REVIEW: Oblique Quartet – Tlaloc Beat

Dear Reader: Staff writer Justin Vellucci promised us a review of Oblique Quartet’s debut record,Tlaloc Beat, in his words, “by the end of May, drop-dead latest.” As I am writing this, September is nearly over. In the spirit of fairness to the musicians who labored over the product, we have decided to instead publish Vellucci’s notes…

Welcome To Pittsburgh #6: Night Vapor – S/T

Welcome to, Welcome to, Welcome to Welcome To Pittsburgh. Long time, no see. My fault, really. Computer died, brain is fried, et cetera, et cetera. No time for small talk, though, because today Pittsburgh, if there’s any justice left in this dusty speck of a universe, should be covered in the oily residue that is…

REVIEW: Have Gun, Will Travel – “Science From An Easy Chair”

Have Gun, Will Travel’s latest outing, Science From An Easy Chair, is an ode to a sunken ship and those that survived the travail. It is, while heralded as pristine in some corners, as far as I can throw a cat, mild-mannered, hit-some-targets roots-rock and, at best, a lazy attempt at a song cycle, or, worse,…