Bentley's Bandstand: Dawes, Nothing Is Wrong

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BY BILL BENTLEY Dawes, Nothing Is Wrong, ATO Records It isn't always easy being the new Great American Band, especially when not everyone has found out yet. But Dawes are surely knocking on that door right now, and with Nothing Is Wrong there's a … [Read more...]

BENTLEY'S BANDSTAND: Amos Lee, Mission Bell, Blue Note Records

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BY BILL BENTLEY Amos Lee, Mission Bell, Blue Note Records Hope springs everywhere. With all the battering the music business has taken in the past few years, an artist like Amos Lee stands like a lighthouse. Maybe because he stays away from the … [Read more...]

Bentley's Bandstand: Brian Wilson Reimagines Gershwin

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BY BILL BENTLEY Brian Wilson, Reimagines Gershwin, Walt Disney Records Winnie the Pooh, another proud member of the Walt Disney stable, would surely be smiling about Brian Wilson's new album, if for no other reason that it takes a minute to make … [Read more...]

Bentley's Bandstand: Carlou D's Muzikr

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BY BILL BENTLEY Carlou D, Muzikr, World Village Records So often the best music sounds like nursery rhymes for adults. No matter what language they use, some singers are able to go immediately deep inside us without hardly trying. They have instant … [Read more...]

Bentley's Bandstand: Various Artists: The Psychedelic Sounds of the Sonic Cathedral: A Tribute to Roky Erickson and the 13th Floor Elevators

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BY BILL BENTLEY Various Artists: The Psychedelic Sounds of the Sonic Cathedral: A Tribute to Roky Erickson and the 13th Floor Elevators Sonic Cathedral Records In so many ways, much of modern music is a tribute to the 13th Floor Elevators. They … [Read more...]

Bentley's Bandstand: Bill Kirchen's Word to the Wise

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BY BILL BENTLEY Bill Kirchen, Word To The Wise, Proper American Just when it seems like every guest artist album has been made, and are even starting to drift into the area of gags—what's next, Paul Anka and Axl Rose sing the songs of Sesame … [Read more...]

Bentley' s Bandstand: Otis Redding, Live On The Sunset Strip

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BY BILL BENTLEY Otis Redding, Live On The Sunset Strip, Stax Records In early 1966, there was no more exciting singer than Otis Redding. He was at that exact apex where his unrelenting power intersected with a growing public profile. And although … [Read more...]

Bentley's Bandstand: V.M. Bhatt & Matt Malley, Stone River Boys, Trombone Shorty

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BY BILL BENTLEY www.sonicboomers.com V.M. Bhatt & Matt Malley, Sleepless Nights, World Village Records It may have been said many years ago, but it is still true: music is the healing force. There is nothing like it for moving through our … [Read more...]

Bentley's Bandstand: Shelby Lynne, Moby Grape, Lay Low

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BY BILL BENTLEY www.sonicboomers.com Shelby Lynne, Tears, Lies And Alibis, Everso Records When you want to get the job done, to really nail it to the wall so there will never be a chance it has to be redone, bring in the pro. Someone who’s been … [Read more...]

Bentley's Bandstand: Susan Cowsill, The Nels Cline Singers, Roky Erickson with Okkervil River

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BY BILL BENTLEY www.sonicboomers.com Susan Cowsill, Lighthouse, Threadhead Records If you truly love New Orleans, it's like being seduced by another person. The way the colorful characters there exist in their own world, the trees are ancient and … [Read more...]