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Feel the Burn

The concept album, when done well (The Who’s “Tommy,” for example), can raise a band’s artistry to a new level, attracting new listeners and garnering the respect of critics. When done poorly (KISS’ “The Elder”), it can serve as a permanent source of embarrassment for not only the band, but fans as well.

After two well-received albums, Age of Winters and Gods of the Earth, Austin’s The Sword opted for the concept...


Playing With Fire moves, Stir Cove continues on

* The Playing with Fire concert series is moving its Saturday, July 16 show, headlined by Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, to higher ground. The new location is at Stinson Park in Aksarben Village. Organizers decided to move to the public park, which sits on the southwest corner of the development near West Center Road and South 65th Avenue, after rising flood concerns along the downtown riverfront forced the event...


Team Love’s ‘Financial Crunch;’ Schnase Returns to Cursive

This week is catch-up time for a couple news items that have been simmering in the background. First, what exactly is going on at Team Love Records, the label started by Conor Oberst and Nate Krenkel, whose roster has included Jenny Lewis and the Watson Twins, Craig Wedren, Dave Dondero and Berg Sans Nipple? Eyebrows rose when it was announced that Nik Freitas' new album, Sunday Night Underwater, was going to be...


Stretching Out

Betsy Wells is a band of boys just getting some distance from their teenage years, but youth and young manhood belie the band's rapid maturation. Led by guitarist and lead vocalist Jordan Smith, the band is set to release its second EP, The Calm, as a Friday night show at the Waiting Room Lounge, 6212 Maple St. “We all just freshly turned 21,” Smith says over beers at the Pizza Shoppe in Benson. The band...


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