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BY: Tim Brennan
I've already said I'm a fan of this band. Fine, I'm biased. Just give this CD a listen. If you hate it, tell me why. If you like it, throw the guys some cash and pay for the actual CD.
BY: Tim Brennan
On a recent 11-hour trip to a gig in Cleveland, I thought back to all the changes that have happened since my first road trip.
BY: Tim Brennan
This year my band released our fourth CD. We did it all wrong. Way wrong. So, for anyone who hasn't liked my review of their music, feel free to take shots at mine.
BY: Tim Brennan
Introducing you to some local music through the evil world of Spotify.
BY: Tim Brennan
Why you should be at the Windjammer on Saturday.
BY: Tim Brennan
If you're a musician or attend shows on a regular basis, you might've come across these types. They're at every show, in every crowd, and they're experts at pissing people off.
BY: Tim Brennan
Music blogger Tim Brennan reviews the local band who just released their new, six-song album, Good Luck.
BY: Tim Brennan
After laying down the law on his kids at his house, blogger Tim Brennan draws comparisons to Mayor Riley laying down the law on bars and restaurants wanting to stay open past 12am on Upper King.
BY: Tim Brennan
Careful! When the clock strikes 12 midnight, and you're in downtown Charleston, you might be turned.... away from all bars. Because they're closed. Weigh in on this topic, and speak your piece.
BY: Tim Brennan
Don't find yourself in a jam, and miss all the bands at this summer's first big music festival on the lovely grounds of the Charleston Tea Plantation. Here is a set by set list of who's playing.
BY: Tim Brennan
Most people teach themselves how to play a few chords on guitar, but when a friend asked Tim Brennan to recommend a good guitar teacher for his son, he drew a blank. Who are YOUR favorite instructors?
BY: Tim Brennan
Most band names are stupid. Rolling Stone recently called "The Beatles" the worst name in rock. Dave Grohl called the "Foo Fighters" a stupid name. So, how do you make your band name less stupid?
BY: Tim Brennan
Mark Bryan of Hootie and the Blowfish, returns with some heavy hitting musical friends for a panel discussion on the challenges bands face as they set out on a tour.
BY: Tim Brennan
MORE MUSIC! Tim Brennan reviews three new CD's by local artists Band of Horses, Dunder Chiefs and Fowler's Mustache. These new albums are sure to mix up your music no matter what your tastes.
BY: Tim Brennan
Too many benefit shows to choose from? Well, the band A Fragile Tomorrow brings a new meaning to the word "benefit" with their show at the Windjammer this coming Saturday
BY: Tim Brennan
Darius Rucker, Mark Bryan, and Cary Ann Hearst uncover the secret of songwriting at CofC's In The Mix Series. This once in a lifetime event gave a look at the true source of amazing music.
BY: Tim Brennan
Young musicians (and all you creative types out there), during this season of gatherings, beware of those relatives and family friends trying to “help you” with their own brand of career advice...
BY: Tim Brennan
Actually, don’t call it lying. It’s fiction. Entertainment. Reality. Ethical? Who cares? Lately, rewards from lying are getting greater—just ask Elan Gale or the waitress who faked a bit of bigotry...
BY: Tim Brennan
When done right, getting high can be a very, very good thing. Therapeutic, even. My wife and I did so the other day--from Sullivan's to Seabrook, we were way up there. Here are 15+ pics from the trip
BY: Tim Brennan
I'm sure you've asked yourself, "How is a wedding like a CD release concert?" This question has kept you up at night. Now I present to you my 13 answers. You may now rest easy.
BY: Tim Brennan
The other night, a preconception of mine was challenged: I always tip bartenders when I play a gig, but one band member I overheard strongly disagrees with that. What do you think?
BY: Tim Brennan
It's Friday. Have a laugh. You need it. A YouTube hit, with a killer marching band tucked in there, too (P.S. This Sat: Tyler Mechem opening for Michael McDonald; 3 Band CD release at the Music Hall)
BY: Tim Brennan
These three bands broke all of my rules for planning a big show—they're basically doing the opposite of what I'd do. But I'll tell you why this is still a big-time must-see performance...
BY: Tim Brennan
Murder, weed, guns—they're the main themes of MIA's 2007 hit "Paper Planes" and Stop Light Obervation's Grit video submission, which is a ballsy cover of the song live at the Music Farm. Video here
BY: Tim Brennan
The debut CD from the former lead singer of The Shaniqua Brown is a departure from her former band's punk/metal reputation. Why Shovels & Rope, Gillian Welch, and Neko Case fans will get into it
BY: Tim Brennan
Here's why the Miley Cyrus episode clogging the Internet this week bugs me, but it's not what you think... (hint: it's kind of worse)
BY: Tim Brennan
Where has Crowfield gone? For his part, singer Tyler James Mechem disappeared into the woods and emerged with this song and video. Spoiler alert: no Sasquatch was found
BY: Tim Brennan
Watching A-Rod got me thinking: How does someone—be it a baseball player, a writer, or a band—go from the minors to the majors? Here are my 4 CRITERIA for being a great band (or artist, or employee..)
BY: Tim Brennan
Confession: I went for the smaller acts. Here's my take on the big show at the Family Circle Stadium last week, plus photos and my favorite act of the night
BY: Tim Brennan
What do the bands named above, Spoleto, the Appalachian Trail, psychoactive homemade liquor, and Sanford have in common? This blog post. Read on, friends. Read on
BY: Tim Brennan
... Or am I lying to myself? IS there life in rock and roll after becoming a father? Here's what my fellow dad-friends and I have figured out so far...
BY: Tim Brennan
What happens when a small local band goes on tour? Does it guarantee fame? Break-ups? Bad tattoos? I sat down with 2 soon-to-be-touring groups at Blind Tiger to find out the plan... if there is one
BY: Tim Brennan
How's Charleston handling the marathon bombings? This blogger's spot-on take stayed with us—plus, find info on how you can stand with Boston this weekend, here in Charleston
BY: Tim Brennan
What kinds of people did those bombers target? I'll tell you—because when I think about what happened this week, that's who I'm thinking of... They're a force, make no mistake
BY: Tim Brennan
Which local band has the best video of 2013? You help decide—the winner gets $250 bucks. Check out the first entry and give it a thumbs up or down...
BY: Tim Brennan
Can emotional scars make awesome tunes? Do well-adjusted teens signal the end of quality rock? I may have a solution
BY: Tim Brennan
Style tips for aspiring musicians (from a guy with zero fashion sense): Don't go onstage looking like a roadie, what I think about bands in costume, is Charleston's "praire rock" look done? And more
BY: Tim Brennan
Though you sure can't learn the definition of ironic from Alanis Morissette, I discovered Saturday night that if you listen closely, the Charleston duo Shovels & Rope can teach you a thing or two...
BY: Tim Brennan
The musician from Fowler's Mustache who nearly lost his life last summer quietly took to the stage last night, covering Bob Dylan's "I Shall Be Released" and reminding us to embrace the little things
BY: Tim Brennan
There was plenty of chatter over whether Tim was spot on in his assessment of Luke Cunningham's performance in particular...

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