Bleak and Beautiful – Low Country Hill

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Let’s talk about the weather. It’s only mid-November, and the Those Who Dig crew is already digging out from their first snowfall and struggling with biting colds. In truth, we secretly love it, as cold weather is a great excuse for warm, whiskey drinks and your new favorite winter album, Low Country Hill‘s debut, self-titled release.

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Jack Campbell

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At Those Who Dig, we’ve reviewed some pretty industrial music, and we’ve reviewed some really raw songwriting, but we have admittedly overlooked most of the in between. Luckily, Chicago’s Jack Campbell reminded us of the wonderful world of possibilities in blending acoustic and processed sounds and ideology, with his new release, “Keen Coyote Music.”

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Grasping at Straws

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The album begins. Within 5 seconds, we hear banjo, we hear some shouted vocals. We’re in Riverwest. We here Ernest Brusubardis’ violin playing, with more swing and soul than his fiddling with the now-on-hiatus Calamity Janes. It’s that sort of sound at which every brick in this area of town must now permanently reverberate. That’s not to say that this is just another folk album, though.

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Whiskey Doubles Sweet “Honey Creek EP”

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With each passing year, music sites across the world keep adding items to their already huge drop-down lists for style and genre. Categories, sub-categories, and niches define and divide music into endlessly ways, and excitedly, Milwaukee-based multi-instrumental quartet Whiskey Doubles adds yet another niche with their debut effort, Honey Creek EP.

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Oh Hush Now, Your Obligatory Delphines Review

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Well kids, they did it. Milwaukee’s psychedelic, surf-rock, shoegazing wonders, The Delphines, released a full-length album. While nowhere nearing the length of Beethoven symphony or heavy metal concept album, it carries just as much weight. The lo-fi quartet amped up their songwriting and recording techniques and delivered a savagely energetic yet mature 28 minutes of music.

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Failures’ Union Succeeds with “Tethering”

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Music is constantly in flux between traditional and groundbreaking, familiar and fancily new, and generally speaking, there are sweet spots at each end of the spectrum and a delicate overlap right in between. Failure’s Union’s recent release, “Tethering”, consists of 13 relatively short and snappy tunes and does well on the each end of the spectrum, but needs some work in the middle. The album itself in a way demonstrates the spectrum of innovation, with the strong start consisting new sounds and styles, and end convincingly playing out in the style of 90s alt rock, and the middle somewhat faltering somewhere in between.

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