music … [Read more...]

Guignol & Mischief Brew – Fight Dirty

Not being at all familiar with the separate work of Guignol or Mischief Brew, the bands' collaborative release¬†Fight Dirty strikes me as an album recorded by just one, incredibly cohesive band. I'll further admit to not being at all familiar with the members of Guignol's other bands (The Hold Steady, World/Inferno Friendship Society, Antony & … [Read more...]

DeVotchka Tour Dates

1/27 - Aspen, CO @ Belly Up 1/28 - Salt Lake City, UT @ In the Venue 1/29 - Reno, NV @ Grand Sierra Resort & Casino - Grand Theatre 1/30 - San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore 1/31 - San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore 2/2 - West Hollywood, CA @ Viper Room 2/4 - San Diego, CA @ The Belly Up 2/5 - Tempe, AZ @ The Clubhouse 2/6 - … [Read more...]