HO: Characters you would axe

4. Demarcus - Don’t see the point in the character, probably introduced so when Toby goes Demarcus can replace him. 6. Brooke - Send Brooke off to Manchester or London with Ripley. 7. Ripley - Send Ripley off to Manchester or London with Brooke. 9. Trish - Give her a...

Ollie And The Nightingales’ Self-Titled Album: A Landmark Stax Recording

Being one of Stax’s greatest vocal groups did not necessarily make you one of the most famous. Ollie And The Nightingales started as a Memphis gospel group, The Dixie Nightingales, their name styled after The Dixie Hummingbirds, though their musical approach was somewhat different. They began recording in the late 50s and turned up on Stax’s gospel subsidiary, Chalice, in the mid-60s, notably recording the beautiful lament “Assassination” in tribute to John F. Kennedy.
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Live Review: Monday at All Points East 2021

The third and final day of All Points East began with a gloomy start. Whether the haze was the dust settling from the days which came before or pathetic fallacy for sore heads, across the park, the reverb-heavy riff of Foals’ 'Inhaler' rang out, carried by the cool breeze; early risers treated to a free soundcheck gig.

Upcoming Twin Cities Shows: September 2021 (Week 1)

Here are some shows about the Twin Cities in the first week of September 2021. If your band is in the Minneapolis / St. Paul is coming, please email [email protected] well in advance. Thanks very much. Read more Minneapolis music guides. 9/1/2021: Tori Evans on 7th Street. Continue reading.

Playbill Vault's Today in Theatre History: August 23

1852 Broadway premiere of Uncle Tom's Cabin, based on the novel about slavery by Harriet Beecher Stowe. 1920 The Bat, the hugely popular thriller by Mary Roberts Rinehart and Avery Hopwood, opens at the Morosco Theatre and goes on to run 867 performances. 1926 George Burns and Gracie Allen make...

The Nightingales

Call of the Void follows up their 2019 PREFECTS vinyl anthology with this deluxe reissue of the 1982 debut LP from the NIGHTINGALES, who were essentially a revamped PREFECTS with a more expansive creative outlook. Pigs on Purpose landed in somewhat of a UK post-punk liminal state, right in between the scratchy eccentricity of the late ’70s/early ’80s SWELL MAPS/FALL axis and the disjointed, abrasive side of the C86 scene that was a few years around the corner (think BIG FLAME and all those Ron Johnson bands), after which the NIGHTINGALES would spend the rest of the ’80s charting a MEKONS-esque path away from wiry art-punk and toward an unironic embrace of country and western music—maybe that’s why Pigs on Purpose is rarely mentioned in the same breath as … In “Jane From Occupied Europe” or Hex Enduction Hour or any number of similar and now-canonized LPs from the same general time and place, but whatever the reason, it’s unfortunate. SUBWAY SECT/ALTERNATIVE TV-style first wave punk gets bent into new jumbled shapes on “Blood for Dirt” and “One Mistake,” vocalist Robert Lloyd comes off like a well-adjusted version of Mark E. Smith narrating over the sparse but frenetic FALL-like rhythms of “Start From Scratch” and “The Hedonists Sigh,” and “Blisters” and “The Crunch” work up a hyper-strum jangle that all but anticipates the WEDDING PRESENT; it’s like a crash course in the UK underground’s trajectory throughout the Thatcher years. And even better, the original LP is appended this time around by a second disc’s worth of demos and tracks from the group’s early singles on Rough Trade and Cherry Red, which would be worth the price of admission on their own—double your pleasure!